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Q&A with Sabrina Song

Sabrina Song is a Brooklyn-based artist creating melodic indie pop that stays with you. The lifelong musician has developed her craft to write songs about love, self-doubt, and complicated relationships. Her latest EP, When It All Comes Crashing Down, showcases Song's delicate vocals floating over a range of styles, from piano ballads ("Down") to sparse alt-pop ("Doors") and upbeat indie rock ("To Know You"). We got to talk to her about her musical influences, songwriting process, and a hint at upcoming music.

Photo credits: Livy Wicks

How long have you been creating music?

I was always singing around the house as a little kid, and grew up playing piano, violin, singing in choir, all of that. I started making an actual effort to write songs towards the end of high school, and it took a few years to truly learn how to write, what I liked, and really trust my own opinion. So I would say I've been making music my whole life but writing and producing songs I liked for a few years :-)

Who / what has most influenced your musical style?

Definitely a big mix –– piano singer-songwriters like Billy Joel, Sara Bareilles, Carole King, other artists like Mitski, Ryan Beatty, MUNA, Sasami –– the list is infinite.

What’s your writing process like?

I'm a very lyric-focused person so I tend to start there most often. Most of my songs start as voice memos of me singing into my phone on the street or the subway, sometimes full melody lines that I flesh out into songs later. I always have a pretty good picture of how the song is going to shape up from the first seed of an idea.

Which song is your favorite off your latest EP, ‘When It All Comes Crashing Down’, and why?

That is so hard !!!! Right now I would say it's "Strawberry" -– It's become a slow burning favorite since I've been performing it live more and more. It was one of those songs that was written in the heat of the moment of the feeling it's about, and I love the production so much. I felt like it was a turning point for me as a producer in practicing restraint ––just letting the song be what it wanted to be.

Are you working on anything right now?

I am working on a lot right now .. a lot of songs... that may be together ... on one tracklist ...

What are you listening to currently?

I am almost exclusively listening to Ryan Beatty's "Calico." Also loving Kara Jackson's "Why Does Earth Give Us People to Love?"

Listen to Sabrina Song's latest EP 'When It Call Comes Crashing Down' now.

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