Joining us for an interview is the fantastic Sasha Raven.
Hi, how are you?
Hey, thanks for asking me. I’m O.K., and I would like to say “Hi, Everybody”, and thanks for reading this interview!
So, how did you get into music?
I was always into music. Since I was born, I just love music. Music is my lifestyle, I can’t imagine my life without music. I think and I know, my life would be simply just miserable without it. When I’m sad and down, I just press the play button and with my mind, I fly away, into other dimensions. I forget about cruel reality, because this world can be a dangerous place. Music lifts me up. My story about becoming composer or singer-songwriter went like that. My mother was a classical guitarist. I had a guitar always in front of my face, but I didn’t show any interest into playing a guitar. When I picked up a guitar, I always thought, how those people know to play a guitar. It was a hard thing for me in my mind. When I was twenty years old, some friend of mine, to whom I’m very thankful, convinced me into the playing a guitar. He showed me four chords, that were G, e, C and D. With these four chords, I composed my first song. It’s not so bad, I thought. So, I said to myself, keep on learning. So I did. And from that moment and ’till now, I have composed over four hundred demo ideas. I can’t call them even demos, because they are really lo-fi quality. I record my music ideas with the phone, to not forget the melodies.
How did ‘Indian Summer’ come about?
Indian Summer is one of my first songs. It has simple structure built with only four chords — G, C, D and e7. Like I’ve said, those times, I knew only four chords. The song is about a couple who just broke up. She fell in love with the other guy, who is very rich. But her ex-boyfriend is trying to get her back at any cost. That is a true story, which happened to me in my personal life. So I wrote this simple song to encourage myself. I was so in love with that girl. I wanted her at any costs Today, if I look back in the past, I’m very thankful to her, because she gave me an inspiration for a melody and the lyrics. “Thank You!” And I don’t sing about the weather or season, like many . P.S.: An Indian summer is a period of great success late in someone’s life or career, often after a period of not being successful. A period of success or happiness near the end of somebody’s life.
What were the challenges of making ‘Indian Summer’?
I did Indian Summer with two friends of mine (Mark and Kristjan). One had played a guitar and a bass, and one had produced a song, etc…. I have everything about that process on my videos. It was very funny. I’m very thankful to both of Them. “Thank You!” We released that song, I think in the year 2010, but it didn’t get noticed from journalists or music critics or media at all in my country. So, I simply forgot about that song. But Indian Summer somehow got noticed on my Soundcloud channel by the world’s listeners, if I may say so. So, I’ve decided to re-released it via one distribution company worldwide in January 2019 on all big music platforms. And somehow people like that song. Which is very great, amazing, cool … Finally! People say, this is the best song from me, but I don’t think so. I think my demo ideas for Moment, Then You Say Goodbye and Lay Down are far much better than Indian Summer. From my point of view, of course. Everyone has own taste in music. And this has to be respected. We all are not the same. We have different tastes.
What are your plans for 2019?
My plans for 2019 are to record professionally some of my basic demo ideas into the songs. It won’t be easy, I know. There are a lot of amazing musicians! And it would be very awesome and amazing to get one record, music label. But everything is in God’s hands, if I may say so. I have plans, but the last word has always a God. And yes, in 2019 it would be awesome to have a lot of interviews like this is! At the end of this interview, I would like to personally say “Thank You for this interview!” and God bless You all!