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INTERVIEW: Sertari

Hi Sertari, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? 

Hi VENTS yes all good, Thank you for having me, its been a busy exciting week!

Can you talk to us more about your song “Bright Star”?  

Yes, Bright Star is a single on the EP also called Bright Star. It been a long time in the making building and writing the EP but I am very excited that I have finally released it! Plus the EP features J Ivy who is a Grammy award winner from Chicago so I am so lucky to have him feature on my work. The song Bright Star itself is built on a metaphor. I talk about being lost in a city and using the stars to guide you – to find “somewhere where we can breathe” –  I am a bit of a universe geek! There is a deeper meaning that when you feel personally lost there is always a way or someone to help you come out the other side. What I love is how each song on the EP speaks to people in different ways and they can interoperate the song how they wish.  

Did any event in particular inspire you to write the songs on the EP? 

As this EP has taken a long time to make there have been different events or influences that has helped build the final product. The song Save Me was written with the idea that everything had to be perfect in the universe for us to exist on the planet, however again it does go much deeper than that, and can be interoperated that we need to take care of what is around us. I think that a lot of the time I write from personal experience however not limited to an event but how I’m feeling about a particular subject.  

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Yes, I have created my own lyric video for Bright star which has been fun and love getting all creative. I have already done a video for Hero on the EP and looking at doing a video for Save me as well. 

Why naming the album after this song in particular? 

No particular reason I guess –  I just felt that Bright Star summed up the EP nicely … the message of the song could almost be used as a metaphor for any creative process!

How was the recording and writing process? 

I write most of my songs with my drummer and producer Ben – its great having a writing partner as once you get the first few lines down of a song the room is just filled with ideas and creativity. In some instances I write first on the piano and then Ben takes what I have written and does a full production master piece.  I love his production work he brings such a great sound and energy to the songs and where we both have our individual influences it’s great to hear it all coming together.   We then take it in to a rehearsal studio and work though it ‘live’ with the band, which can sometimes change the dynamic completely!

How has your upbringing influences your music? 

I was born in Hampshire but come from a Greek Cypriot family, so I used to listen to a lot of Greek music when I was growing up. However I also listened to a lot of Rock music as well I love my 80’s rock! I was never someone who stuck with one artist or sound I was very open and appreciated listening to various styles. I feel that in my music you would be able to hear hints of styles and genres but also, I think in my vocals melodies that’s where you would hear some eastern vocal influences in my ad libs and ornamentation. Artists and bands who I love range from Tori Amos, Kate Bush and No Doubt to Nightwish, 21 Pilots and Coldplay!

Any plans to hit the road? 

Yes, I am slowly filling up my diary with gigs and festival performances. All which you can follow on my websitewww.sertari.com

What else is happening next in SERTARI’s world? 

Well, I have actually started on writing my next EP and I am super excited about it as although it is still maintaining that Sertari sound, it defiantly brings in some new elements. I’m also in the Final of the Soundwaves music competition and will be battling it out with my live band on the 18th March at the O2 Academy Islington you can get tickets from my web site www.sertari.com

I have also reached the semifinal of the Blackrooms battel of the bands competition and will be performing in Southampton on the 5th April at the 1865 Venue. 

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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