Spotlight Interview With Said Sara
Said Sara just released a new single called "I Star As You" and it encompasses a fresh and slightly side of alternative acoustic indie-pop.
The song tells a story and paints some great visual pictures for you as you listen on and deep reverbed kicks and snares come in and give the song an edge.
Piano hooks and doubled acoustics really bring out this songs colorful pop side. Vocals build and before long a character has been created and you get sucked right in.
"I Star As You" shows Bowie influences glimmering through it's edges along with bands like Pavement and others.
The track at times feels theatrical and when it's over you may feel like you watched a play.
One of the best things about this song is that it's so addicting that you restart it as soon as it's over.
We had to have a chat with the artist about this track and more.
RAG: Okay let's start with "I Star As You". This track was an almost theatrical acoustic pop song with a 90's alt pop feel to it at times. Where did this song come from?
Said Sara: The shelter-in-place paused my bands, so I was sort of forced into an isolated mindset. This allowed for relearning some old songs -- that I actually did write in the 90s. From there, I started writing more. 'I Star As You' was the 4th song I wrote, and I just felt like going "bigger" at that point.
RAG: This song feels like a next step from your self titled EP. Do you feel like you're headed in a direction you hoped for?
Said Sara: Because this music comes so naturally, I'm not focused on direction. I come from a metal and punk background, so Said Sara is already such a departure. I'm just letting it pour.
RAG: When and how did this all start for you?
Said Sara: Though I began reliving old and writing new songs late last year, Said Sara was certainly COVID-enabled. Being at home all day without the outlets that stage and rehearsal studio provide gave me the itch.
RAG: There is a lot of high energy acoustic alternative feeling songs you put out there. What bands or artists really influenced you?
Said Sara: For this project, I'd have to say Lindsey Buckingham, The Innocence Mission, Jane's Addiction, Bauhaus.
RAG: What does someone like you do when you're NOT working on music?
Said Sara: I'm a high school Special Ed teacher! It's as full-time as it gets.
RAG: What's next for you? Anything you're working on even now?
Said Sara: I plan on releasing at least another single by late Spring, though there are no set plans -- and no pressure. My Bands Acephalix, Depressor and Plagvestate are all in (remote) writing mode, and will resume in-person activity as soon as it's safe.
RAG: Do you think you might be performing live when the time comes?
Said Sara: Absolutely. I take great inspiration from artists like Aerial Ruin and Glen Phillips who are able to captivate in such a stripped-down and vulnerable setting.
RAG: What kind of non-musical things inspire you to write?
Said Sara: Family, nature, regret, friendship.
RAG: Before we go, is there anything you'd like to say to fans of the music?
Said Sara: Please stay tuned! Thanks for considering Said Sara.