Governor's Ball 2024: Claire Rosinkranz shares self-care habits after experiencing burnout on tour

Sounds of Saving checked-in with the 20-year-old singer-songwriter after her midday set at Governor's Ball 2024 to discusses how songwriting helps with mental health, collaborating musically with her father, the challenges of touring and how she is learning to be more open-minded through practices like breathwork, prayer, and radical meditation.

June 12, 2024

Interview by Alyssa Goldberg

Photos by Alyssa Goldberg

SOUNDS OF SAVING: How does songwriting or listening to music help you with your mental health?

CLAIRE ROSINKRANZ: Oh, my goodness. I feel like for most people it is therapy, just because you're offloading a bunch of stuff. It's also a safe place for me because––unless I’m writing with other people––it’s such a vulnerable, intimate space. And so oftentimes, I like to write on my own. I'm also very verbal processor, so it's really great for me to be able to get it out in the air in a form that I really enjoy. And then I get to choose if it goes out to other people, which is amazing because then it gets to help them through stuff that I've thought. But it always kind of starts in a very intimate, just me and the music place. I'm sure it's doing a lot of stuff that I'm not even aware of too, it's such a good frequency to be letting off.

SOS: Do you still make music with your dad?


SOS: What's it like creating together?

ROSINKRANZ: It's really special. I mean, I started everything with him. There was a time when I started branching out and working with other people, but then it’s always come back to him. He still touches everything that I make. I value his opinion more than really anybody else's. So yeah, it's a good combination. But obviously, sometimes we have our moments, considering I'm his daughter and he's my father's. But he's always allowed a lot of creative freedom. My voice has always been very heard. That was something that I had the blessing of practicing at a very young age, so that when I went into sessions with other people, I literally don't think I've ever felt taken advantage of, or like, that I didn't get what I wanted out of working with other people. And it was because [my dad] really allowed me to use my voice and build confidence in that kind of environment with men.

SOS: Yeah, that's important because it can be such a hard industry for like women to navigate still, even with advancements in it, and to have a positive role model like that to help you navigate it seems super valuable.

ROSINKRANZ: Totally. And I was like, 15/16 when I started getting into this world of stuff, and junk, and mess. So I mean, I was so little honestly, I'm still so little. I’m 20 years old. So it's a very beneficial thing to have learned at such a young age.

SOS: Earlier we talked a little bit about jetlag and traveling. What are some things that you do on tour to keep yourself grounded?

ROSINKRANZ: Oh, lord. I'm still figuring that out. Honestly, I crashed really hard after my last tour. I got extremely sick, and that was due to stuff that started in my mental health first––in my mind. That just manifested all over my body to a really dangerous point. And so, I've actually kind of been in a break period for a while. And through this time of rest, I have definitely learned so many things. I think one big thing is leaving things open-handed. I think like when you try to take control of every little thing going on around you, you immediately create a ceiling and box yourself in. You can't really control anything because we're human, we don't have any control over anything. So when I started leaving things more open handed, I [felt] like there was less pressure on myself. That's obviously a hard place to get to. But I also pray a lot. I meditate a lot. I do a lot of breath work. And I'm learning how to just listen to what's going on in my brain. That's a hard thing to learn, though.

SOS: Yes, and even harder when you have the pressure of being on the road and putting on a show every night.

ROSINKRANZ: Yes, it was definitely a crash course at first, but I feel like I'm learning how to basically just flow a little bit better.

Claire's "Song That Found Me at the Right Time" card, including one of her unreleased tracks.