The Gritty Birds Podcast: Photographer Alicia J. Rose

Vortex Music Magazine

Bringing you an insider’s view of the Portland music scene, this week's episode features photographer, director, producer, editor and musician Alicia J. Rose.

Photo by Lake James PerrigueyPhoto by Lake James PerrigueyAt 25, Alicia J. Rose owned San Francisco. Moving there on a film scholarship and finding her legs as a DJ at KUSF, talent buyer at The Chameleon (bringing in iconic bands such as The Jesus Lizard, Neil Hamburger and Courtney Love), and touring as an artist under the name Miss Murgatroid, she was living the rockstar life. But, the question remained: “Did I do this or fall into a funny zeitgeist?” Thus, at 25, Rose left her California roots and moved to Oregon for a fresh start.

Now in her 20th year as a “Bornegonian,” Rose has proven herself to be the ultimate renaissance woman. From working as a founding partner for Nail Distribution, booking for the Doug Fir Lounge and Mississippi Studios, and becoming an acclaimed music video director (watch one of her creations below for the band Menomena), she is just now finding her true voice as a film director with her upcoming web series The Benefits of Gusbandry, which is currently raising funds on Seed&Spark.

The Gritty Birds Podcast sat down with Rose to hear the ultimate story of new beginnings, talk about her upcoming show, and listen to a preview of her new band, Moon Tiger.

The soundtrack to this week's episode features "Killer Hips" by Shadowland from the 2015 PDX Pop Now! compilation—check out the namesake (free, all-ages, volunteer-run) festival this weekend at AudioCinema under the Hawthorne Bridge. Recorded and mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup.

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