Just a short time after releasing her insanely catchy new single “Plan A,” I got to chat with the talented Australia-born, Toronto-based singer/song writer, Sabrina Soares. We discussed the differences between the Australian music scene vs the Canadian music scene, Indie Week, current and upcoming project and her new single. We can expect big things in 2019 for Sabrina!
Tell me a bit about yourself, and how you got started in the music industry?
Born in Sydney, Australia…although strangely I don’t carry much of an Aussie accent (it’s what I’ve been told by many), I started singing Bossa Nova with my dad who played the guitar. It was on that same guitar I wrote my first song when I was 13 years old. A year later, I knew music was what I wanted to do so I self-taught myself to play and kept writing music as a way to express my inner thoughts and emotions. However, being a performer didn’t come easy to me at first because I was very introverted and shy. So, for several years I only wrote songs nonstop. Eventually, I found the courage through busking, then to performing at cafes and restaurants to finally being able to perform at music venues. I recorded my debut EP ‘Plan A’ and toured the record locally. After some success in Sydney, that’s when I started looking outwards and saw Toronto as my next destination.
For someone who has never heard your music before, how would you describe your sound?
I best describe my sound as rhythmical pop, singer-songwriter, R&B inspired. I always find this question a little tricky to answer just because I draw inspiration across many different styles and genres so I’m an open box. Listen to my music and you’ll understand.
How would you say the Australian music scene is vs. the Canadian music scene?
Being in Toronto for over a year now, and I can hands down say that Toronto has a buzzing live music scene, more than what I’ve found back in Sydney. In the summer time especially, there are a bunch of festivals and concerts going on every single day! In addition, Canada really supports their artists by providing opportunities like government funding (FACTOR, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, to name a few), and artist development groups like Honey Jam, The Remix Project, Canadian Music Incubator, and HXOUSE - It is because of these opportunities, that I came to Canada for my music career.
You had two amazing shows during Indie Week. How was the experience?
Indie Week was fun! Both showcases I performed at: B-side Lounge and The Painted Lady, had a great energy and I’m very grateful to have been a part of it this year. The conference was great too, allowing me the opportunity to network and learn more about the industry.
What projects are you working on right now, that you can share with us?
I’m currently songwriting, collaborating with other creatives and producing for my next record. I’m heavily influenced by R&B music, especially from the 90s, and this next record will reflect that sound which I’m very excited about. I’m also working hard to incorporate the use of technology and software like Ableton for my live shows.
Speaking of new projects, can you tell us about your new single “Plan A.” Can you tell me a bit about the process of how the song came to be?
I started writing ‘Plan A’ as a counter argument to my high school careers advisor who was more concerned about what back-up plan I had instead of my main goal to be a singer-songwriter/musician. After releasing the song, it’s been incredible to see how ‘Plan A’ has turned into this anthem for going for your dreams no matter what! Unlike the original version on my EP (also titled ‘Plan A’), I worked with my producer Josh Schuberth in Sydney, Australia on this band version which came together in one day!
Do you have a favourite spot in Toronto you like to see live music?
There are a bunch of great venues to go check out live music but my personal favourites are Rivoli, Mod Club Theatre, B-side Lounge, and Lula Lounge.
What social media platform do you find the best to connect with fans?
I’m active across all my social media platforms so connect away on any platform you choose (but I do obsess over Instagram)