We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Keyser and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what do you attribute your success to?
I think the most important factor behind my success is balance and transparency. As a musician I often forget to take time to focus on other activities that don’t involve practicing or songwriting. Finding balance between different aspects of my life is challenging at times, but I’ve found that working on my mental and physical health has also helped me grow in my own creative space. Being a songwriter impacts how we as writers connect with the world and the people around us. We want to be able to share our own experiences with people through music. This involves self reflection and growth on a personal level. I believe that writing songs about my own struggles with mental health has and will continue to be a key part of my success. I hope to keep pursuing this journey of self reflection by being transparent in my songwriting.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Pop/Rock artist out in LA that has a background in an eclectic mix of genres. I grew up listening to anything from Jazz to Classical to Pop. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2019 with a degree in songwriting and have been in Los Angeles ever since making music. After graduating I realized that I had to wear a lot of different hats, which has been a big part of my growth as a professional musician. When I first got to LA I worked in marketing for an R&B artist and started playing guitar for several different groups as a hired gun. I learned a lot about being able to adapt in a pressured environment and how to network with a wide range of musicians. One of the things I am most proud of is the fact that I continue to absorb guitar and songwriting skills, which allows me to use different techniques from contrasting genres and mesh them together.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I wanted to show my best friend around LA, I would first take them to El Cholo because in my opinion they have the best chicken fajitas in Los Angeles. Then we would go to The Music Box, which is an outside music venue in Venice. A few weeks ago I played a socially distant show there with my new duo, “brvthrs.” and the crowd was very responsive. After that we would go to the Scum & Villiany Cantina Bar in Hollywood and maybe go dancing at The Abbey.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout my good friend and songwriting partner, Sasha Stern, also known as “Twin Sis”. We have recently started a pop/rock duo called “brvthrs.” that is a combination of our collective styles. She comes from a self taught background where she has studied all types of music and has brought a lot of inspiration to me as a songwriter and a friend. I encourage you to listen to her music on Spotify. Sasha is a very talented songwriter and has a special way with words.
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