Traversing her own wave of indie luxe-pop, Melbourne’s SANNIA returns with new single Sad Rich Girls. The track is the follow up to Triple j favourites Go and Get Over, Better and Love You Like. Sad Rich Girls is a cheeky diss track that pulls no punches. It’s a statement on that one girl we all know who always brings the drama. The kind of girl that instead of lifting her sisters up will drag them down to get to the top – forgetting that women are stronger when we stand together. Sannia answers a few questions about the single for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of your new single Sad Rich Girls?
Like trying to stand upright in a washing machine, and I’m sure any artist that’s released music in the last 18 months can relate. After the year that was 2020, I probably should’ve braced for a third wave; when things really started to go south in Melbourne towards the end of August I realised this was going to be a pretty precarious couple of weeks. I’ve still been really excited, but sometimes you feel out of touch trying to plug your song during a global pandemic; one minute I’m full of joy and the next I’m sweating through the 11am press conference.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
Dancing between the commercial, electronic pop world and the sad girl™ ballad landscape – depending on the day of the week/my relationship status. A similar vibe to King Princess, Lorde or Olivia Rodrigo.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
I’ve always been a writer, it’s always been a way of expressing myself and acted as an emotional outlet, so I’d say the biggest influence on my music would be the incredible musicians in the scene around me. When I’d go to a gig (pre-COVID, when gigs existed) and leave completely inspired and hyped the first thing I’d do is get home and try something new, or try and push myself to be a bit better and work outside my comfort zone. We’re really lucky in Victoria to have a world class standard of musicians, I really hope our live scene is able to bounce back – not just for established acts but for the benefit of younger musicians coming up the ropes.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
‘Comparison is the thief of joy and the killer of creativity’. I used to be paralysed by it – I spent the first two years out of Uni standing still, absolutely terrified of making any move in case people thought I wasn’t good enough, or my music wasn’t good enough, and I ended up writing less, performing less – it took the longest time to accept myself and just put my head down and work. These days I don’t care if people don’t like my music, it’s absolutely not for everyone, but finding my audience out there has helped me see there’s no point trying to be anything other than your most authentic self.
What’s next for Sannia?
This week, I’m releasing the music video for Sad Rich Girls, which – due to lockdown 6.0 – I ended up putting together entirely on iMovie, which should be interesting. After that? More music, lots of music, a pandemic’s worth of new music is on it’s way.
Interview By Rob Lyon