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Abby Sage – Holy Water

 

ARTIST NAME: Abby Sage

 

SONG TITLE: Holy Water

 

RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2020

 

GENRE: Indie Pop

 

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Tell us how to refine a demo to a mastered song.

It helps for me to really sit on something, try out multiple sounds and styles until my words find a home in a fully mastered track.

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Discuss the processing involved in creating a song.

I tend to start by brainstorming on the guitar, feeling out different melodies or phrases I have created, and testing them out. Verse, pre-chorus, and chorus I start with and I revisit that later to see if it’s something I want to finish or explore with production.

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Elaborate on the themes of most of your songs. 

A lot of my songs focus on the emotions that coincide with falling in love, whether that be one that is fresh and new or one that spans across a longer timeline.

 

 

Holy Water particularly emphasizes a less ideal version of love. The line, “let me breathe before you come and burn my lungs” is a cry for space and the desire for self-fulfillment prior to giving away a part of yourself to someone.

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Tell us your greatest musical works up to date. 

The works that I am most proud of are unreleased, pre-produced ideas that are sitting in my voice memos folder and have captured something pure and honest. My greatest musical work is in its rawest form.

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Tell us those behind your music process.

Jeff Hazin is my incredible producer! He is based in Toronto and we spent all last summer working on this project together.

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Tell us how you are handling the promotion of your music. 

I take it day by day, some days I actively reach out to blogs/ playlists/talent recruiters, etc. and other days I wake up to someone reaching out who has stumbled upon my music and those are the connections I love to make.

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Tell us your future goals and how you aim to accomplish. 

I just want to keep releasing. I have so much to give and so much growth to do. I want my musical journey to be ever-changing; I never want to settle into one thing.

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Tell us what you think has changed in the music industry. 

I still find it insane how personal it has become. How easily you can reach out to your favourite artists, show them love, and thank them for creating. It’s incredible how intimate it can be.

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Tell the greatest mistake to avoid while making a song. 

Don’t let one idea trip you up. If something is bugging you on a song you’re creating, move forward, revisit it later, talk to someone, listen to it in a different space, etc. Just don’t sit there repeating a line repeatedly until it makes you sick; let it breathe.

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Tell us how you boost your performance. 

Still learning that one! Early stages, so I take advice from those around me and string together a plan that works best for me.

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Explain the structure of the song. 

I like simple songs and I like elaborate songs. Some lyrics deserve the space that simple production allows and some lyrics demand that sense of chaos to create additional feelings. It really depends; allow the song to tell you what it needs.

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Discuss how the instruments come together for a song.

When something works you know. You know when something is missing just as much as you know when the right thing fills that space. There is nothing I love more than cracking (instrumentally) what a song needs.

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State your musical skills. 

I play guitar, a little bit of piano, I sing, and I write. Ideally, I would love to write for the rest of my life, for myself and for others.

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Tell us how you eliminate noise in your recordings. 

Find a small space, whether a sound booth or a makeshift quiet closet. The space is essential however sometimes I love the crackle in the back of my voice memos. It feels warm to me and sometimes I hate parting with it when we record the final version.

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List the name of artists you cherish most. 

Julia Jacklin is an incredible songwriter; I love SALES for their effortlessly distinct sound, and so many more. I love to draw inspiration from very different styles. A good song spans across genre and it’s dumb to ignore a beautiful song just because it’s left of what you normally listen to.

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Tell us how you get inspiration. 

Anything at all. conversations especially recently… lines in books, the outdoors, driving especially. I think best when I’m not thinking too hard. Inspiration comes naturally if you let it.

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Elaborate on the song. 

Holy Water is about self-fulfillment. To me, it is a reminder that no matter how warm and fulfilling love can be, I am my own power first and it is my responsibility to ensure my mind and body are taken care of before pouring myself into anything else.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

My artist’s name is my name! I thought of changing it, but I’ve always liked my name.