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INTERVIEW: Sara Kays

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

I’ve been great, thank you for having me for this interview!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Family”?

I actually didn’t have a single for this EP, but I would say Family Is the most personal song to me. I talk about my family falling apart, and how lonely I felt during that time. I wrote it about two years ago which was closer to when everything that inspired the song was happening.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

When I started writing family, it was a song about my parents getting divorced. But as I got into the song, it also became about my brother leaving for college, and the fact that I was growing up and growing apart from the friends I had spent so much time with as a kid. The song expresses the overall lonely feeling that all of that brought on.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not at the moment, but I am planning on a video for “Rich Boy” and/or “Waste My Time”!

The single comes off your new album A House Too Big – what’s the story behind the title?

The title comes from the lyric in Family that goes “I’m in a house that’s built for many more than me”. It expresses the idea that when you’re alone in a house or wherever, it makes it feel so much bigger.

How was the recording and writing process?

Well two of these songs (Family and Rich Boy) I wrote around two years ago, and the other three were all written this year. As far as writing goes, my process usually consists of sitting down with my guitar or ukulele & just seeing what I come up with. Some days I don’t come up with shit, and some days I write an entire song within an hour.

The recording process was amazing! I went to my friend Steven Martinez to record. The part of music that I probably struggle most with is figuring out instrumentation aside from the guitar & vocals–and he killed it on that aspect!

What aspects of loneliness and homesickness did you get to explore on this record?

“Not Done Loving You” & “Where Are You?” both talk about being left alone by someone you love and wishing they would come back. “Family”, like I mentioned, talks about my family falling apart and feeling lonely because of that. “Waste My Time” explores the idea that “home” can be a person, and how living somewhere boring and ugly doesn’t matter as long as you can be with that person. “Rich Boy” is its own story that doesn’t really explore loneliness or homesickness. I do tend to write a lot about sadness and loneliness, but I don’t see it as a bad thing. Sad music is healing to me especially when the lyrics resonate with me in some way.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not yet! I recently moved to Nashville so I’m just trying to play some shows around this area for now, but I’m looking at this summer for a possible small tour.

What else is happening next in Sara Kays’ world?

Well for one, I’m about to record my next song! I can’t really say I have a set ‘plan’ yet–for now I just plan to keep writing and putting out new music.

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