We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Walk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what principle do you value most?
I think being honest to my own perspective and story has always been the root of my creations. I know a lot of writers that can tell someone else’s story or make up fictions really well, and there’s nothing wrong with that but Ive always found it hard to tap into something that isn’t mine or understand it enough to write about it. I think the most powerful form of creation is the one that connects the human experience, and the experience I know is my own. Over the years I’ve found it really interesting how often a song that I write can be re interpreted or cloaked on to someone else’s personal truth, so I think the best way for me to connect is to be honest and let the listener make the song their own.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always gravitated towards writing and performing – some of my earliest memories are putting on concerts for my neighbors and making up songs at the piano. I think when I decided to go to Berklee College of Music I shifted into realizing that this was something that I could actually turn into a career. When I look back at my time after college, where I was spending most of my time in London where my label is and previous management, I realize how much I pushed myself out of my comfort zone into new territory because of my music. Touring in Europe has also given me such an expanded view of the world and connected me to so many people. Being able to have those experiences have been the most rewarding, and often times are the most challenging in the moment.
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.
I’ve always lived in East Hollywood so I’m a bit biased about the food over here. I like to start visitors off at Griffith Observatory – often times doing a hike up there and then showing them the amazing view of the city so they can orient themselves. Like I said, food is a top priority. There are so many incredible cuisines and cultures here which is something I really love about LA. Some favorite go to places are probably Bowery Bungalow, Night Market Song, Sugarfish, Blairs.. I’d obviously make a stop at Jeni’s Ice Cream after a meal because Jeni’s reigns supreme.
I always take folks to the beach which is something I rarely do unless I’m hosting – I try to get away from Santa Monica and go up to Malibu or maybe Marina Del Ray. A day trip to Big Bear is also totally doable and is cool to show people the different landscapes you can get to within an hour or two. Speaking of that, I’d make sure to do a night at Joshua Tree, and a day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs which is a new discovery, but please don’t all go at once! The week days are ideal if you can make it happen, and make sure to do the Grotto.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Two people that come to mind are Steve Brown, who produced my first LP ‘Little Black Book’ and my previous music lawyer Mark Fischer who unexpectedly passed away in 2014.
Steve was one of the first people who really championed me in London and had such a ruthless belief in me. He dedicated so much of his time towards that first album and helped lead me to my then management, which led me to the label I still work with today.
Mark was such an inspiration and incredible music lover. We met back when I was in college and he helped steer me towards the label I work with today, and really made sure that I was led in the right direction early on in my career. I am so grateful to both of these wonderful people.
Daniel Smith Coleman Dawn Kilner Stuart Wieten