Convo With Sahara Beck

Hailing from Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia, Sahara Beck is a pretty funny entertainer and a captivating songwriter.

Recently she released a single called Crave Me, which combines electro-pop with powerful vocals, and the result is outstanding.

Used to spotlight Sahara released her fourth EP early this year, featuring five tracks co-written and produced by Tony Buchan in Los Angeles.

The talent has been achieving great stuff in the field and doing a lot of buzz with taste-makers.

We had the chance to interview her to know more about this gem. 

Where did you come from and where are you based now, and why?

I was born in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia and then our family moved to Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. This is where I was raised and spent my formative years by the beautiful beaches. It’s a lovely community there very supportive of the arts. And when I was about 15 I think I moved down to Brisbane on my own so I could continue my schooling at the Music Industry College. There was a bigger music scene in Brisbane which meant there was more opportunity for me there to develop. I live in Brisbane ( Meanjin) now for the same reason but I pretty much travel back and forth between the Sunshine Coast where my family still live and my home in Brisbane, (Meanjin). Also, my family are actually originally from Germany and so we have a strong connection there, Hoping I will get to tour there one day!!

What is the best thing about Australia?

I think I’d have to say I love how relaxed Australia is. Easy going and very chill for the most part.

And we are so blessed with such a stunning landscape, We have a lot of blue sky all year round!We have some of the best beaches in the world on our doorstep, plus the Great Barrier Reef, beautiful rainforests..Uluru.. our wonderful indigenous people and much to love about Australia.

Who inspired you to pursue your career?

There are lots of musicians that I look up to. But a defining moment for me was when I saw Harry James Angus (from The Cat Empire) live at a festival., When I heard his voice and saw how people connected to him through it, I knew instantly I wanted to be able to do that to.

What are you most proud of so far?

At the moment I am most proud of creating and collaborating on the show “Bite Club” with Briefs Factory International. It’s a live show built around music from across my entire songbook incorporating circus, cabaret and burlesque and it gave me a purpose and a focus during Covid Lockdowns. It was an opportunity for me to continue to be creative in a different way and with different people and its been quite successful here in Brisbane.

Its an incredibly special show to me because its just so much fun and brings people so much joy!

How do you think your closest friends would describe you?

Hahaha, Gosh I’m not sure, but I think maybe they’d describe me as a space cadet!!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Always pee after having sex.

What is the message behind Crave Me?

Crave Me is a lullaby of longing and its written for anyone who feels like there is something that they want more than anything. Something that feels so close but so far away.

What’s the most valuable thing in your life?

Love. Love keeps me going every day, Love gives my life meaning. Beyond the intimate, a lover, friends, family..its love for music, love for our environment, inclusivity …

Where is your favorite place?

The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium which is located within the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens, is a place I always come back to. Laying back in a big dome with a documentary about space or black holes…. Or whatever they are playing on that day always makes me feel good.

What is next for Sahara Beck?

I have a lot of music to come, starting with an EP! And. hopefully, as things open up around the world there will be some more touring.

I’d really love to tour internationally.

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