Heather LaRose Exclusive Interview & "Kerosene" Video Release

Heather LaRose is an American electro-pop singer, songwriter and guitar player from New York City with more than 54K followers. Best known for her song "New Moon," from her EP "Beachside", which was featured on MTV's Teen Wolf. Growing up, listening to classics like Abba, The Beach Boys and The Beatles along with early 2000s pop inspired her to begin singing and writing. Her upbeat blend of electronics and real instruments garnered her sponsorship by Gibson Guitars.

Heather LaRose

Heather LaRose

I sat down with Heather for an exclusive interview ahead of the release of her new video “Kerosene” on Friday December 14, 2019.

“The video was shot with some of my closest friends and bandmates James Byrne, David Vogel, Bianca Muniz, Jackie Muniz, Stefano DB, Michael Hojnacki, Takahiro Izumikawa at an awesome studio in Norwalk, Connecticut called Underground Studios. I think the live aspect of a song is important, it's a calumniation of all the words and emotions being brought to life. When you go through a traumatic experience, it's really important to be open with how you're feeling, especially to your friends. This live performance is so important to me because my friends have been such a great support system and you can hear that come through the way they help me bring "Kerosene" to life,” she told me.

 She reflected on her writing specially her new single “Kerosene”, “For each song, my process is different. Most of the time I start with the chorus and build the story around my emotions or whatever triggered me to start singing. But for “Kerosene”, I started with the first line as the first thing I wrote and built the song from the ground up. I wrote Kerosene after my ex-boyfriend passed away from Cancer. I got off the phone with the friend that introduced him and I. I just remember going into a state of complete shock. I wanted to cry but I felt paralyzed.”

 She continues, “It was a complicated relationship from the moment we met. It was the summer of 2014, I was going to school in New York and he was leaving to go to Tulane. But it was one of those instant attractions. We ended up spending almost every day together until the day him and his dad drove off. Even then we both face-timed each other for over an hour crying while he was in the passenger seat and his dad was driving. That was my first love. We both tried to make the long-distance work, but it was "summer dreams ripped at the seams" (Grease). Distance and priorities pulled us apart. But we seemed to get back together for a couple of weeks for the two following summers. It was never the same as that first summer, though. When he was diagnosed with cancer, it was almost a year since him and I spoke. That moment, I drove to his house and we just hugged each other crying. He and I forgot and forgave each other of all of the things we put each other through. In that moment, it was like the summer we first met. We kept in touch and it seemed like he was really on the mend. But then out of the blue I got the call he passed away.”

“Kerosene” is the day he passed away, but it's also the day I drove to his house, it's the day we first got back together, it's the day we first met.”

And this is what she said about the song, “Kerosene” is a dark electric blue. It's a pop ballad of hope and love burning through doubts and fears. I recorded Kerosene with the DJ duo CRWN, Crane and Charlie Brown (Millie Bobby Brown's brother). A few of the other singles are with some of my really close friends from Berklee: Jack Hoffman, greisun, Joel Ferber, Elliot Sorgen, Alex Venegas and my songs "Rumors" was with Greg Sgar (John Lennon Songwriting Contest) and Matt Pelosi. I love being able to work with friends as much as possible because you can hear the chemistry come through the track.”

In 2018, LaRose hit over a million streams. LaRose also gained recognition as opening act for Rachel Platten summer 2017, Drake Bell fall 2017, and for her performances at several of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign speeches, where Clinton also chose the Beachside EP’s “Run With Me” as her walk up song.  Her fresh sound has taken her to the stages of NYFW, LA Fashion Week, Miami Swim Week, NYC’s Bronx Zoo Festival, LA’s legendary Whisky A-GoGo, and a headlining performance at Montauk Music Festival.

 “I'm just wrapping up my recordings for an upcoming EP. I've spent the past year writing and reflecting, not just on my growth as a person, but also what it means to be a young woman in this era. My songs are about being bold, embracing who you are and what you've overcame. Since my ex-boyfriend passed away, I've had some extreme emotional highs and lows. I write a new song nearly every day. The EP is scheduled to be released in March 2019 just in time for SXSW. Right now, I have six unreleased songs but I might switch a couple out once I get back to LA in January. I already have some studio time booked. Music has been the best therapy.”

Heather is always perfecting her craft, she told me, “I was always a songwriter but singing was something I had to really train for. I could always connect with the story of a song and know the emotion to sing them with but I worked on a lot my technique by studying with teachers like Darryl Tookes (NYU), Amy Roslyn (Broadway cast Jesus Christ Super Star), while at Lagond Music School in Elmsford, NY, a nonprofit music school where I also worked. Then while I was in LA, I studied with Kira a celebrity vocal coach for the cast of Glee, Disney stars, etc. It wasn't until my second year of college where I really felt comfortable stepping away from my guitar and really calling myself a vocalist.”

Watch “Kerosene” video here:




Rick Ross, Billie Lourd, Ashley Benson, Jordyn Woods at AE's 40th Anniversary

American Eagle Outfitters celebrated their 40th anniversary at AE Studio in New York City on October 24, 2017. Actress Billie Lourd, actress Ashley Benson, model Jordyn Woods, model Iskra Lawrence, actor Dylan Sprouse, YouTuber Amanda Steele, Julie Sariñana of Sincerely Jules, influencer Liv Perez, DJ Isaac Likes, model Denise Bidot and actor Jack Weary (all wearing American Eagle) stopped by the new store design concept, AE Studio. Guests were treated to private performances by Music Mogul Rick Ross and Kitty Cash and a special preview of the new store which boasts an interactive Jeans Gallery with a Maker's Shop offering customization tools, a complimentary Laundry Wall, the brand's exclusive collaboration with Atelier & Repairs and more. 

