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INTERVIEW: Sara Lew

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

I’m good.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Same Old People”?

“Same Old People” is an indie rock song, with transverse guitar- and synth-melodies that cross each other under a prominent and narrative vocal. The verses lead up to the chorus built on a DUB-inspired drum beat, wide twang guitar surfaces, under the lyrical and more expressive vocal.

The song lyrics are about recognizing that even though we are moving in life and feel a development, there are times when it all feels as if you have not moved at anything at all. The song deals with a relationship with another human being, where the same patterns often repeat themselves with new faces. And in which we find ourselves and each other with the same beliefs, actions and understanding in an encounter with the other person as always.

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

I don’t think that it came out of a specific situation more like recognition over time. Like a theme I wanted to understand more.  Maybe out of being in a relationship for a long time and seeing that even though we develop ourselves and with each other, still some things just don’t change. That some things just pop up again maybe as the same issue or situation that can start a conflict or it kinds of appears but in a new shape, with a new face, but it is still has the same core as always.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I haven’t planned anything now, but I would love to make one if time and money allows it.

The single comes off your new album Sunday Morning – what’s the story behind the title?

The title of the album comes out of the second song on the album called Sunday Morning. Which refers to the lyrics of that song. The story behind this song and title is that I wrote it on a Sunday morning. I was on holiday with my family to north Scotland the Outer Hebrides in a house surrounded by a beautiful stunning view of deep cliff mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.  I had a moment alone in these surrounding with a guitar and came up with chords and melody for this song Sunday Morning.  The lyrics describe this Sunday Morning moment. Besides You Said written in 2016, it was the first song written for the album, and after we had recorded the song it became a blue print for the rest of the album. Therefore I chose it to be the album title as well.

How was the recording and writing process?

As mentioned before I was on a trip in the Outer Hebrides in Northern Scotland with my family, when I wrote most sketches for the tracks, which were subsequently completed here at home in Copenhagen, ready for recording.

In contrast to Black Feathers the band and I recorded as much as we could live in Jakob’s studio – to get the sound and energy that we had built up during shows. Consequently it’s been a more collective process for us all this time. After the recordings I corrected with dubs and finished the arrangements and soundscape to match my initial ideas.

Sunday Morning was arranged and recorded live in the studio in collaboration with Jakob Høyer (Trentemøller) and Anders Wallin (The Gun). Mix production is made by Nis Bysted (Iceage, Choir of Young Believers) and mastering by Emil Thomsen.

What was it like to work with Nis Bysted and how did that relationship develop?

I didn’t know Nis personally when I called him the first time. I just had great respect for his work without actually knowing it too well. It was more like a feeling that he would understand the music and have a touch in finishing the recordings and mixing. It actually took nearly 6 month before we got started. I had to finish up all the recordings and dubbing before he could begin his work. When everything was ready for the mixing I more or less gave him free hands and I don’t think he listened to our premix. When he was ready he started to send me his version and I could come back with feedback and from there we finished it off more at his studio. I think it was a very good process.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Because I started to give him free hands on the mixing I would say that he has definitely made his print on the songs and the sound of the album over all.

What role does Copenhagen play in your music?

Copenhagen is where I live and where I play and meet other music and musicians. I would say that Copenhagen and the music scene plays a great role, but I also get inspired from other places.

What aspect human relationship did you get to explore on this record?

I think most of the songs come out of everyday life in a relationship, the glory moments, the romantic moments and all the ups and downs and things that keep it together. Family life and all around having a family together, we have two kids. Also songs relating to my own background and story.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I get a lot of inspiration from nature especially the views we had in Scotland because it was so beautiful and full of mysteries. I like to write about process, like being in the moment and seeing what comes next. Also some of the songs are effected by politics and the state of the world as in now in general. Subjects and tendencies that marks our time, I am very affected by a lot of things which I’ve noticed comes out in my lyrics.

Any plans to hit the road?

We just played on Spot Festival and we have a concert in Copenhagen on the 18th of May in connection with the album release. There are plans for more concerts in the summer and in the fall of 2019.

What else is happening next in Sara Lew’s world?

At the moment I’m getting ready for the next concert and releasing this Sunday Morning album on May the 24th.

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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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