AN INTERVIEW WITH SARA KING
Starting her music career online, posting covers of songs by the likes of Lorde and SZA, Dallas singer Sara King is now making a place for herself in the music world with the release of her EP HEAT. We talked to the new high school graduate and self-proclaimed “glitter pop” artist about some of the influences to both her sound and lyrics as well what her hopes are for the future.
YOU’VE BEEN ON YOUTUBE FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS NOW. HOW DO YOU THINK POSTING YOUR COVERS ON THERE + BEING A PART OF THAT COMMUNITY HAS HELPED YOU DEVELOP AS AN ARTIST?
Being a part of the YouTube community has helped me immensely in various ways. It allows me to interact with people who have a lot of the same interests as me, especially in the music category. My active subscribers have very similar music taste as me and I find that incredibly helpful because they know what I might like and they recommend music to me. That helps a lot with finding new music.
WHAT’S YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN LIKE PERFORMING WITHIN THE MUSIC SCENE IN DALLAS?
I'm very new to the performing aspect of my career. Before I started performing in shows as Sara King, I had only done a few shows with The School of Rock program when I was younger. That being said, I've had a great time performing here recently and I’m definitely learning a lot.
I draw inspiration from a lot of pop/indie artists that I currently listen to. I hope I can one day write lyrics as powerful and intelligent as Lorde's. I love lyrics that are straightforward yet poetic. I think really well-written lyrics leave room for interpretation with a listener, allowing them to connect to the experience or idea being expressed.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST SINGLE, “DREAMZ.”
It started when I found a really enticing beat on YouTube and started writing a demo over it. At the time, I was feeling really bored and alone because this guy kept dropping our plans, so (as strange as it may sound) I would just daydream about him since I couldn't actually be with him.
WHAT ARE SOME ARTISTS/SONGS/ALBUMS THAT YOU WERE LISTENING TO WHILE WORKING ON THE EP THAT YOU THINK HAD A SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCE ON YOUR SOUND?
I was listening to a lot of songs that have a real summer vibe. I don't think I was listening to one specific album or artist, but a few who've inspired me are Kali Uchis, Homeshake, Sophie Meiers, Amy Winehouse, Gus Dapperton, and Roy Blair.
YOU’VE GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL AND HAVE RELEASED YOUR FIRST EP. WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP FOR YOU?
The next step for me is to write and continue to gain experience performing in front of live audiences, to mature as a live performer. I've also just started working on a full-length album, which I believe will shed more light on who I am on a more personal level.