Sarah Marine.


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

No woccas, thanks for having me! Got any bickies? 

Ill dig some out 🙂 What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I never actually decided, I was just always drawn in from the get go, like a fly to a cow pat.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

I soaked up my mum’s vinyl collection & taught myself different songs by ear on a tinny little guitar as a kid, I love picking out melodies by ear and am bamboozled as to how combinations of harmony can make us feel so deeply. I started writing songs and doing gigs in high school, created a girl band called snap dragon, then went to uni for my Bachelor degree in Contemporary music. I’ve been playing shows, recording & producing my originals forever and am still writing songs like crazy – they just fall out, like a set of falsies during a yawn.

Whats the live music scene like in (ADD YOUR TOWN/CITY) right now? Anyone we should be looking out for (Bar you of course)

Port Macquarie has a bubbling little music scene, there are a handful of venues that support original music and the occasional big touring act that comes through. My mates from Thirsty Merc always put on a good rock show & my friend Ngaiire is absolutely smashing it – wow does she have a set of pipes!

Ive seen a lot of people struggling for support recently online. Whats your view on the industry?

It’s a bloody hard nut to crack.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I am a very creative artist, prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist producer, however I have a real flair for being a bit crap at marketing at PR so at this stage, I’m not where I want to be, but am happy with my successes so far – independently releasing my music, tours, playing some great festivals and shows, and getting so much positive feedback when I put my music out there. It’d be great if my music could blow up and enable me to buy some expensive large sunnies and sip Pina coladas on a tropical beach somewhere – so please follow and share, cheers!


Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I like peeing in bandicoot holes.

I have terrible stage fright.

I don’t pretend i’m a dolphin when I’m swimming at the beach.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

No I don’t worry about that, people can take things the wrong way if they like, I feel confident in my judgement and choices not to be a dickhead.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Nah, I don’t have the time or energy to spend on things like that, I’ve got songs to produce and promo to bumble through! A convo with someone who gets right into it is always interesting, but I either think things are real or not then snap it off. Aliens must be real though, right?

What was your best experience on stage?

When the electricity cut out when I was doing a set at Peats Ridge Festival during my last song – I kept going, yell singing to reach the back of the tent and getting everyone to sing along. It was so much fun, everyone felt really connected and I reckon it ended the show much better than planned.

What was your worst experience on stage?

At uni, a rookie sound guy accidentally/carelessly blasted my ears with feedback via the foldback speakers on stage – I went deaf for a few minutes, felt immediate rage then had a big ugly cry.

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

Ooh, juicy question! I have a fear of singing in front of people (being a professional singer is perhaps not the best career choice for this particular affliction I’ll admit) but I love music so much that I accept the challenge and push myself, plus I really love talking and joking around with the crowd in between songs. 

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

Release more music, invest more time and energy into increasing my reach and promoting my music to a wider audience. It would be incredible to land a manager who can handle the business side, or someone to help land sync deals but I am aware that I have to light the fire before someone else can fan it so for now, just hard work and getting as much music out there as possible. I think investing in a new set of promo shots where i’m not impersonating a walrus may help, but who knows!

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

I always have new music, I have a ridiculous amount of songs that I want to get out into the world. I have had an album in the can for years which is totally different to my latest release (‘Hiding in the Sand’). It was recorded onto analogue tape, with a band of ridiculously good musos e.g. Matt Smith (Guitarist – Pete Murray, Thirsty Merc) and is bursting with eclecticity (I just made that word up I think) such as an Epic Pink Floyd-esque monstrosity, latin-pop-reggae sickly love song, broody depression ballad, and I don’t even know how to describe the rest of them besides saying that I have a very large range of influences when it comes to style and genre. So I want to release that, and also bring out my newer songs which paint stories of more recent realisations to do with life, people, and things I find amusing.

What was the recording process like?

It was a bit nerve racking (and exciting) recording onto tape with the band and only doing a few takes (some times only one), but there was such a vibe in the room and I think that feeling translates through the sound. I had such great musos it was a real pleasure working with them and hearing what they brought to my music. My current projects (throughout covid) have been in my studio and it has been a totally different experience. I love being able to record and produce my own material and paint the picture I hear in my head, exactly how I feel it. haha what!?

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

I taught myself how to program drum beats for the title track ‘Hiding in the sand’. It was equally as exciting as it was boring – a very fiddly process, but with great satisfaction and grooviness as a result.

Also learning how to make and edit the video was a huge curve and as tricky as it was I found it really enjoyed creating vision to my music and releasing such a heartfelt tribute to my mum.

Would you change anything now its finished?

Nuh! It is so done! 

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

I want to share heaps of new music with the world. 

+ if you share my music with your best friend I’ll be your best friend. JK.