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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AUSTRALIAN ARTIST SAHARA BECK 

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

When I was little I realised how music can help people escape and I thought – I want that job! I want to help people take themselves on a journey –  even if only for a few minutes.

Introduce us to you and your musical history?

My name is Sahara Beck, I grew up playing piano and then learned guitar to impress a crush in middle school and then I just started writing during school I guess as a form of escape and I’ve never stopped!

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?

Hahaha well, I’m not doing as well as Lady Gaga but you know I think I’m doing alright. 😊

How have your songwriting skills developed over time?

I used to just write whatever came to me when I was little but now I have more direction with my writing, I think I’m more aware of my feelings than I was when I was 12 so I can write about them more clearly.

I’m seeing a lot of debate about females not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?

Well, women don’t have a guarantee of feeling safe anywhere. I think this isn’t an issue that can just be pinned to the music industry. My best answer is if you have a son teach him to behave better towards women than the men before he did. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t understand this problem because they don’t have to live with it.

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

It’s a noisy world, and it’s hard to capture people’s attention or cut through the noise but using social media is a way to connect directly with your fans and your audience. I guess once upon a time Artists would do hundreds of interviews with radio/newspapers etc and perhaps have the word manipulated. Social media is a way to speak honestly, directly and authentically with your fans. So just try to capture as much content as you can on your journey and use it to connect with your fans. It’s a lot of effort for sure but it’s something you can be in control of. Band just be you.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I have a dog named Benji, I have a goblin that hides behind the tv who eats our bananas while we sleep, my middle name is Regine.



What’s your thought on Spotify monopoly on the music industry?

Spotify, iTunes… it doesn’t really matter which one has monopolised the industry because either way the artists aren’t getting the majority of the money. My thoughts are that it would be great if people had to buy all music and if streaming services must exist then the artist receives a much better/realistic percentage I mean, per play, Spotify give the artist $0.0033 and itunes $0.01 – and how much money do you spend for your subscription? To me it would be the same as hiring a baker in your bakery and making him work all night every night (paying for all the ingredients themselves) and then selling their bread in the mornings and only giving them $0.0033 per loaf of bread that I sell to customers for $15 each. Like, that’s a joke. It wouldn’t fly in any other industry and I’ve never understood why everyone let it happen.

Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?

That depends on what you consider a conspiracy theory… some special people think Global Warming is a conspiracy theory. Short answer – Global Warming is real and I don’t sign up to conspiracies but I love hearing a good rant.

Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

Lots of desserts

What was the worst experience on stage?

We were playing over at Perth Fringe Festival in January this year and something was wrong with the level of the fluid in my ears and half way through the show suddenly everything went black for me and I couldn’t see or hear anything. After a few seconds I could hear and see again but the room was just spinning around left, right, in every direction. In my daze I kept singing cause I think I figured If I’m about to pass out I should try and finish my song and wanted to give it my all. Honestly it was the most terrifying experience on stage for me, And as part of the show I was supposed to be raised up on a swing that was hanging from the stage roof. I was so scared to go back on stage again but we had 2 weeks of shows performing every night so I went to the doctor and he gave me these tablets which did something to the balance in my ears and it didn’t happen again.  Super weird, don’t know what caused it, possibly all the travel but super thankful it resolved.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.

I can speak German fluently

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

My over the top singing 😊

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

My new song is called Mr Breezy and it’s about feeling like you’re happy and in love until you realise you’re actually just with another fuck boy who isn’t ready to commit to anything or have any responsibility out of fear.

What was the recording process like?

I wrote the song with Alex Henriksson up the road from my house in his garage studio and then I took it to Konstantin Kersting and we recorded it for my album which will come out next year some time. It was an absolute pleasure to work on the song with these to talented humans from start to finish it was super easy and a real joy.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Figuring out how to audibly translate emotion to match the meaning of each song to music was a nice learning curve.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

I always end up listening back a few months after I’ve finished something and think I could have sung it better, but if I keep updating the vocals it will never be finished!

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Don’t be a dick head and everybody loves everybody.

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