Hailing from the Sunshine Coast, independent artist Sahara Beck released her first album at age fifteen, and has been achieving incredible things since. Two EP’s followed, she’s performed at festivals such as Bluesfest and Falls Festival, and shared stages with Ball Park Music and Paul Kelly. Not to mention a few Queensland Music Awards!
Now age 22, Sahara has been working hard on her latest music in the US with renowned Sydney producer Tony Buchen (Mansionair, Courtney Barnett, Montaigne), and she’s ready to take on the next chapter. She’s certainly one to watch!
We got some amazing music industry insight from Sahara Beck before her ‘Here We Go Again’ tour kicks off this Friday… check out dates and grab tickets here!
1) Who was your first musical inspiration? Why? Who inspires you now?
My first real musical inspiration occurred whilst I was watching The Cat Empire perform. It was a revelation for me – the way they could snap anyone and everyone into the moment with them was such an inspiring and powerful thing to witness. They still inspire me a lot, but many bands inspire me now. It’s a constantly growing and evolving list!
2) What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?
I know this is not a very rock n roll answer, but try to get as much sleep as you can and eat good food! And if you’re the singer try not to talk so much to people before and after the shows… that last one is particularly hard for me.
3) What has been one of the most defining moments in your career?
There’s so many on so many different levels. But one big recent one was finally being able to fly myself out to America to record my music with Tony Buchen, a producer I really respect. It was a pivotal moment for me as it not only meant a long term goal would finally become a reality, it also represented an opportunity for a creative breakthrough and real personal growth. I felt I had worked really hard to have the opportunity to work with someone like Tony who I hoped could push me and challenge me creatively in new ways. I went to the US not having travelled there before, on my own and to work with someone I’d never met before to write and work in a very intimate fashion. I came out of that session with so much confidence and clarity.
4) How has your music practice changed over time?
I’m not sure my approach has changed very much… I think perhaps I care more about practice now than I used to probably because with every year I seem to be putting more pressure on myself. I guess as specific opportunities arise it becomes more outcome driven, so more focused in that way. I have always placed a lot of importance on reflection in my practice.
5) My top business tip for new artists is…
I’m gonna put a few in… Find a manager and team who you trust, surround yourself with hard working people who inspire and motivate you, create separate bank accounts for your music income and your personal savings and most importantly don’t forget without your music there is no business so always try to better your songwriting, your voice, your instrument, your production whatever it is that makes your music unique.
6) My biggest career mistake has been… What would you do differently now?
Going into a situation before I was ready, now I know to ask as many questions and not be worried about looking stupid, because when you end up in a bad situation you could have avoided by educating yourself – that’s when you really look silly.
7) In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is… What do you think can change that?
Mental health, it can be very hard going through the ups and downs in this industry and often feeling like you are alone through it. Touring in particular is not naturally designed to support the health and well-being of the artist and their touring parties or crew. I don’t know if there’s any easy fix for this but I know it would change so much if people checked in with others more and kept an open conversation about it. No one should think they are weak just because they don’t feel strong. I know there are people in our industry working hard to change and open up this conversation, and so I will take this opportunity to mention Support Act and their well-being help line:https://supportact.org.