Sarah D: The Next Pop Princess
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A native of Australia, Sarah D has opted to leave her birth country and come to Los Angeles in pursuit of her aspirations of pop stardom. Now playing shows around Southern California in support of her new EP “Over You,” she speaks with Progressive Man about what it’s been like since she moved to the U.S. and the huge role music has played in her life.
Hi Sarah, it’s a pleasure to speak with you! First off, can you tell people a little bit about how you first decided you wanted to get into the music business?
Thank you so much for letting me speak to you and share and share my music with you! Well, it’s an interesting story. I was so shy as a child, I cried over almost everything, from my first day of kindergarten to my first bicycle and swimming lesson. I never thought I’d ever come close to being on a stage.
However, when my mum would play records on her record player all I ever did was get up and dance until I’d get tired. I was 9 when bought my very first album and it happened to be the Britney album and since then I dreamt of nothing other than being a singer and dancer and enrolled in a performing arts school. By the time I was 12, I was performing in front of thousands for various charity events, corporate functions and national competitions.
My siblings are both creative however not within the music field. My sister is more on the acting and modeling side where as my brother is a really great visual artist. I think the music side of me has been derived from my mum as she used to teach guitar back in Poland as well as play the organ and sing in church.
Your songs are infectious, up-tempo pop songs. Has pop music always been the primary genre you prefer to listen to?
Thank you so much! I’m an energetic kind of person, I love music that is fast paced and something I can feel with my entire body. Up-tempo Pop songs are totally my thing. But I do love the ballads too, don’t get me wrong. I’ve always loved Pop music and it’s the music I listen to most.
However, I love and appreciate most other genres and every day I try and listen and discover other styles. That’s the beauty of music.
Who are a couple of the artists you grew up listening to? Do you find yourself listening to their music now and taking mental notes about things to incorporate into your own music?
My parents, being European listened to a lot of the Bee Gees, Cat Stevens, ABBA, Boney M and more so I grew up listening to them too. However, having older siblings, I was also influenced by their favorite music including the boy and girls bands like N’SYNC, Backstreet Boys, artists like Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera and heavier genres like Blink 182, Nirvana, Korn.
I heard a lot of different music growing up and to this day I study music from a number of decades back. I analyze songs and define what makes them so great and I definitely try to incorporate that into my songs and writing.
You recently made the move from Australia to Los Angeles to further your music career. How have you liked being in the music capital of the world?
I seriously love LA. I still have to remind myself every day that I am actually here and that a world of opportunities are right in front of me. Though everything takes time and patience to get to where we want to be, I have been given so many great opportunities here that I’ll be forever grateful for.
Will you be staying in the U.S. indefinitely or are you planning on returning to Australia to spread your music there?
I honestly would LOVE to stay here in LA and keep pursuing what I’m doing. I live for today and go where the music takes me. Ultimately I would love to spread my music on an international scale and not just the U.S or Australia.
Is the music scene in Australia well-developed? Are there a lot of opportunities for an emerging artist such as yourself?
Australia has some phenomenal artists and musicians. There is some great talent that makes it very well over there. However most of them end up moving to the UK or the States for more opportunities.
I think no matter where you are there are opportunities and I’m sure if I was to go home I’d now have more. With my big imagination, the U.S is like one giant playground and I’ve only just stepped on the bark and I’m getting ready to play with the big kids.
Now that your EP, “Over You,” has been released, what plans do you have for 2013? Will you be lining up shows in support of the EP?
Yes, I’ll definitely be playing shows in support of the EP. I have a live radio interview this month on Indies In Motion, performing at the Poppy Festival and my usual local shows. I’m in talks with having a residency at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood as well which would be an amazing opportunity to promote my EP.
Many of your songs happen to center around downhill and ended relationships. Did you draw from personal experience when writing the lyrics?
Most of my songs were based around a relationship that ended badly and at the time my other friends were going through bad times with relationships. But the main purpose of my songs aren’t about blaming anybody, it’s about coming out of those situations more confident and stronger than before.
Where can people go to find your music?
You can find me at any of these links which will lead you to photos, music and show dates: