INTERVIEW: Indie Folk/Alt Country Singer-Songwriter, Sara Rachele
Hi Sara, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Busy! Running between Georgia, and New York, and France. Trying to keep my head on straight.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Scorpio Moon”?
Scorpio Moon, is the title track off of my upcoming album, it’s about emotions, magic, love. It’s about the forces which drive us. I went into the studio in Brooklyn with some gifted musicians, and we cut this live, and then overdubbed organ parts back home in Georgia.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Most of my work is autobiographical — so this came out of a night in Nashville, TN.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, we’ve got one in the works, I’m into getting a little weird with visuals that accompany my recordings, but I’m giving in to it. I’m primarily a writer and recording artist, but I get a little obsessive about accompanying visuals.
Why name the album after this track in particular?
Scorpio Moon is the recording which epitomizes this album and time for me as a moment. It’s a little about spiritual growth and astrology, and about the magnetisms and repulsions of my life. Scorpio Moon represents a time of evolution (hopefully) where I was single, and growing as an artist, individually, without a lot of outside input on my work. I think this is the first album that represents what I’m doing, independently.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote the title track in my shower, without an instrument. That sometimes happens to me, where I can just write to the groove in my head. This one I knew was going to be in six-eight time, and so I remember beating on the side of the shower (it was one of those pre-fab ones which honestly seems a little like an iso booth)and I was in Nashville singing it to myself, recovering from a situation where I felt a little overwhelmed, and underwhelmed simultaneously.
What was it like to work with Spencer Garn and how did that relationship develop?
Spencer and I first met when I worked with him in his tape studio in Little Five Points, that space “Diamond Street” was where the inception for my first album came about, so I asked him if it would be weird if I named my album after him haha. He was okay with it.
How much did he get to influence the album?
We did about two years of pre-production on this record. He also came up with me to New York and played bass on a couple songs, as well as organ and keys on other auxiliary parts. So he was pretty integral, even working from Atlanta, where we began the pre-production to the East Village (we literally made kimchi and stayed in my storefront apartment working on this thing by Tompkins Square Park) and would eat bagels and watch the skaters fall in the park, and I feel like there’s quite a bit of influence from those moments. He made me buy a cutting board for my studio apartment.
How have Liz Phair and Dolly Parton influenced your writing?
Liz Phair is the ultimate attitude icon, and Dolly is basically the best songwriter that ever has blessed the earth.(My protection dog is named Dolly Vicious after her and Sid).
How did you come up with the idea of blending and balancing jazz with Americana? That couldn’t have been an easy task!
I actually went to jazz school, so this little folk musician got real bounced around when I first started there because I was learning all the technical things I never did prior (I was self-taught initially and then did the Suzuki method for a while). I think my work revolves around my writing, and I do the best to write from my heart, so when we had certain compositions, they just come out a little Americana, because of the way my voice sounds, being from Georgia.
What role does Brooklyn play in your music?
New York is my great love. I’m just totally obsessed with it and happy, and freaked out by the energy of that place. Brooklyn, I’ve only lived in once and it was a difficult time for me, but also when I felt like I started tapping into writing about the hardest part of life. And every time I got there, I felt the energy from people who have shaped me as the woman I am today, and I could truly feel how hard it is to be alive. We recorded “Scorpio Moon” in Greenpoint, and it was special to have such a natural experience there.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I write from what is going on in my heart, for better or for worse. Some of my newer work is inspired a lot by poets, Eileen Myles, Marie Howe, Deborah Landau. Most of my own lyric comes from life experiences, generally ones that kick me into gear of some sort. Sometimes life just makes the needle jump the groove. I try to lean into that and write every day. And I try to mess up a little less each day, and write music about it either way.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’ll hit the road behind this album, this fall. I never really go or stop… I just try to keep creating.
What else is happening next in Sara Rachele’s world?
I’m basically on a life long adventure to feel as many feelings, sing as many of different people’s stories, eat as much food and record as many tape reels as possible before I die. I’ve also been practicing my French 😉