Host Spotlight: an opportunity to shine a light on our wonderful radio hosts and wider community, be it a new music release, a brand new music residency or simply to champion them as an individual. This week, we sit down with ‘Ritmo’ host Emily Rose Clark aka Rose.
Radio host and freelance translator, voiceover artist and photographer, Rose’s skills have taken her across the globe. Between Europe, the US and Africa, she has certainly clocked some miles over the past few years before her lifestyle sadly had to adapt.
Having left South Africa prematurely due to the pandemic, Rose admits to ‘living out of a suitcase for most of the first lockdown’, which didn’t give her the easiest start to the year but ‘the decision to come back was definitely a sound one’. Beginning Ritmo at the same time allowed Rose to reconnect with old friends as well as integrating herself into the Melodic family, which ‘definitely lent me a solid foundation and a sense of community, even virtually – to the MDR chat room!’
With travelling so integral to Rose’s work, she enthuses that ‘travel has absolutely contributed to my musical tastes, as it’s allowed me to see and collect music first-hand that I wouldn’t have otherwise’. However, she cites the origins as family: ‘family is really key to me, and music has always been central to that. I also lived in Spain for the first 18 years of my life, and I think the combination of my parents’ own really eclectic music taste and the backdrop of Spain’s musical and cultural history made me really look for and respect music that crosses borders; music that tells a story, as Ritmo says’.
Ritmo atwork, by Vitamin D
Ritmo, meaning ‘rhythm’ in Spanish and Italian, became Rose’s way to journey across the world without physically being able to. ‘The lack of travel made me more conscious of the music I listen to, and so the mission became to taste those delicious sonic flavours more consciously and understand the world better while still at home’. As things gradually get back to business, Rose looks forward to inviting fellow hosts onto her shows, as well as photographing live gigs and returning to the club (aren’t we all!)
Rose has just started work on a virtual exhibition focussing around portraits of various local creatives, taken as a series over 12 months to document how each person’s creative experience evolves: ‘I’m excited to see how the creative landscape will develop and to find a place within that; we all know how difficult these things are to predict, but the creative sector looks set to come back bigger and brighter than ever before’. With hopes of turning it into a physical exhibition, it’s also a space for people to document and reflect on this last year. If you’d like to join the conversation, get in touch!
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