If you like impassioned hip hop with a stomping beat and fiery flow then you're going to love Sydney-based artist Sarah Connor.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I love the art of poetry and hip hop will always have a poetic element to it. I developed my sound from a lot of overseas and Australian influences but rap is an art that you have to be able to pull off yourself and is therefore organic to yourself. I deliver my lyrics in a way that inspires me, challenges me and makes me want to sit up and take notice.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The hungry and ever present desire to write. Catharsis. And also wanting to share and build a connection with your audience. I want people to be inspired and touched by my music and my lyrics.
What can punters expect from a Sarah Connor live show?
Someone who wants to raise the bar, engage and delight. I've recently been working with Raine Supreme and we pulled off an awesome set at Thundamentals. I often jam on stage with fellow MC Madame Wu and also an amazing singer I've come across named Price Johnson. These girls bring the dynamite to the stage and make it a soulful, fun and lyrical evening any time we drop a performance. I do a mixture of shows to your usual hip hop audiences but will often incorporate spoken word into my sets. I love to bring the rawness that is real hip hop mixed with whatever I feel connects with the audience.
I much prefer group shows over the solo work as its really hard work up on stage by yourself knocking out every lyric. Im also part of a new crew called Universafly which has about 7 MCs, a producer and a DJ in it. It's a really mixed crew and I'm really looking forward to collaborating and smashing out some live shows with such an ensemble.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
You can't do everything or address every problem or situation in the world. You need to pick one thing and focus on it and sort out what you are good at and use those skills to focus on what it is that you want to bring about change in. But when you make that decision, you need to be firm in it and devote your every waking hour to it. Only then will you do something truly great. - Nelson Mandela, at Rushcutters Bay in the year 2000.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
A toss up between Chandelier by Sia or Titanium by Sia - depending on how sad they were and how easily I could cheer them up. If I need to be more sombre and restrained about it, it would be Chandelier, if I was being flippant about it - it would be Titanium.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Brother by Thundamentals
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Lets make this a hip hop night.... which means the dancing may be awkward head nodding, but regardless, I'd chuck on something from Dylan Joel - either Numbers or his older track Set Us All Right. (Just to keep those hip hop heads guessing and vibing out to something fresh lol)
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went to Vent at Valve Bar (The old Agincourt at Broadway) and saw some local Sydney cats perform but also a performance by Solomon Childs, Wu Tang affiliate. Its the last Friday of every month and I've done a few shows there myself. Sometimes I even door bitch. It was a great night.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I work with an amazing crew Universafly which has peeps from all over Sydney and the Central Coast from different backgrounds including some peeps who recently came from war torn countries and now live in Australia. The aim of the game for me is to get my freestyle skills up lol (next year) I am also inspired by a lot of hardworking artists that I am surrounded by in Sydney include Izzy and the Profit also T wreckz - who is an up and coming young hip hop artist from the Central Coast as well as other amaze peeps from Sydney including the Thundamentals, Daily Meds crew, Big Village. I was blessed to find an amazing singer for the Coma State track, Price Johnson. I can't wait to work with her more. Interstate I am inspired by the ground broken in hip hop by the Hilltop Hoods. Other noteable people that I keep an eye on are Briggs - he's made music I love. And K21, who I admire as a younger artist who has gone out and done his thing. I forever look at those who raised the bar and broke new ground and think 'what can I learn from them and go out and do it myself?'.
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 is the year I am putting out my EP. It should be 6-7 tracks. We are busy recording the final track which should be a banging posse track and then it will go for mix and master. I also want to follow the release up with an interstate tour, probably the East Coast of Australia and then see what other opportunities I've got to put out music with the people I love. I have never gigged outside of NSW so I am really keen to share my music with other fam interstate. I am always looking for opportunities to work with new people and hope to put out some banging tracks with them that can add to the music made in this country. I want to raise the bar, I want to do all those things. But most of all, I want to make great music that people enjoy. If I just do that, I can look back on this year and know that I did what I set out to achieve.