With a brand new album “Depth of Field” being released at the end of this week (Friday 23rd February) as well as a music video for its hit single “Never Let Me Go” and a headline position at SUPERMASSIVE festival in Adelaide this weekend to celebrate the release; Sarah Blasko is going to bring the boogie back to Adelaide this weekend!
Jonathan Matthews asked her about the album and her thoughts on hitting Adelaide this weekend.
Are you looking forward to coming to Adelaide for Supermassive this weekend?
Yeah, it’s a really good chance to play a show, since my new record is coming out on Friday. It kinda feels like it will be a celebration of that.
I’ve had the privilege to listen to that album already, and you did an amazing job! I loved it! Do you have plans to check out any of the other acts playing at Supermassive on Sunday?
Yeah, I hope so! Frente are playing, which is really exciting for me, I grew up listening to their music. I’ve also heard good things about the other acts, so it should be nice!
It’s definitely a nice line up that they’ve got! Who are some artists that inspire you?
Yeah! There’s been two albums by other artists in the last year that have really made a big impression on me. The first is Solange Knowles album ‘A seat at the table’, and the other one is by Frank Ocean, unfortunately I can’t remember the title right now but I had both of those albums on repeat for many months, and I think what really inspired me about those records is the space. They’re not cluttered sounding, and they hit hard. Almost like a photograph or an imprint of where those artists were at in their life at that time. They’re both slow burners, but they eventually get under your skin and you can’t stop listening. In a general sense, that is the type of album I was aiming to create.
So how do you feel about the new album?
I feel pretty good. I took my time, used my demo’s as templates and kept working on it over about six months. Because I produced it myself, there was much less pressure. I felt like I could work at my own pace, and I really just loved the process of making this album. It was very satisfying.
So would you say that this album is the one that means the most to you so far?
No, I don’t know if I necessarily see it like that. I love different things about each of my records, they all have their own place in my heart. When I listen to past records, I can almost smell or taste where I was at the time of writing it. It’s a reminder of where I’ve come from, I find it beautiful. I feel really lucky to have had all of those different experiences, and they’ve all lead me to where I am now.
That’s awesome, very inspiring! If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?
I’m not sure, I don’t think I’d want to collaborate with anyone I admire too much, it’s a scary thought. You get these ideas of what an artist is like in your head, and I wouldn’t want those ideals to be shattered, you know? I’ve always wanted to work with this great engineer called ‘Flood’, I’ve always thought he’d be amazing to work with. I’d also like to do something at Real World studio in England.
That would be great. Do you have a favourite song to play live?
I’ve found that playing my new tracks is quite refreshing, It’s so much fun to play new songs. My favourite is probably ‘Never let me go’, for which a music video will be coming out on Friday. I like that it’s really over the top and dramatic, it’s also got some humour to it. It’s about when people get into a new relationship, and they’re really nice at the start, but then as time goes on, they can turn into a bit of an evil character. I’m really fascinated by that, people get bored, or get married and then it just turns into a nightmare.
Yeah, I totally understand that. I noticed that love, and how it changes people is a strong theme on the new album, and I think it’s really well done. The whole album sounds incredible! Are there any messages that you’re trying to convey?
I decided to call it ‘Depth of field’ because I realised that the connecting theme was the range of different perspectives. Everything looks different from peoples different perspectives, and I guess the album is about that. Perspective shapes who you are, how you feel, what you do. When somebody is put in a foreign or new situation, it can bring out a completely different side of their personality. It’s all about the shift in perspective when circumstances in life change. I guess it stems from my life experiences, I’ve gone through a big shift in my life. My identity came into question, so then I started thinking about it, and looking at other people and thinking ‘how do people become who they are?’
So where’s your favourite place to play in Australia?
I don’t know, I don’t think I have a favourite place. I’ve always wanted to do a show at the state theatre in Sydney. I’ve gotten up and sung with other people there, but I’ve never headlined there. That’s still on my bucket list.
What’s your favourite thing about being a solo artist?
Probably the fact that you don’t have to go through that democratic process that bands go through. I get to collaborate with people, but then I also get to go away and do my own thing without having to worry about anyone else. At the end of the day, I can always go with what my gut is telling me. When there’s too many opinions it can get confusing, so that’s why I’m more drawn to being a solo artist. I like to do things at my own pace.
Don’t miss Sarah Blasko performing hits off her new album “Depth of Field” this Sunday 25th Feb at the Adelaide Fringe’s very own SUPERMASSIVE festival at Grounded, Victoria square, Adelaide.
All tickets available from FringeTIX www.adelaidefringe.com.au 1300 621 255
By Jonathan Matthews
SARAH BLASKO – DEPTH OF FIELD – Released February 23, 2018