WORDS : MALVIKA PADIN
Sisters Molly and Zoe Flores knew they wanted to be rockstars early on in life. Today, at 20 and 21, the sisters are living their dream as rock quartet – which evolved from a duo with the addition of members Brandon Martinez and Charlie Bubenik – RōZY.
I knew I wanted to be a rockstar since I was little, and now I’m actually doing it
Recalling the first time they realised music is what they want to be doing for the rest of their lives, Molly says “ We did Camp Jam where you learn a song for a week and perform it in front of a crowd when we were around 10-11 years old. That was one of our first experiences on a stage and that’s when I knew this what I wanted to do,” Zoe adds, “I think it’s always been something I’ve hope to become ; I knew I wanted to be a rockstar since I was little, and now I’m actually doing it.”
The duo have been making music for a long time, first under their previous band name STARFIGHT ROCKS – writing love tracks inspired by car dealership signs. They say, “Anything at all. When we used to write under our old band name we wrote a track called “Archer,” because we drove past a car dealership sign that had that name and I thought it sounded cool. “
Blending this quirky originality with their preferred rock style, the duo became RōZY in 2018. Now as a quarter they have just dropped their debut single, “Come As You Are,” their own rendition of the Nirvana track.
We wanted to come out with something familiar to fans that’s also a bit new, rather than go for an original track
Talking about why they chose to release a cover song rather than an original as their debut single, the sisters explain,” We wanted to come out with something familiar to fans that’s also a bit new, rather than go for an original track straight off the bat. So we decided to go with a cover song for our debut single. We went with “Come As You Are” because when I was discovering new music when I was younger I became super obsessed with Nirvana ; I had the backpack, the T-Shirts, my alarm clock played “Heart Shaped Box” every morning. It’s also a song that’s covered too often so we decided to pay homage to it but in our style. “
Speaking of their style, they delve into their soundscape, “We like putting our music in the rock category but we don’t put ourselves sound-wise into any bracket – we can be pop or punk or do rap. We want our sound mainstream kind of in a way Paramore or Fall Out Boy made pop-punk mainstream.”
Their evolution from a two-piece to a four-piece has added further layers to their already diverse musicality. Speaking of how the dynamics have changed, they say, When it was just us it was easier because we live together but once we added Brandon, we learned to adapt in terms of getting together to make music. But at the same time it’s made our music more expansive. He’s into prog-rock while we keep things quite simple, so once he came into the band he added more layers to our sound. Charlie has been in the band since December and we clicked instantly, he also brings his own perspective to the sound. Everything actually flowed quite easily once we opened up to more people. “
We want you to believe in yourself. You can do anything if you put your mind to it. We didn’t give up and we are living our dream
While on the topic of evolution, they talk about genres they’d love to experiment with in the future, saying,” We’re Hispanic and Spanish music is something we haven’t ventured into, I think we’d be good at it if we tried. “ And it’s exactly this idea of trying the sisters are trying to push with their music and journey. About the message they’d like people to take away from their music, they say, “ We want you to believe in yourself. You can do anything if you put your mind to it. We didn’t give up and we are living our dream.”
Delving into those dream-like career highlights, Molly says, “ We did Superbowl Live across three days and there were so many people. I remember the feeling of seeing so many people there.”Zoe recounts two such moments, “ When we were duo we played Warped Tour in 2015. We were 13 and 14 playing on stage in front of a crowd who were enjoying it. We had this little pink tent and I remember telling everyone that if they’d like to talk to us after the show we’d be there, as we were finishing up the show we could see this massive line of people making their way over to that pink tent to talk to us and get things signed from us,” continuing,” The first show the girls ever attended was Stryper and in 2019 we opened for them. This was a full circle moment, they made us very emotional.”
Following this major highlight and their very quick progression as a band, RōZY are raring to do more. They say, “We hope to put out a record soon and if circumstances allow, to tour even outside Texas. Someday we would love to play in Europe, UK, Russia, Brazil, Spain, Japan. “
RōZY is the dream of two sisters who grew up -with a supportive family- in love with music. But this doesn’t mean they were immune to the dark corners of the music industry. Reflecting on the harder side of things, they say “Seeing people how they actually are, not everyone is nice. As a duo we found it difficult to get taken seriously until we perform. Now we have two guys with us, there is far less judgement somehow.”
Despite all the caveats of ageism and sexism they’ve had to deal with, the Flores sister who are all about girl power and empowerment do believe the industry is getting better. They say, “ . But for women, things are getting better. We personally love supporting other female-fronted acts. Contrary to popular opinion women are very supportive of each other!”
When talking about support , it’s impossible not to mention the dynamic and genuine love between Molly and Zoe. These two women who could have been – and are as close as – twins and who have built up blooming rock band from scratch find maximum fulfilment in performing with each other ; moving and making music as one unbreakable , empowered unit alongside the rest of the band.