Ethereal cellist and singer-songwriter Sage has announced her debut single From Dust, a gorgeous, introspective meander made especially for soulmates is a fantastic listen. Accompanying this stunning track is a beautiful, nostalgic video, shot in collaboration with director Hugo Rose (Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird). From Dust is the first taste of Sage’s which features on her EP Tethered, a collection of gentle yet striking songs for cleansing the soul. Sage answers a few questions for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the EP?
It’s been such a crazy ride, but I’ve loved every minute of it! January was particularly insane because I was in Canada at a songwriting residency, planning my wedding back home, and trying to get an EP ready for release. I’m pretty glad to be back on the same time-zone as everyone now! There’s been a lot of buzz coming off of the release of my single first From Dust, so now all that’s left is to sit back and let the rest happen. I’m so excited for it!
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought? Not at all! The song was actually quite easy to track and finish. Plus, I was in great hands with my engineer/producer Richard Vaudrey. I still felt like I had so much to learn at the time, but it was a smooth start overall. It’s all the other stuff you don’t think about during the writing and recording process that adds up and makes for long days; the marketing, the project managing, writing out sheet music, booking venues, and designing cover art, just to name a few things.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
It sits somewhere in between folk, pop and classical. I definitely try to pull the sweetest most beautiful elements out of those genres to make lushious ethereal music. It’s really indulgent of me because it’s the kind of music I like to play and sing, so I only hope it’s the kind of music that people want to enjoy! It features a lot of cello, as well as layered vocals and soundscapes.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Fleurie! She has such a smooth, crystal clear voice, and I adore her songwriting. I can’t get enough of her. She’s put out a few EP’s and now a full album, and with each progression of her career I feel like I’m ready to be there with my own work. She started out quite acoustic and singer-songwriter-like, but is now writing really fun pop music with these cool 80’s production elements in them. I’m not saying that’s where I’ll end up, but I don’t think I’ll always be making the same kind of music because I’m so interested in the sound possibilities out there.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Recently I wrote a song and I was really proud of how quickly and beautifully it all came together, but then I said to someone “I wrote this song today, but I don’t know if I like it.” They said to me “It doesn’t matter. Just keep making art.” So that would be it. Just keep making art! I tend to get insecure about what I create so I need to be bluntly told to get over it sometimes. Obviously if something really doesn’t feel right you’ll probably reject it before it gets to the finished product, so if you do get to that finished product just own it and love it!
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Oh yeah! There are a lot of great folk festivals around Australia that I’d be keen to play. Last December I was flown up to Brisbane to play in the Dots+Loops festival, which is something I’d be up for doing again. The sky’s the limit, I’ll take whatever opportunities I can make for myself!
What’s next for Sage?
I’ve got some new songs for the set that haven’t been heard in Australia yet, as I was writing them in Canada earlier this year. Next on the to-do list is to record them and get to work on a second body of work.
Interview By Rob Lyon
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