Jazz prodigy-turned-soundtrack guru, Nick Rosen, also known as SLOANE, is exclusively premiering his video for new single “Down From Here” today via BTRtoday. Give a watch here.
The single is available across streaming services now, and is available to listen to here. “Down From Here” comes off of SLOANE’s debut EP, Too Young To Be Lonely, due out later this year via Atoned Music, and follows the release of the “title track“, and “In My Head,” which debuted in May and June, respectively.
On the relatable track, Rosen shares, “This song is about having a seemingly great life, cool friends, women, parties, gigs, etc. but still feeling like my body and mind are poisoned by darkness. Sometimes I just don’t understand how other people can be so happy when I really feel like I have something broken in me. So if people are telling me that I’m on the top, I can only come down from here.”
A self-described L.A. gutter punk in his youth, Rosen discovered jazz as a teenager and began devoting his every waking moment to the bass. Before even graduating high school, he was making national headlines for helping resurrect the career of jazz legend Henry Grimes, who’d been thought dead for decades, and generating serious waves around Los Angeles for his performances with luminaries like Bennie Maupin, Arthur Blythe, and Nels Cline.
After college, Rosen dove into the world of film and television, recording with Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino on scores for Super 8, Star Trek, LOST and more, in addition to serving as music director for massive live broadcasts like NBC’s Fourth of July and Christmas in Rockefeller Center specials. On top of that, Rosen served as music director at L.A. hotspots Bardot and The Sayers Club, where he found himself performing live with Prince, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, Perry Farrell, Bruno Mars, Macy Gray, Common, and countless other celebrities. Adding a slew of other instruments to his repertoire along the way, Rosen also managed to become a prolific session musician and producer/engineer, boasting a resume that includes the likes of Phantogram and Tinashe among others.
Last year, Rosen released his debut EP under the SLONE moniker, and is gearing up to release a six-track EP later this year, Too Young To Be Lonely – an addictive collection of experimental electro-pop gems, grappling with depression, loneliness, and the hollow nature of our social media-obsessed society. Rosen plays every instrument on the collection himself, layering up infectious beats and dreamy synthesizers into a potent mix of slick pop appeal and raw emotional intensity. That mix of dark and light is at the heart of Rosen’s mission with Sloane. Sure, he’s here to exorcise some personal demons, but more than that, he’s here to help you do the same, and to make sure you know you’re not alone in the process. “I’m not afraid to talk about depression or anxiety or getting caught up in the materialistic trappings of the world,” says Rosen, a devout Buddhist. “Enlightenment isn’t about the absence of darkness, it’s about learning to be okay with the mixture of light and dark that’s inside all of us.”