Radiant vocalist and songwriter Sannia has announced not one, but two magnificent new singles; Daylight and Better, out now. The two tracks are reflective of the growth of Sannia’s trademark intricate, emotive songwriting, and her voice soars with undeniable strength on both songs as the narrative melts from one track to the next. And the indie pop powerhouse has also released two stunning videos for the singles, directed by award-winning writer and director Emily Dynes (Teagan, Oh Pep!, The Gaze). To celebrate the double release, Sannia will be playing two exclusive shows in September at Melbourne’s Workers Club (September 12) and Sydney’s Golden Age Cinema (September 14) and she joins us to answer a few questions about her two new singles.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the double singles Daylight and Better?
Slow and steady, full of excitement and anxiety, but I’m so glad to have finally released these two singles into the world.
Was the process of making your singles as challenging as you thought?
For me I absolutely love writing and producing, I’m at home in a studio experimenting with weird instruments and broken gear, I think for me the hardest part of the process or at least what challenged me the most was actually backing myself. Would anyone invest in these songs? Are these songs good enough? Will people engage in my story at all? Is anyone out there still listening? Believing in my own ability to connect with my audience is probably the most challenging part, and I think it’s the same for a lot of independent musicians, sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re heading in the right direction.
Sonically, how would describe your music?
I’d say I’m probably somewhere in between the emotionally direct nature of folk/singer-songwriter styles and the energy of electronic pop. I’m a fan of big synths and weird ideas production wise but nothing in my mind should come between me and what I’m trying to say. These latest releases land right between that broad soundscape and the stillness of honest lyrical expression
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
If not my rapidly evolving emotions and anti-depressants, I’d say the musicians around me. I’m lucky to be making music in one of the most creative cities in the country, if not the southern hemisphere. There’s such a strong artistic community in Melbourne and I’m constantly in awe at local gigs at any given night by the amount of talent and level of musicianship on display. There hasn’t been a gig I’ve been to where I haven’t left thinking, ‘wow, I need to get home and practise right now’ – I’m definitely driven forward by watching the other incredible acts gigging around this city.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Speak your truth, sounds like the ultimate cliché but sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the business side of music, ‘is this song a hit,’ ‘will this song sell?’ ‘will this song make the Spotify viral 50’ – musically, none of that matters. You have to write music write from the heart and soul, you need to create the most real and honest representation of your true self and block out anyone that’s telling you that you’re not going to make someone else’s list, that’s not what music is about. Music is about expression, and you’ll never be able to truly connect with your audience if you’re pretending to be somebody else.
What is the Sannia life story?
The Sannia life-story is a bit of a circus so I’ll try and keep it brief. I had a lot of things going on at home that I didn’t really know how to deal with or make sense of as a child, and that really led me towards music – mainly piano and composition – as a way of expressing myself without an intervention from a teacher or a psychologist. Towards the end of high school I began to take singing more seriously and started gigging, studied music at university and last year released my first single. The last twelve months have been incredible, I was fortunate enough to tour with some amazing acts and I think for a little while there I was afraid to release music in case it didn’t live up to the hype, but here we are two new singles later and the floor hasn’t caved in!
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Always. One of my favourite parts of the release cycle is sharing music with new audiences, meeting new people, new musicians in new venues in entirely new towns. It’s such a huge learning experience and it really drives me to work on my craft. I’d love to head to Europe or the US and just soak up all the music history and culture. But at the same time I also really want to tour regional Australia and learn a bit more about my own backyard too!
What’s next for Sannia?
In the next few weeks I’ve got two single launches coming up in Melbourne and Sydney which I couldn’t be more excited for. I the next few months I’m hoping to release some more music I’ve been working on and tour it as much as possible, that’s really the space I want to live in – connecting with people through music. In the next few minutes, coffee.
Interview By Rob Lyon
Catch Sannia on the following dates…