INTERVIEW: Sinclair

Nashville-based artist Sinclair has been in town in LA this week for a bunch of songwriting sessions, meetings with her LA label  and of course, all the pre-Grammy parties. She's worked  with John Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, etc) and Nolan Sipe (Kelly Clarkson, The Jonas Brothers, etc)  for her debut EP, Sweet Talk, that came out last year and recently signed with Paradigm.

I got the wonderful chance to meet up with her at the Village Studios earlier this week for a quick chat.

photo by Shabnam Ferdowsi

photo by Shabnam Ferdowsi

BL: Describe your music for new listeners.

Sinclair: It's fun music with lyrics that are very honest and authentic. 

How has Nashville shaped your music?

Nashville has changed my perspective on storytelling. I've grown to value that more, as a listener and as a songwriter.  I still have a lot of the pop sensibilities, where I'm ok being a little abstract for the sake of feeling.  But I've also learned how amazing the experience of hearing a song with a powerful story can be. 

What's been your favorite show you've ever played so far?

My favorite show with my band was the second show we did with Better Than Ezra. It was our fourth show and it was amazing for a few reasons: the venue was amazing; their sound guy did our sound so it just felt really good on stage; and the crowd was giving such a good sense of feedback even thought hey didn't really know any of the songs. 

What's coming up for you in the next 6 months?

I'm playing SXSW, so we have several showcases there. And then the plan is to really get on the road soon. Meanwhile, I'm writing for a full-length, which is what's happening in these songwriting sessions this week. 

Fun Fact: I use crazy loop pedal technology when I play live with my [3-piece band]


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