We had the chance to chat with 17-year-old musician Sasha from Glasgow. She spoke to us about the music industry, her dream festival lineup, and much more!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would ensure an equal gender split on all artists being booked as women are not equally represented in the music industry.
What or who got you into music?
I’ve always been musical from a young age mostly doing musical theatre with lots of shows including the Kings theatre Christmas Panto where I did 35 shows. I then started performing at open mics around Glasgow and picked up a guitar when I was 14 and it’s just grown from there.
If you could have 3 musicians headline a festival, dead or alive, who would it be?
Lennon Stella, Holly Humberstone and One Direction that would be fun!
What is your dream gig venue?
Would be fab to play to a home crowd in the Hydro.
If you had to describe Scottish gig culture in 3 words, what would they be?
Vibrant, Creative, Atmospheric
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Holly Humberstone! I Have mentioned her before but would just be amazing to see how she writes and see how she comes up with ideas for her songs and even her music videos and live sessions.
What plans do you have for any new releases such as videos or gigs?
I’ve just released my Debut Single ‘Bad Days’ with Main Street Records and had a lot of fun recording it. And my music video to accompany the single is out now too. I had the great pleasure of shooting the video at the amazing Barrowland Ballroom with Martin Windebank who done a fantastic job! Was a real honour to have had that opportunity. Im also booked to play Party at the Palace, Vibration Festival and Gig in the Goil.
What did you get up to during Lockdown?
As I’m still at school doing my highers | was still quite busy with school work but also managed to write some new songs which I’m hoping to record when I’m back in the studio shortly.
What is the first thing you’re going to do when you’re out of Lockdown?
Would be just nice to to spend time with my friends and eat out and maybe some shopping just some normality but also can’t wait to play live gigs again.
What are some of your favourite up and coming bands from Scotland?
Connor Fyfe, The Snuts and Bonnie Kemplay all very talented.
What’s a few songs that you listen to and think “God, I wish I wrote this”?
Deep End by Holly Humberstone. It’s just such a personal and well written song that I think everyone can relate to. It’s stripped back but hints towards deeper meanings which I love. Dead Boys by Sam Fender – its such a sad song about a Heartbreaking issue. Its good to raise awareness for things like male suicide as its a taboo subject but also includes his own personal experience with it. Like everybody else by Lennon Stella – its a very simple song by its lyrics are extremely relatable. It shares her inner thoughts but really it’s just what everyone is thinking. Kinda like a conflict within herself.
How do you think the gig scene in Scotland is going to look in 2021?
Hopefully as we get nearer the summer I hope things will open up more but still think it might be slow. Probably be better come the latter part of the year if everything goes to plan.
For those who aren’t familiar with your music, how would you describe it?
I would say Pop but as I’ve just released my debut single I think I’m still trying to figure out my sound. I like trying different styles out and see what works.
What is the best musical advice you’ve ever been given?
Just be true to yourself and do what you love to do.
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