The Quiet Before Music is a section of our blog where we give visibility to our main source of inspiration: music.
Through album reviews and interviews to independent musicians, we share the best indie music and more.
We’ve "flown" to Los Angeles to interview the talented and beautiful Sarah Winters, known with the stage name of vōx, a singer and songwriter bring new excitement in the electronic music world.
What lead you to Music?
A very difficult childhood led me to escape into music. It meant I didn't have to be myself anymore. No one had to know who I was when I made my first myspace page and started posting home recordings to it. That was a blessing.
But I was very young and foolish when I first started thinking I would be a full-time musician, so it's taken many years of learning what "being a full-time musician" really means since making that decision.
What does "being a full-time musician" mean?
Where you able to keep the naivety of your Myspace days?
It definitely doesn't mean the same thing to me as it used to. I think it's always important to keep opening your eyes wider, gaining knowledge. Some naivety may be a good thing, but when it comes to the truth of the music industry I'm so grateful to be closer to reality. It means that I can move in the right directions with my creativity, directions that will hopefully be able to sustain me and give me a career as an artist.
When it come to fashion, is your musical work reflecting your personal style?
Music and fashion are hand in hand for me. Aesthetic and style are highly important to me. I am personally effected by trends, but I try not to let too many of them seep into my personal style at once. They're always fun to play with.
Photo credit Allison Pharmakis (www.allisonpharmakis.com)
Is art important for you?
Outside art is very important to my work, because my work is art. And I'm inspired by all creative mediums. As a musician, you have to be. We're a culture that craves a lot of stimulation, and that extends into the music world. We're not satisfied with just the sounds. We want intriguing visuals. We want interesting photographs of the artists. We want to see them in motion in music videos. And this content comes from the artist. For me to be able to come up with a music video idea, suddenly I need to be well versed on directing and techniques of film, etc. Music is never just music. I don't think any art medium is ever just allowed to stand alone these days. We want it all.
Let’s talk about music in general, who’s your favorite performer and who influenced you the most?
My favorite performer right now is Kendrick Lamar. "Rigamortus" is the first song I fell in love with of his. I wish I had that kind of lyrical brilliance.
Especially in the beginning of my music making, I was mostly influenced lyrically, so I listened to a lot of folk music as well as hip-hop. I started out just writing poetry, and still to this day I always write the lyrics before the melody.
Are you a traveller?
I've always wanted to be a traveler. But I'm not quite aimless enough. My favorite travels were when I toured for a year as a keyboardist/back up vocalist in a Cincinnati-based band called WHY?. Touring is traveling with a purpose, and I adored it. At the end of one of the legs of the tour we were playing our final show in Tel Aviv. Most of the band decided to stay an extra week in Israel, and it was one of the most unique and beautiful weeks of my life. The culture, the food, the art, the amazing people. I'd love to go back to visit there again soon.
Any big plan for the near future?
No big plans, just world domination :)
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