Jazz prodigy-turned-soundtrack guru, Nick Rosen, also known as SLOANE, is exclusively premiering his new single + music video for “Good At Pretending” today via Variance Magazine.
“Good At Pretending” features friend and collaborator, Perry Bancs, and 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, “In My Head,” and “Down From Here,” which debuted in May, June, and July respectively.
On his fourth single, Rosen shares, “I like to make up narratives in my head about situations and people and sometimes these narratives can run away from me and take on lives of their own. Sometimes I find it hard to be present and really deal with the realities of situations or relationships. This song is about becoming so good at pretending things are a way that can feel easier to deal with because reality can be too harsh.”
On the collaboration, Rosen continues, “Perry Bancs is one of my best friends and co-wrote/vocal produced my whole EP, which features this song. Perry is one of my favorite people/artists/writers who always pulls the best out of me and any artist that he works with. He just released his debut single last month ‘All Okay’ and I have been playing it non-stop; honored to have Perry on this song with me and stoked for much more from him coming up.”
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 Sloane 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.”