Sarah 
Charness

SIX STRING VIOLIN

New Moves and why you should really
GO FOR IT!

New York-based popular electric violinist Sarah Charness released the Vivaldi inspired Cryorhythmic - an EDM/Crossover track with 240K views on YouTube in its first month. Produced by Sarah, the project is already receiving positive feedback. Her six string violin is driving the melodic lead, while the song borrows themes from the composer's “Winter” and bridges Sarah’s classical roots with her more widely recognized electronic sound. OnePhotography is the team responsible for the creative video - where we see modern ballet dancers and Sarah bringing the Cryorhythmic vibe not only as a sound but also visually.

You can watch the video here.

 

How did you get started in the industry?
 

I started out as a classical violinist, with a BA from the University of Michigan. I became interested in alternative styles of playing as a teenager, but really had no intention of doing anything professionally. Like many ventures, things started off slowly. I moved to New York to pursue a career as a violinist and slowly but surely, I made friends and connections in unlikely places. The whole electric thing really came to fruition when I recognized the need for something different. It really gave the violin mass appeal and put the instrument in more mainstream genres. 

 

Where are you located and where are you originally from?
 

I currently live in Manhattan and I am from Boston. I began lessons with a local violin teacher when I was five and from that point forward, Violin became a part of who I was. 

 

Who are your biggest inspirations?
 

Women who have capitalized off of their incredible female energy. Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Nervo. All of these women are operating in a field dominated by men, and are totally killing it. 

 

What is your greatest accomplishment yet?
 

My son. I’m a mother first and a musician second. I never thought I would say this as I always thought the two would be mutually exclusive, but I am the proudest mother. Playing at Madison Square Garden is nothing compared to jamming in my living room with my son on guitar. 

 

Who are your biggest supporters?
 

Definitely my family. They put up with all of my antics. I’m also eternally grateful to the producers, mangers, and other industry professionals who have worked tirelessly to take my crazy visions and make them a reality. 

 

What do you love most about your work?
 

I love to travel to parts of the  world, I otherwise would never see. I was once on a large tour that traveled by bus, and I honestly left feeling like I had finally seen what the “other half” of America looked like. It was humbling and totally educating. Having grown up in cities my whole life, it really was shocking to travel through rural America. 

 

What is something you have struggled with in your career?
 

The fact that I really can’t sing. I developed vocal nodules in college and from that point on, singing just wasn’t possible. It would have been really helpful to be able to add my own vocals to tracks. 

 

What advice would you give to young girls looking to do what you're doing?

 

Go for it!!! I think with growing social media platforms, it’s only going to get easier for people to put themselves out there. All you really need is a microphone and camera. 

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
 

Definitely still playing! I also want to continue to inspire others through education and mentoring. 

 

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