Five minutes with Sarah Walk ☕
We get to know the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter ahead of the DIVA Music Festival...
Sarah Walk and DIVA have a bit of a thing going on...
She's made an appearance at more than a few DIVA events, has performed live for Heather Peace and Rosie Wilby on Radio DIVA, and now she's headed back to the UK for the first ever DIVA Music Festival...
DIVA: Hello Sarah, first off, what does this week have in store for you?
SARAH WALK: I've spent the last couple of weeks working on a side project that I'm very excited about... I started it with two other amazing women who I went to college with. They're singers and songwriters, and together, we wrote a four-track EP back in May, which we're now recording. So I've been deep into doing that! I've also got another couple of collaborations up my sleeve...
The last time we chatted, you were playing live on Radio DIVA, what have you been up to this summer?
This summer has been "regrouping time" for me here at home in Los Angeles. I'm now beginning to prepare for my second, full-length album, so the past few months have been focused on writing and figuring out where I want to take the sound and my writing.
Can you tell us a little about your debut album, #LittleBlackBook?
Little Black Book was my debut full-length album and is still very close to my heart. It's a 12-track album with bangers and ballads that were written over a 12 year time period in my life. The songs on that album helped me cope, helped me grow, and helped me learn so much about myself and my place in the world.
I'll keep playing those live because they mean a lot to me, but I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into the next record and seeing where it takes me sonically... I already can't wait to share them!
Do you ever face challenges being an openly queer woman in music?
Absolutely. Being a woman — regardless of sexuality — provides so many difficulties. The music industry is undoubtedly a male-dominated one and I've found that as a woman, you really need to voice your opinion twice as loud as a man just to be heard. And even then, you may not be taken seriously.
As I've gotten older, I've become more and more aware of this kind of thing and I'm trying — in every situation where I notice it — to speak out and consciously surround myself with people that make me feel heard and valued. I believe that's the only space where I can create something meaningful.
We've managed to drag you back over to the UK for the DIVA Music Festival in November! Are you super excited?
Yes! I can't wait. It's been about four months since I was last in London and I miss it so much. I'm already so excited for the festival and to get back to England. I've had the pleasure of being involved in numerous DIVA events and they've always been a lot of fun. I also love working with Heather Peace, so I'm really grateful that she's asked me back this year. (Hey Heather! 👋🏼)
Awesome! And lastly, any words for your queer fans?
I think out of all of my fans, my queer fan base has been the most understanding, loyal, and supportive throughout my career.
Your love and support is SO appreciated and so mutual — and I can't wait to see you in December!
For more visit sarahwalkmusic.com or follow Sarah on Twitter @sarah_walk 🎼 DIVA Music Festival takes place from 30 November – 2 December 2018 at Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 1TB. Visit divamusicfestival.com for tickets, on sale now!
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