Hey guys, thanks for chatting! Been pretty well thanks. just enjoying london, been doing some writing and gigging lately.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wake Me Up”?
Wake me up is one of my favorites from the album. It’s probably the most haunting song off the record- I initially wrote it probably 8 years ago, but it’s been re written many, many times until it got to the final recording we did. It started off as kind of an uplifting song called “woke me up” and gradually got to where it is now- much darker- the old version is pretty unrecognizable comparatively.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I draw from experience – even if it starts with a small seed. This song is about something having power and control over you. I wanted to capture the other side of love and vulnerability… the side where giving yourself away can mean losing control of yourself and where that can take you. I wanted it to be big and expressive… somewhat surreal with the nightmare metaphor. It’s a very cinematic song and so a lot of it was playing off of the different layers of the track as well.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We just finished the video last week actually. It will be premiered next thursday (Oct 27th) – I’m really looking forward to getting it out there. It was a lot of fun to be a part of and really captures the emotions of the song.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was great – I recorded the album with Steve Brown in west london. Because im from the states there was a lot of back and forth to get the whole record done, but in that way it didn’t feel rushed at all which is nice when you are trying to be creative. The songs were written over a long time period, the first song on the record I wrote when I was about 14 and the most recent being when i was about 24. Steve helped get me excited again about the old songs. It’s a very dynamic record.
How did your Berklee studies get to influence you musically?
I think it helped me improve in a few ways – one being by playing with players that were better than me. It made me able to do a little less on the piano sometimes which freed me up to focus more on melodies and lyrics. I also think being around other songwriters every day and committing to being a songwriter naturally improves your writing – it helps you develop your voice, your sound.
What role does Minneapolis plays in your music?
To be honest im not sure the city itself played as much of a role as the people did. I was in a band growing up and I think I was able to develop my sound a lot with them. I’d say the biggest thing Minneapolis as a city did for my writing was the seasons. I think I’m strongly influenced by the weather.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
The record is already finished – so I’m really excited to get the whole thing out next year. In the meantime i’m already writing new material… trying to stay fresh and inspired…
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Not certain yet on the release date, but earlier half of next year I’d say.
Would all the songs on this record deal with nightmares and different forms of desperations?
Not at all. Wake me up is probably the most haunting in that sense – but there are a handful of other really heavy songs too. And then there are some ballads and softer stuff – and some in the middle of the road. It covers a lot of ground for me – both in my life growing up and also on the scale of emotion. I tried to capture as many layers of the heart as I could.
Any plans to hit the road?
I hope so! I think next year will be really busy with gigging. Really excited about that.
What else is happening next in Sarah Walk’s world?
I’m playing Nov 2 in Brighton for the first time and Nov 9 in London at Notting Hill arts club. Then I’ll be back to the states end of November for a bit and hopefully continue some writing there. It’s been a balance between enjoying the time I have right now and also staying busy with my music and pushing forward. I’m really looking forward to next year and going full steam ahead.