Billie Lourd

Billie Lourd

DJ Kitty Cash kicked off the evening before Ross took to the stage to treat the VIP crowd to an epic performance. Opening with his hit single Hustlin', the rapper got all hands in the air as the crowd partied to tracks including The Boss, Aston Martin Music, and Trap Trap Trap. In true boss style, the music mogul closed out the evening by treating everyone to his favorite chicken wings by Wing Stop. Music wasn't the only hit of the evening, guests explored the new store space while customizing denim at the maker's shop, posing in the social media booth and screen printing with artist, Lisa King. 

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WWD Honors with Karl Lagerfeld and Lily-Rose Depp

Women’s Wear Daily celebrated the second annual WWD Honors at The Pierre in New York City on October 24, 2017. Featured awards distinguished outstanding company performance, executive leadership, and social responsibility. Recipients were recognized in front of more than 250+ c-level executives on the opening night of the WWD Apparel + Retail CEO Summit.

Lily-Rose Depp,  Karl Lagerfeld

Lily-Rose Depp,  Karl Lagerfeld

Miles Socha (Editor in Chief, WWD) took the stage to present awards to this year’s honorees, including:

o   Karl Lagerfeld (John B. Fairchild Honor)

o   Marco Bizzarri (Edward Nardoza Honor for CEO Creative Leadership)

o   Remo Ruffini on behalf of Moncler (Best-Performing Company, Large Cap)

o   Rick Ridgeway on behalf of Patagonia (Corporate Citizenship)

o   Julie Wainwright on behalf of The Real Real (Best-Performing Company, Small Cap)

Bridget Foley (Executive Editor, WWD) joined Socha on stage to bestow Lagerfeld with the John B. Fairchild Honor and introduced a video package highlighting his success spanning across spheres of fashion, photography, and interior design.

Following the awards presentations, Foley held a conversation with Karl Lagerfeld discussing his relationship with John B. Fairchild, career history, and takes on the current state of the fashion industry.

During the conversation with Karl Lagerfeld, Foley spoke about how earlier in the day at the Summit, during Kris Jenner’s conversation with Tommy Hilfiger, Jenner noted that the moment that crystallized the Kardashian family’s success was when Kendall Jenner walked in the Chanel fashion show.

When asked about what made Chanel the gold standard that it is, Lagerfeld reminisced, “When I took over Chanel, everyone said ‘don’t touch it, it’s dead.’”

In response to a question asking for advice for young designers, Lagerfeld replied, “I don’t believe in advice. When I was young I got no advice and the advice I got was not good… It’s so simple, you have to know what you want, you have to ask yourself questions, and if you are honest you know the answers.”

Earlier in the day, Kris Jenner (CEO, Jenner Communications) spoke on stage for a conversation with Tommy Hilfiger (Principal Designer, The Tommy Hilfiger Group) at the WWD Apparel + Retail CEO Summit.

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Anna Sui (Fashion Designer), Vera Wang (Fashion Designer), Anna Ewers (Model), Audrey Marnay (Model), Brad Kroenig (Model), Hari Nef (Actress / Model), Anastasia Soare (CEO & Founder, Anastasia Beverly Hills), Rick Ridgeway (VP of Environmental Affairs, Patagonia / Accepted Corporate CitizenshipAward on behalf of Patagonia), Remo Ruffini (CEO of Moncler / Accepted Best-Performing Company, Small Cap Award on behalf of Moncler), Julie Wainwright (Founder and CEO, TheRealReal / Accepted Best-Performing Company, Small Cap Award on behalf of TheRealReal).

Naughty by Nature Surprise Performance The Surf Lodge

Naughty by Nature's Treach, Vin Rock, and DJ Kay Gee, surprised guests at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY on July 3, 2017, with an hour performance rapping their 90's hits.

Naughty by Nature's  Treach, Vin Rock,  and  DJ Kay Gee, 

Naughty by Nature's Treach, Vin Rock, and DJ Kay Gee, 

They opened their set with "O.P.P.", then went on the rap "Uptown", "Craziest", "Respect", "Jamboree",  "Cali love". The beautiful crowd went crazy dancing and singing along.

Treach wore a khaki outfit with 5 white gold chains and a huge diamond-encrusted watch, by the third song he had taken his shirt off, leaving the chains and showing his incredibly cut and heavily tattooed body.

Vin Rock screamed on the mic: "How many Tupac riders do we have in the house?" 

Then Treach said on the mic how people are saying on social media "How can you play Biggy after you played MOP, because Biggy and Tupak had a fallout, first of all, because I can, Tupak was my brother then he introduced me to Biggy then Biggy became my brother."

"We are the love gang", making the heart shape with his hands.

"When I drink you drink, when I smoke you smoke, when I come to Long Island you come to Long Island", then Vin said: "And we called Montauk", then Treach continued "It's all part of the Long Island four five hundred dollars a night"

Naughty by Nature's  Treach  and  Selma Fonseca

Naughty by Nature's Treach and Selma Fonseca

The last song "Hip Hop Hooray" they pulled everyone on stage.

The previous night Hailey Baldwin and Jack Brinkley Cook, Rosario Dawson, were all having fun (separately) at the hot spot where Nashville's band "Bully" was playing.

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Rosario Dawson and Selma Fonseca