Sara Olsen travelled across the ocean to start a new life seeking opportunities to follow her dreams. She's at the beginning of her journey with just enough music released to keep you vibing but early enough to feed your 'individuality complex' 'cause you can say you were there 'before it all happened' as she intends to stay in the scene for a long time because, to quote her, "I make music because music is what makes me".
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
Thank you for having me! I feel like this year everything seems to be happening at the same time, things have started opening so we all want to enjoy however we can. A couple of days ago I had my first acoustic gig and a couple of weeks ago I was competing for a spot in the semi-finals of Pride's got talent (I passed to the semi-finals, I am super excited)! There's a lot of excitement with the new year, but sometimes it makes me feel quite overwhelmed.
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I feel like I fought a lot to change the mentality that "music isn't a career" which was all I used to hear growing up without any connections in music and with two parents that desperately wanted me to become a doctor or a lawyer, but saw a kid who wanted to be on TV and sang songs every second she could. Took me a few years after moving away from "home" to finally understand I actually can work with what I love, making music & acting as well.
How did you come up with your latest project?
My last project released is called daylight, I came up with it during the pandemic (as well as many other songs unreleased hahah). It's about how the ups and downs of life can lead you to use "numbing" mechanisms to cope with life. I guess I just wrote what I was feeling throughout the pandemic.
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Brazil, São Paulo.
Where do you live now?
I live in London, Uk.
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
I feel more like my taste in several genres of music is what impacts how my music is made the most.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
I don't remember making this decision, I remember loving music and singing every since I was a little girl. My earliest memory of it is asking my mother to be on a tv show singing competition kids while we were watching it.
How do you want to shape your career?
I feel like there is no limit to what can be done, we're living in an era where you can go places even though you were born in the industry and have no contacts in it whatsoever. I like to think of myself as a person who lives in "eras" or who lives in season, so the sky's the limit!
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
I can do both, I've done both. But music & acting are my main professions, and as an indie artist I do most of things myself, so I gotta keep that schedule organised.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
I started writing daylight one day when I was just feeling like playing with words, the music came out in like 20 minutes, I guess because it was based on what I had been feeling for a while. It just felt right to name it either Daylight. till daylight or Drink till the daylight, I asked my Instagram supporters what were their opinions on the title before it was even released, and everybody liked the shorter options better, so it made sense to be daylight.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
Depends on the music. Depends on my level of emotional attachment to it. Sometimes I write stuff just to let it go, to process my feelings, it doesn't mean I will ever release it. But yes, sometimes it is hard.
Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
Most music I write is from my perspective, so yes, most of my songs have definitely an emotional attachment to them.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Oh, it's hard to choose just one word, but if I try really hard to narrow it down to one it would be: Enigmatic.
Where do they go to listen NOW?
I try uploading to most streaming platforms but my main sources of streams come from Apple Music, Spotify & Amazon Music.
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
I love it when I release new music and supporters add it to super personalised playlists they make, I had one for 'drunk again' (one of my previous songs) I loved, it was something like "midnight crying".
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
OH MY GOD, YES! One of the most amazing songs I've ever created is coming, it's called TAKES CONTROL and I could easily say it's my favourite song I ever made. Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
Yes, I am performing on the 19th of May at the semi-finals of Pride's Got Talent and you can get tickets here to go see me perform and cheer for me to go to the finals as well: https://abovethestag.org.uk/cabaret-lounge/prides-got-talent-music-semi Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! On my linktree you can find all my socials, but what I use the most are Instagram, Tiktok & YouTube!
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