5 Minutes With… Sara Silveira
After a short stint in a girl-group, singer Sara Silveira opted out to pursue her own career and began building her own buzz around her brand of pop-soul. In 2011 Sara caught a break when her vocals were sampled on the 2011 hit track 'Be Like Me', which features hip-hop star Snoop Dogg and grime legend D Double E. Since striking out on her own, the beauty has gone on to work on her up-and-coming album with acclaimed producer Skitz Beatz. Here she talks to The Wrap Up's Akilah Russell about her influences and going solo...
The Wrap Up: You once said music saved your life - can you explain what you meant by that?
Sara Silveira: Well, most people have someone they can turn to or other options for their lives if their dream doesn't go as planned; but for me I can safely say that music is the love of my life - it's the one thing that has constantly been around me.
I was adopted when I was very young and [music] has just always been there for me; it expresses how I feel when I'm happy or sad, or whatever I'm feeling at the time. I know that what I write is real so people can relate to it. I know what I sing is from the heart so it feels so personal; it's literally like being in a relationship [laughs]. I said my songs are like musical therapy and I mean it!
TWU: What made you go solo?
Sara: So many things [laughs]! No, no I'm playing. I think it was just time for me to move on from that situation. I've always had an idea about what I wanted to do with my music, how I wanted things to sound and look, so it helps when you are solo. Sometimes it's nice to be able to follow your own vision. It all worked out for the best I think.
TWU: There is a definite soul essence in your sound; who are your biggest musical influences?
Sara: Ooh I'd have to say Ray Charles, Etta James… gosh… this is a difficult one [laughs]. Most of Motown, but mainly Michael Jackson - he is my favourite artist of all time. So many, but I love soul music; to me it's one of the purest genres.
TWU: What's the best and worst parts of being a female singer in the UK?
Sara: Well, if you make it here there is a chance that you can make it big in other places too. Just look at Adele or Emeli Sande and even Amy Winehouse - these are female vocalists that broke America with ease. It's hard here just to be an artist in general and being a female, even harder, but if you do manage to get recognised it can easily lead to global success.
TWU: Tell us about your new album…have we got a name yet?
Sara: No name yet but it's sounding amazing so far, I think. I love working with Skitz Beatz - he just gets me. It's like we can be in the studio and I won't be making sense to the people around us but he knows what I'm thinking or trying to say - it's hilarious to watch, I swear! We have our own music code. I can't wait for everybody to hear what we've been doing.
TWU: What do you want your fans to say when they listen to your music?
Sara: Nothing [laughs]. I want them to feel. I want them to listen to it and really understand what I'm singing about. That's what I want the most… I want them to listen and feel it.
Words: Akilah Russell (@akilahrussell)