Interview: Sasha Sloan talks touring, writing and new music in Seattle before her show with Joywave

You may not have heard the name Sasha Sloan, but you’ve heard her songs. Sasha has co-written for ODESZA, Camila Cabello, and Charli XCX. For the first time, she is performing her own songs on tour opening for Joywave. Sasha is one of those effortlessly cool girls. She walks onto the stage with a beer in her hand and immediately builds a rapport with the crowd. They murmur about how much they dig her style as she sings through her set of sad songs.

We got the chance to meet up with Sasha Sloan and ask a few questions.

How has the tour been going for you so far?
So far tour has been really fun! It’s my first one so I’ve been adjusting to the lifestyle which is definitely a challenge at times. I never had to sleep on a bus with 12 other people before, but it’s actually awesome – I feel like I’m in summer camp.  I’m loving performing in a different city every night. I’ve been stuck in a studio for so long I forgot music was made to be live. It’s so cool going out there and getting to play for new people every night.

What moment has stuck out to you the most?
The moment that has stuck out to me the most was when we played our first show in Las Vegas. I had been rehearsing with my band, but I had never played these songs to a real audience before. Seeing the crowd react to what my songs was one of the coolest feelings ever.

One of your newer songs, “Normal”, touches on the desire people have to feel a sense of belonging. Do you feel like an outsider still? How does that translate in your live performances?
I definitely still feel like an outsider at times. It was really bad when I was younger and newer to L.A. I had no clue how to be myself, but I think I’m learning how to embrace my quirks and I’m becoming much more confident now. Feeling like a bit of a weirdo has actually helped me when performing. I think most people feel like an outsider at one point or another and I talk about it during my set. People seem to relate and knowing I’m not alone makes it even better.

You’ve been writing songs for some pretty incredible artists. Is there a difference when you write for others compared to when you write for yourself?
There’s definitely a difference when I’m writing for me. I think I’m not afraid to take more risks and say what I’m really feeling. I am usually pulling from real life experiences too. When writing for other people there are some unspoken rules you kind of have to follow and I don’t always emotionally connect with what I write for someone else. Everything I put out as myself is 100% real to me and I hope to hold myself to that.

Sasha Sloan will be with Joywave through March 7th. Listen to her latest single here. You can find more information on the tour here.

Sasha Sloan

Sasha Sloan

Joywave

Joywave

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Interview: Sasha Sloan talks touring, writing and new music in Seattle before her show with Joywave

You may not have heard the name Sasha Sloan, but you’ve heard her songs. Sasha has co-written for ODESZA, Camila Cabello, and Charli XCX. For the first time, she is performing her own songs on tour opening for Joywave. Sasha is one of those effortlessly cool girls. She walks onto the stage with a beer in her hand and immediately builds a rapport with the crowd. They murmur about how much they dig her style as she sings through her set of sad songs.

We got the chance to meet up with Sasha Sloan and ask a few questions.

How has the tour been going for you so far?
So far tour has been really fun! It’s my first one so I’ve been adjusting to the lifestyle which is definitely a challenge at times. I never had to sleep on a bus with 12 other people before, but it’s actually awesome – I feel like I’m in summer camp.  I’m loving performing in a different city every night. I’ve been stuck in a studio for so long I forgot music was made to be live. It’s so cool going out there and getting to play for new people every night.

What moment has stuck out to you the most?
The moment that has stuck out to me the most was when we played our first show in Las Vegas. I had been rehearsing with my band, but I had never played these songs to a real audience before. Seeing the crowd react to what my songs was one of the coolest feelings ever.

One of your newer songs, “Normal”, touches on the desire people have to feel a sense of belonging. Do you feel like an outsider still? How does that translate in your live performances?
I definitely still feel like an outsider at times. It was really bad when I was younger and newer to L.A. I had no clue how to be myself, but I think I’m learning how to embrace my quirks and I’m becoming much more confident now. Feeling like a bit of a weirdo has actually helped me when performing. I think most people feel like an outsider at one point or another and I talk about it during my set. People seem to relate and knowing I’m not alone makes it even better.

You’ve been writing songs for some pretty incredible artists. Is there a difference when you write for others compared to when you write for yourself?
There’s definitely a difference when I’m writing for me. I think I’m not afraid to take more risks and say what I’m really feeling. I am usually pulling from real life experiences too. When writing for other people there are some unspoken rules you kind of have to follow and I don’t always emotionally connect with what I write for someone else. Everything I put out as myself is 100% real to me and I hope to hold myself to that.

Sasha Sloan will be with Joywave through March 7th. Listen to her latest single here. You can find more information on the tour here.

Sasha Sloan

Sasha Sloan

Joywave

Joywave

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