Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Sarah Jane is an indie-rock singer-songwriter with a lot of skill and attitude. After racking up over 200,000 on her YouTube and releasing a very well-received first album, Sarah Jane is back with her self-produced second album Tainted Timeline. We had a chance to speak with her about Tainted Timeline and more.
Did you always want to be a musician?
I grew up around music so it was just second nature to me. My dad has always been in bands, so I wanted to also do music ever since I could remember.
What do you hope people take from your music and Tainted Timeline?
I hope that some people can relate to my music, even if it’s not exactly what I intended for it to be about. It’s amazing how we can filter our own emotions into music, even if it’s not our own music. I just love how personal music can be for both the writer and the listener.
To date, which has been your favourite track to record from your full discography?
I think my favourite song, at the moment, would be ‘Suffocate’. It was originally meant to be only acoustic, but it morphed into a full band song. It’s completely different than what I imagined it to be and it sounds so much better than I originally envisioned.
What was the most enjoyable element of writing and recording Tainted Timeline?
During the process of writing/recording Tainted Timeline, I discovered my love for producing. My favourite thing is having a simple idea and just building on it until you get a full piece of music. It’s so fun adding little parts on top of the main thing; it’s amazing how much of a difference tiny things can make to a piece as a whole. The process of recording really makes me want to do it again, even if recording some of the parts was a pain it’s all worth it in the end!
What can you tell us about Tainted Timeline?
Oh man, there’s so much! The album as a whole feels very melancholy for me as I was going through a lot of changes at the time. To me, when I write a song, the day and time I write it is really important to me. It acts like a timestamp of what I was feeling or going through at the time I wrote it. That’s what this album is like for me. It’s a timestamp of what I was going through when I wrote those songs.
A lot of these songs are really personal and put me in a vulnerable place which is a change for me as I tend to write songs where the lyrics are a bit more subtle or even have little meaning. But this album, every song is about something that is important to me. It helped me get through the tough times and helped it put into perspective. I’m really proud of each one and how they turned out.
If you could change one thing about the album what would it be?
I wish I had put more songs on the album! I originally planned to have 14 songs but I decided to scrap some later on during the process as I didn’t have the time!
I know things have been put on hold for musicians because of Covid-19, but do you have any future plans that you can share with us?
I would love to put on a show for my album launch once things are getting back to normal. I’m also starting to work on my next release which looks like it’s going to be an EP; gotta keep busy. I got a lot of songs that I want to put out and I don’t think I’m going to be stopping anytime soon.
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