Interviewed by Matthew Swinnerton : Original Photograph by Darren Odden of Odden Creative Media
So Sarah, what inspired you to get into music?
Ever since I can remember I have been intrigued by music. My parents were both musicians and had been in bands as kids, so naturally it was something that I had an immediate emotional connection to. Growing up they played a lot of 60s and 70s music such as Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, and the Beatles.. So there’s definitely some inspiration there.
Who are some of your musical inspirations?
When it comes to musicians I listen to on a daily basis, I would say it ranges from Portishead, Jeff Buckely, Fiona Apple, Pink Floyd.. But in all honesty, every artist I listen to or encounter is an inspiration to me. The fact that we can come together and express ourselves through this alternate form of communication is something that inspires me every day.
When someone ask you what type of music you perform, what do you say?
Emotional music. I perform very personal, somber, and soulful songs. Everything I write is a literal interpretation of something I have actually gone through or am still going through. I could say that I write “alternative rock” or “jazz/soul” but that’s not what identifies me as a musician.
What do you enjoy the most about being a singer / songwriter?
Everything about it. The writing, the performing, meeting new people.. It’s all a form of meditation for me. The only time I feel like I’m not thinking about anything or worrying is when I’m singing and playing piano. I don’t know how to live without it.
So you have been playing a lot of shows around town with a lot of critical acclaim but what is next for Sarah Rose?
Well I can say that I’m going to keep playing shows locally as much as possible, and I am planning another big show in august. I’m always writing new material and thinking up new ideas about different ways to promote my music. I intend to travel to some places around the Bay Area to do some open mics and meet new people.. There also may be another EP coming in the next year or so, so I’m looking forward to that as well.