Sarah D is an emerging young singer/songwriter whose powerful vocals were strong enough to blow me away! Her recently released EP ‘Over You,’ showcases her tremendous talent! We were lucky enough to have an interview with Sarah. Here she spoke about what inspires her, recording for the EP as well as what she hopes to achieve.
When did you know that music was what you wanted to get into? Did you have that one particular moment, or was it a gradual process?
That’ a great question! Well after seeing Britney Spears’ ‘…Baby One More Time’ music video I instantly thought to myself, ‘I want to do what SHE’S doing’ but at that age didn’t realize I could actually do it as a career. Though I had this intention of being a Pop singer in the back of my mind with every dancing and singing lesson and every show I ever did, I was so shy as a child so it kind of took me a while to get out of my shell. It wasn’t until the age of 15 or 16 I was more certain than ever that I wanted singing and performing to be my career and since then I’ve been doing everything and anything of making that dream a reality.
You were born in Australia and moved to LA, that’s pretty interesting! What else would be a strange or interesting fact that not many people know about you, or would be surprised to find out?
Yes I was born in Adelaide Australia which is right on the south central coast in the Great Australian Bite. It was awesome!! I literally lived a 20 minute walk to the beach where I spent a lot of my time working out or relaxing and clearing my head. Sometimes I’d skip classes at school just to go to the beach. It’s okay though, my mum approved.Now in LA, it takes me double the time by car and a whole lot of traffic, but I’m still grateful to have a beach somewhat nearby!
For those who haven’t heard your music, how would you describe your overall sound using 3 imaginative words?
I’d say it’s energetic, sassy and marketable
What would you say is unique about your sound?
What’s unique is that when producing my EP, producer Andres Torres went with programming analog synths as oppose to using digital in order to create a dance friendly EP that still contains live instrument elements.
Who would you say are your main influences?
I really look up to artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Katy Perry, Jessie J and Maroon5. They are all so different yet manage to create and sing amazing mainstream music and are successful with it.
Is there one song in particular, by any existing band or artist, which you wish you’d written?
I really wish I had written a lot of songs!!! ‘Walk Away’ by Kelly Clarkson is one of them! That tune is simply awesome. From the lyrics to production and the rhythmic vocal melody. I love it!
Is there anything that inspires you when you are writing the music and lyrics to your songs?
So many things inspire me! Most of the time it’s the experiences in my personal life and others are from observing other peoples’ lives including situations my friends may have been or are going through. Every experience is an opportunity to write about!
You recently launched your EP ‘Over You’, which literally blew me away! What was it like recording for the EP?
Thank you so much! That means a lot to me! It was a really fun experience as I worked with a professional producer, Andres Torres who understood me and my needs. We had a lot of laughs recording and I think having a relationship like this between partners is really important. I’m really proud having achieved what I have and I’m excited for the future.
Is there a message or a particular sense of feeling which you want people to take away from listening to your music?
I believe strongly in being the person that you are and not having to change for anybody. Therefore, I put these messages in my songs and I want my listeners to feel empowered and confident in being themselves. I also just want people to feel excited and make people dance with my music.
If you could choose to go on tour with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would LOVE to tour with Jessie J. I think we have similar personalities and we just love to have fun doing what we do. She takes care of her fans and that’s what I want my fans to feel like with me as well. She’s a remarkable talent and individual.
What do you hope to have achieved in 10, maybe 15 years?
Honestly, keeping my mind focused and open to all possibilities, I hope to have at least four albums, have toured the world, have a hit and a grammy.
What do you hope the rest of 2013 brings for you? Anything in store for your fans?
This year I’ll be focusing on playing out as much as possible with my band as well as working towards and album! Next month I have a show at the Poppy Festival in Lancaster and I’ll be doing competitions throughout the year for fans to win my EP and other goodies!