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Inside Issue 45: Sandi Thom

Sandi Thom

When Sandi first boomed onto the music scene she was one of the first musicians to become mainstream thanks to the internet. Nowadays, even despite the mass of music and talent on the World Wide Web, it’s much easier to become a sensation over night.

Some of the best songs come from the feeling of pain and emotion that the songwriters feel. Is this how Earthquake was created? Definitely. I wanted to write this song to share with different people of all ages, who can relate to how I felt when my relationship ended. It was so unexpected, so unpredictable and such a shock to the system, it was as if someone had just dropped a bombshell on me. My whole world as I knew it came crashing down. Then there was the aftermath of rebuilding my life, my home and myself, finding pictures in the rubble of what once was and remembering the life I had, it was like being in an earthquake.

Do you feel it’s easier to write a song using that raw emotion, or do you have to wait a few days before getting the lyrics down? I think its best to just sit down and write when you’re overflowing with those emotions, because you’re less conscious of what you’re doing and in those moments tend to subconsciously blurt out the right lines.

Are sad songs easier to write than happy songs, do you think? Or is it just about feeling a strong emotion or attachment to something real? Not necessarily, it depends on how you view the song. For me Earthquake is also a song of courage and can be positive if you want to look at it like that. “Happy” songs might be a song that makes you wanna dance and let loose but the subject may not actually be that happy. A lot of the early Beatles stuff was like that.

For the single you even did the production for it. Do you like to get hands-on with your songs? I find that I have a lot of ideas in my head about the design of the song and how I would like to hear it, I tend to create demos where I’ll map out drum patterns and try and create as many sounds as possible using just voices and acoustic guitars so that I can get the idea across in as much detail to my engineer. It’s not the conventional way to do it but it’s my way!

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Words copyright VanityHype magazine

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