Interview: "Let Me Know" by Sharl
Q: Congratulations on the release of “Let Me Know”! What inspired you to write this song?
Sharl: Thank you! The calendar date being 31st December was the initial inspiration! I felt so restless on that day about the year ending that I just had this need to write one more song before 2021 finished! Being in that impatient headspace took me right back to this time which I describe in the song, the impatience I felt after going on a few dates with someone.
Q: When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Sharl: I think people will be surprised by this! I started learning musical instruments when I was three, I’ve loved singing and songwriting for many years and first released original music a long time ago. Music has always been my passion and a huge part of my life. But in all honesty, I didn’t feel completely comfortable being an artist, compared to just being a musician, until last year! I don’t know how but something switched inside me and now I feel totally at one with the music I’m releasing, and that I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing. Paradoxically there is real inner peace and fulfilment I get now from creating my music even though it involves sharing such personal and raw emotions.
Q: What is your go-to karaoke song?
Sharl: Enthusiastic rendition of Super Bass which no one deserves inflicted on them…
Q: If you could have dinner with any artist in the world, dead or alive, who would you pick and why?
Sharl: XNDA, even if music is not the career he’s known best for! He is a great inspiration: always working hard to be at the top of his game under immense pressure, and balancing multiple passions in the most impressive way. Also he is an advocate for disadvantaged communities and speaks out about causes he believes in, when it would be much easier not to. Seeing such commitment is very motivational to me, and he does it with a lot of humility and style too.
Q: Who would you say are your biggest music influences?
Sharl: Right now, I don’t really have any conscious influences! For my music I write whatever feels natural at the time, and sound-wise I go with whatever feels best for the specific song. I like a wide range of genres but I do lean towards listening to solo pop female artists, some earlier inspirations would have been Taylor Swift and Sia for their songwriting and Lady Gaga and Rihanna for their artistry. Somewhere along the line my writing must have been influenced by the girl and boy bands of the early 00s, as I think they have intrinsically timeless and catchy melodies that outlive their production. As a teenager I loved sometimes listening to pirate radio and underground dance music so that’s also a background influence for me, I can never resist a great EDM sound!
Q: What can we look forward to next from you?
Sharl: My next single “That Girl”, comes out on February 18th. I wrote it very recently too so it feels good releasing something so fresh! I wrote and recorded an album called City Lights last year. So the first single from this album comes out on 4th March. I’m really excited about the song, it’s called “I Fell In Love”: I think it blends together a truly awesome sound with telling a big story! For better or worse, I believe many people can relate to the lyrics, which encompass love, pain and resilience through bad times. I just finished shooting the music video for it, which has been an exciting collaboration with George Tsotsos, an up-and-coming filmmaker from Canberra. So I can’t wait to share that with people too and watch the song come to life with visuals that express the music further. More singles from the album City Lights will be dropping ahead of the full album release this year. It’s a diverse collection of pop songs across many subgenres so there’s something in there for most people.I am really lucky to be working with Daniel Bohen, he is not only an amazing producer but a great solo artist, so check out his music too! We are constantly throwing ideas around, experimenting with different sounds and evolving all the time. So you can look forward to a lot more music from me, with continued growth as an artist and absolute love for what I’m doing!
Written By Sarah Curry