Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Sarah, I play as Synaesthete, and I’m from Brighton in England. I live in London at the moment.
Who are your favorite artists from home?
Down below I’ve mentioned a few acts that I love, both from home and from all over the shop. There are so many interesting people making music out there. It’s great fun when you find something you love. Thanks, the Internet.
What’s it really like touring?
Brilliant. I honestly love it. I like meeting people, seeing new places, deciding what colour eyeshadow to put on that night – I even just like being in a moving vehicle (it’s comfy). I have never done a 6 month megatour or anything really trying like that, so I haven’t had a chance to get proper tour fatigue. So no complaints from me. It’s certainly better than the usual reality of being sat in front of a computer.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
I like playing Edinburgh because I attended the art college there and still have a lot of friends there. And Dublin is fantastic too, the people are really friendly. I think there’s a lot to be said for the warmth and love for music that you find in the more celtic cities. London’s good too, though – my favourite venue would have to be Power Lunches, which is a radical, leftist venue that puts on all sorts of cool events. It’s really DIY and scruffy but people flock there.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
OK, let’s have Robyn, LCD Soundsystem (they can reform, right?), T-REX (back from the dead and my favourite band), Lydia Ainsworth, Tune-Yards, Deep Throat Choir, Stealing Sheep, Jamie xx, Beyonce, and, as the headliner, Prince!
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
I am still riding high on making on album last year. It was funded by Kickstarter and I am really pleased with it because I produced the whole thing and taught myself production and how to mix songs. I think I added lots of interesting things to it. This year’s been a little quieter but I’m planning a tour in the autumn, I released a new song called Black Sea and have played the brilliant Castlepalooza festival.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
“Get a synth player” – I like being on my own on the stage.
What do you do to relax?
THAT’S TOP SECRET
What are you reading?
I read the Guardian every day and have just finished reading ‘A Time from The World’ by Rowena Farre. In the 50s as a young woman she would spend half her year in London doing a degree or working as a typist, and the other half living as a gypsy, travelling around, sleeping rough, hitching rides and attending the fairs, even palm reading to earn money. So brave!
How about TV, anything good on the box?
I can’t watch series as I have a problem seeing the actors as their characters, all I can think about is them being actors, and what they do in between takes, whether they drink tea or coffee, and which of them are egomaniacs. I love watching programmes about space and Medieval history.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
Yes, it’s Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street rapping ‘Ante Up’.
What website do you visit most?
Ermm… definitely the Guardian, followed by Instagram.
What is your favourite:
Record? It has to be Rubber Soul, by the Beatles, doesn’t it? (always! Ed.)
Song? Outdoor Miner by Wire. Or Dot-Dash, also by Wire.
Lost classic song? I want to find more genuine English folk music. The Scots and Irish have tons. Ours sort of.. disappeared. Where did it go? Or why did it get re-recorded with cheesy production values?
Record label? Numbers, Young Turks, Arbutus and Abeano
Who is your favourite current artist?
Haaaaard question, Lydia Ainsworth and Mariam the Believer are two. Both incredible women.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
One of my favourites is Tirzah. She works with Mica Levi from Micachu and the Shapes. Amazing, frontier-pushing pop songs.
What was the last great gig you have seen?
The whole of Castlepalooza and especially Fight Like Apes.
Not sure. Accidentally catching a bad screamo or metal support band is one of my worst nightmares. I also can’t really bear the whole one earnest man with an acoustic guitar thing. It’s just too boring for me.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Jungle drums, eyeshadow, jumping about, bad jokes and entreaties to clap. Please come and hug me afterwards, too. It’s a new thing I’m testing out. Turns out getting lots of hugs is really nice.
Synaesthete will be playing at Roisin Dubh on 6 Aug & The Workman’s this Friday (midnight show)