Having kept her listeners captivated with a stream of poignant single releases from the very beginning of 2020, twenty year old London songwriter Sarah Meth has eventually unveiled her debut EP, Dead End World; displaying her intuitive songwriting and velvety vocals across four breathtaking tracks.
In appreciation of her stunning work, we spoke to Sarah about BRIT School and how her music is evolving as quickly as she is.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
I’m 20 and from North London. I’ve always been singing but I’ve been writing songs and making music in my room since I was about 15.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I’d always wanted to pursue music but never thought it was a realistic path to go down. It was probably when I got accepted into BRIT School for sixth form. One of my friends in the year above went and said she thought I’d like it there. I think everyone was a bit surprised when I applied and I wasn’t expecting to get in but I did and having those teachers see potential in me I reckon was the start to me taking my music more seriously. I hadn’t been trying to pursue being an artist because I was still really young and teaching myself to play piano and use GarageBand. The summer before I started my friends encouraged me to make a Soundcloud and my demos found their way into the hands of my management pretty quickly. It felt really strange to suddenly have a manager and be going to music school when I hadn’t even played a show or really written a body of work, but luckily my time at BRIT was an environment encouraging us to do exactly those things.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
I think it’s the things in my life I can’t really comprehend that influence me, so turning them into songs helps me understand myself a bit better.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
I’ve learnt a lot about myself through making music… especially within in the past year. The songs I’m releasing now were all written from the ages of 15-17. Things were pretty stable and I had a long term boyfriend then so naturally the subject matter of my songs were slightly more outwards from myself, questioning the world around me. But this past year and a bit i’ve been on my own. Shit’s happened, I’ve grown out of certain interests and people and into new ones…its just the way life takes you. Through my music becoming a lot more personal in this time, I think i’ve learnt my songs reveal the real truth of how something really sits in me, I see it as a part of my subconscious almost. My songs often feel like things I can’t admit in real life and there have been a few where lyrically I should’ve followed my own advice but couldn’t seem to do so in reality. So I think what I’ve learnt through making music is that I should probably listen to myself a bit more through my songs.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
I wouldn’t really see myself as in the industry as I’ve only been releasing music as of a couple of months ago. But I think it would have been good to know when I was younger that the best thing you can be as a creator is to be open. I always thought until quite recently that the best material I make has to be through tapping into a very private, raw and unguarded part of me alone in my room. But I think i’m starting to realise that’s just one of the many paths getting creative can go down. The only way you can really grow and learn as a creator is through being open to other ideas, other people and more open to yourself. It makes you realise that maybe the feeling you get when you birth an idea that feels like it could get really great as a piece of music, can be just as good or even better shared with someone else. In the same way we want to share life’s pleasures in our friendships or relationships…I think the same applies to making music too.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
I don’t know if they're originally from London but I’ve been really loving Jockstrap’s new EP ‘Wicked City’, they’re so refreshing. Their music’s really moved me, but has also reminded me at the end of the day it’s not worth doing unless you’re having fun whilst you’re making it. I think its often easy to think those two aspects of creation don’t coincide, tapping into your vulnerability but having fun with it… kind of what I was just talking about previously. Also someone very close to me Shivum Sharma has one of the most beautiful voices and is releasing new music. It’s so exciting putting music we’ve both heard and loved of each other’s out at the same time for the rest of the world to hear. I’m singing backing vocals on his next single coming out called ‘Ride’
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
Hmmm. I would love to play around Japan one day. As for the rider, whatever keeps my friends who play with me happy!
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
I’ve always wanted a song of mine in a film. It would be cool to have one by Charlie Kaufman. His films always have great scores usually written by Jon Brian who’s an incredible composer.
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
To be completely honest I think my bucket list goal is just to make as much genuine and varied music over my lifetime as possible. I hope in ten years time i’m working on a weird project with the last person i’d expect I would now. For me the idea of playing main stage at Glastonbury or doing a world tour doesn’t epitomise the feeling I get after creating something that’s new territory and moves me, or managing to connect with an audience where nobody knows your music. (Although don’t get me wrong it would still be fun to do those things of course.) I hope I've authentically dipped my toes into genres that feel out of my comfort zone and collaborated in some way with as many different people I admire as possible. I think my goal is to be a completely different artist in the future to who I am now but still with the same essence to my work that makes it mine.