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Interview: Sarah Williams White

It is a well-known fact (as brilliantly pointed out by Gob and Franklin from Arrested Development) that life is really not that easy. It’s all too common to hear, borderlining on the clichéd but with good reason, that one’s self awareness of how ostensibly good they are with regards to a certain talent they might have is at odd-ends with translating that talent so that, firstly, people can understand it and, secondly, so they can celebrate it. Here in London, pop culture is more or less unavoidable. And right now, a lot of what comprises people’s perceptions of pop-music culture includes names and images like Lana Del Rey‘s, Adele’s, Rihanna‘s and probably a million other lady songstresses that we’re seriously too tired to even recollect at this point, and generally we feel quite justified in saying that there is an element of soulful-sexiness underpinning the presentation of most, if not all, of the aforementioned. So how does one propose to strive for the same levels of pop culture significance – a status that we’re even more justified in thinking that South London’s Sarah Williams White could very well fulfil in the not-so-distant future – whilst running the proverbial gauntlet with a sound that’s more akin to Roots Manuva than Beyonce? The answer right now seems quite simple, with the added benefit of retrospect having seen this gal’s music crop up on blogs to make a deep impact with Amazing Radio, 6 Music, Radio 1 and beyond in little under a year, which is to just be really, really fucking good at writing unusually-structured pop songs – and Sarah, if you’re reading this, we’re real sorry we forgot to pop the latest track up in February like we said we would, but to be fair you were one of about five people who emailed us over the Christmas holidays and by gum we had a lot to drink in between those two points. Anyway. Recent happenings, other than the above which should be impressive enough in its own right, have included our own Strangers frigging with this lady’s track on the remix front, as well as a second single proper being announced for impact on 16th April (which sounds familiar). Did we want answers? You’re goddamn right we did.

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Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?

Greetings reader, I’m Sarah Williams White of South Londinium and I like to make music.

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Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?

That’s a hard one, 2010 was better than 2011. Jamie Lidell’s Compass and Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part Two both seriously rocked my core. Actually… my big bro released his Rapping With Paul White LP last summer! Dang. He usually does instrumental productions but this one features Detroit rapper Guilty Simpson, Jehst, Tranquill and more (on One Handed Music). You need to check this! His music transports you and can be so cinematic and dark then he’ll flip it up with his funny crazy shit. We’re starting to collaborate now too finally which is really exciting, so watch this space!

KM: We see what you’ve done here. You’ve just gone ahead and ignored the temporal restrictions we specifically placed in relation to the question, and then just went ahead and started plugging your big bro’s shit. Well, fine. FINE. HERE’S YA VIDEO.

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Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?

D’Angelo at Brixton academy. The raw soulful energy he brings to the stage is heavy. Imagine if James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Prince were all rolled into one being! And his live thing has got rockier and more experimental. Best was when he started reeling off all his classic songs solo on what I think was this old yamaha cp80 electric baby… damn.

KM: Great choice. Also thanks for pointing out the error of our ways, in that for some reason we’ve been convinced that D’Angelo was the main guy in Cool Runnings (which of course we’ve been going around telling certain people). We’ve also just realised that the reason for that is because the character in questions is called Derees, which sounds a bit like our guy. Anyway, this has been really enlightening.

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If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?

I would moon the sun and get a tan.

KM: We reckon we’ve had that one before. Good effort though. Here’s your reward.

You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?

Golden Lady by Stevie Wonder.

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Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?

Killing In The Name Of makes me nostalgic, had it on tape when I was 7.

If I Smile At You is released on 16th April 2012.

Thanks to Chris @ Theo PR.


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