SIZZY ROCKET IS YOUR NEW FAVORITE POP VILLAIN
Feb 4, 2016
Sizzy Rocket is the new bad girl getting into the pop game. The 23-year-old isn’t afraid to be herself and makes sex-positive songs based on her experiences. Residing in both NY and LA, she’s been writing for artists like Diplo, Flosstradamus and Run The Jewels over the course of the past few years. Sizzy’s music is a more straight-up pop cocktail version of Peaches, and she makes you want to dance. The up-and-comer will release her debut LP this spring, but in the meantime, we caught up with her about her David Bowie-inspired name, rebelling against the norm and collaborating with some of your favorite artists.
On who Sizzy Rocket is: It’s actually a derivative of Ziggy Stardust, which is really sad now. I was kind of going through a punk phase when I first met producer duo The Co-Stars who have worked on my project the past five years. They were like, we’re going to rename you, who do you want to be? I was like Freddie Mercury, Iggy Pop and Ziggy Stardust.
Playing the villain: I have a rebellious streak. It’s kind of in my nature to go against trends. In my work, I feel like rebelling is a really major theme, especially with this record I have coming out. Being young, rebellious, challenging, making people uncomfortable and question things—I think that’s what villains do. Superheroes are celebrated, but villains bring up different things.
Collaborating with the Scissor Sisters’ Babydaddy: I’m a writer with Universal and I write for other artists in addition to my own projects. ‘Bestie’ was set up through them. It’s really rare that you click with someone right away, but Scott and I just creatively matched. He gets the self-awareness in my project and the campiness. We wrote ‘Bestie’ in our second session. To be able to open up and take a risk and put ‘fuck’ 18 times in the hook and sing about something a little more left right away, is really cool. He’s just an amazing person.
On writing for other artists: Everything I write for has the ‘Sizzy’ stamp on it. I have stuff out with Timeflies. They’re really cool days. I have a song out with Flosstradamus and Run The Jewels. I work a lot with MAD DECENT. I have another song coming out with Flosstradamus soon.
Who she’s listening to right now: I listen to Peaches almost every day. The new album is fucking amazing. I actually saw her live at Irving Plaza and when she walked across the stage smoking a blunt, I cried. I love jamie XX’s In Colour. I’m listening to LCD Soundsystem, and I’ve been going back through all of their stuff. I’ve been listening to old Yeah Yeah Yeahs, along with Travis Scott and A$AP Ferg. The White Stripes are one of my all-time favorite bands. I really like sparkly, sexually-charged music.