RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LUDLOW ARTIST SABINE
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I had been writing music since I was young, but it was in 2019 after a songwriting retreat in Nashville that I decided I wanted to take my songwriting and turn it into an EP.
Introduce us you and your musical history?
My name’s Sabine and I have always been totally music mad! From Abba to Joan Armatrading to Green Day and everything in between. I’m mainly inspired by female singer-songwriters that have unique voices and relatable lyrics. I’ve written music since a young age but was classically trained and most of my musical upbringing was spent singing in various choirs. For a long time songwriting was something I did completely privately and it was just for me.
What one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
I don’t find any questions annoying at all! But it’s fun when you get asked something that you’ve never been asked before.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I’m always open to conspiracy theories – I think it’s human nature to question and be curious!
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
I can’t really say I bought anything I don’t need but my one major lockdown purchase was a guitar – I’ve never had the time to learn properly and it was something my family suggested. I’m so glad they did because it’s been the best learning experience and has led me to being able to record much better demos at home.
We have set up RGM USA sharing USA music with the UK scene and vice versa, what are your thoughts on the UK music scene?
I think the UK music scene is seeing a lot of great female artists on the rise; Holly Humberstone is fantastic and she has a completely unique sound and style of singing. I also really like Maisie Peters, she makes fantastic pop music – a 90’s throwback with a modern twist and it’s made for really great, easy listening.
What useless party trick do you have?
Probably just some very bad dancing! Big fish little fish cardboard box. Always a winner.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I sang on stage in Texas with a house band – they were truly a talented bunch of musicians and it was such a great experience to perform with them.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I remember playing in London and a load of guys came in halfway through, they were definitely not sober lets just say that! I just had to keep going through the absolute racket they were making.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I’m part French and part Dutch!
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Chilled out, easy listening, drive your car and sing along kind of music!
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I think I have a broad songwriting style but the constant is my vocal – I think it does sound different to other artists out there. A unique singing voice is something I really like to hear when I’m listening to music so I really hope that’s the same for others when they listen to mine.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
I’m going to go with something super light here and say chocolate bars. Why do they keep changing the shape of the pieces? Some things should just stay the same.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Probably ‘Colour Will Come Back.’ It takes me right back to sitting in my friend Laura’s apartment in Nashville with her dog Bodhi and talking about love and life. We wrote this in about three hours and it’s still one of the songs I’m the proudest of.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
It’s called ‘I Didn’t Mean To’ and it’s about loving someone who doesn’t love you back and they want you to keep the relationship a secret. I remember going through it and thinking that they would change their mind, or that there was something I could do to change myself to make them love me. That’s just not how it works.
Talk me through the thought process of the single/album/ep?
I’d had the melody idea for a while before I started writing the lyrics. Since the subject is about an unrequited love I wanted it to be in a ballad sort of style but with some real heart and power behind it.
What was the recording process like?
It was probably the most relaxed recording process I’ve ever had. I recorded a demo at home and sent it over to my friend Ben in Nashville, who is also an artist/producer. He worked on production and sent it back to me, then I recorded my vocals from my kitchen here in Wales and sent it over to Richard Wood who’s based at Old Smithy Studios in Worcester, for mastering. I absolutely loved the flexibility recording from home gave me.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single/album/ep?
Probably the actual recording itself. Since I’ve been recording vocals at home I’ve learnt to really listen to any interferences and how best to capture the sound that I want at different volumes. I’ve really enjoyed it and I just want to continue to get better at making demos as well as doing home vocal takes.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I think you always listen to released music and think of tweaks and changes you can make – its all part of the process. There’s definitely ways I sing my old songs that are different to the record because they naturally evolve as you as a songwriter evolve. I think its just something you have to learn to live with and let go – nothing will ever be perfect but you have to love your music regardless.
What are your plans for the year ahead? Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I’m hoping to release another single before the end of the year and continue to write, I’ve really enjoyed recording from home and that’s something I’m going to continue to work on and improve, I’m also looking to play some gigs over the summer period.