We got to have a chat to the lovely Sahara Beck, backstage at this years Bleach At Burleigh, playing alongside Black Rabbit George, We All Want To and Ben Lee. We got an insight into the idea behind the clip to 'Here It Comes', upcoming tours and new albums and all about how this young talented being got to where she is now..
Where are you from?
Originally from the Sunshine Coast, Peregian Beach and now I'm based in Brisbane
Is this your first Bleach Festival?
We played one, not sure if it was last year or the year before but I remember Jeremy Marou got up with us because we didn’t have a bass player, and when we got there they were like we want you to play with a full band, which we weren’t prepared for but luckily Busby Marou were playing. We were all backstage and quickly teaching Jeremy how to play the songs, he’s super talented and picked up on the songs so easily.
How are you finding it so far?
It’s really chilled, driving here today there are so many cars on the road, it got really stressful and then when you arrive it’s like a sigh of a relief, everything is fine and everyone fine.
Tell us a bit about your history? How did it begin for you?
The first time I played was actually at my dad's birthday party when I was 13, I sang along with the musician he hired, but in school I was a lot of musicals, I actually wanted to be an actress. In one of my acting roles I was able to sing and after I did that, I felt the urge to do it again and became addicted. Then I started writing more, doing my own stuff because I figured I may as well try from the beginning to try and write my own material and see if it works. When I was 15 I moved to Brisbane by myself to go to a music school, and then I just started gigging lots and built my band up.
Would you still want to go into acting?
Oh yeah, I always keep an eye out, if anyones out there that needs an actor, I can dance I don’t know if you’ll like it but I’ll try.
Just put out a new clip for 'Here It Comes' - It's such a quirky video, did you come up with the concept?
It was all really rushed and last minute, so I called up my old principle and asked if he would have any film students interested in helping and he got back to me the next day and got me in touch with Dylan Woodland, who graduated a couple of years before me. We kept shooting ideas between each other and then on the day we didn’t have a bass player or a bass so we went with the idea of getting rid of everyones instruments, like the DJ in the kitchen with his pots and pans, so it was lots of fun.
What is the track 'Here It Comes' about?
As depressing as it sounds, when you have that thought in your head what if I just ended things to get rid of this horrible feeling, like the track has lots of different sounds which describes all the little voices in your head, but in the end it’s like a big bang, saying I don’t care with a massive sigh of relief. It's a journey of overcoming depression and negative thoughts.
You worked with Jeff Lovejoy on the track, how was that?
Really good, I’ve known him since I was about 15, I remember the first time we recorded together, I asked him to buy me some ciggies and from the moment we clicked and have worked together since.
Tell us a bit about the album 'PANACEA', what can we expect?
I’m so excited, 'Panacea' actually means the remedy, the universal cure to all problems. So basically every song is extremely varied and I'm hoping that people can put the album on or hold the album, and really connect with the tracks and feel a sense of relief because it’s a way of expressing yourself, this album for me.
Your going on an album tour...where are you headed?
We’re going everywhere man! That’s in May. Over the last couple of years I’ve been touring with other artists, and I’ve built a fan base from that so im hoping a lot of those people will come along to the shows and support me while im doing my own thing.
Where are you looking forward to most?
I'm really excited about Lizottes in Newcastle because it’s a very high end venue, and I never thought I’d be able to headline a place like that.
You must be stoked on blues... how did that come about?
I’ve known Peter Noble (Bluesfest Festival Director) for a while, I'm not going to put you on until you’re ready so we finally got an invitation for this year, so my dream came true. We’re going to have an 8 piece band for this, playing on the Sunday and Monday. Can’t wait!
You can catch Sahara Beck on her PANACEA album tour throughout May or at Bluesfest this week.