You used to hear a lot of lady rockers with big voices on radio. You don't hear so many these days even in the land of indies. I remember quite well when Sabrina Fallah came to IMP, I listened to one song after another and her material was all powerful, it took me awhile to decide which song to feature because they were all really good. We eventually decided on Kiss Is A Killer because of the imagery, and the song has spent a number of weeks in the top 10 of the Kayak Big 25. As you get older in life you don't think about kissing as much as you did in your youth. It's something where the dream is often as powerful as the actual experience. But the kiss is always alive on the big screen and even on the TV screen. Teenagers ponder and agonize over who is kissing who on their favorite shows, you see this on Twitter every day. When Jughead and Betty kissed on the show Riverdale, it was pretty much the kiss heard 'round the world. Sabrina's song is powerful, you feel youth surging thru you when you listen. What are the factors that bring a woman to the point where she rocks like this? This is what I sought to find out in this interview. Sabrina has a powerful spirit, one gets the thought that nothing is going to get in the way of her attaining whatever status she chooses to achieve in the world of rock.
Scott: Okay, is your real name Sabrina Fallah and what's your background in music starting from when you were 3 years old to now?
Sabrina: My birth name is Sabrina Fallah. When I was a baby, I was always humming tunes before I could even talk. My father used to always sing to me when I was young, especially when he was putting me to bed. My father used to be in a band. He has a nice voice and likes to sing all the time. Who knows, maybe I got my voice from him. I have been into music my entire life.
Scott: I see from your page at IMP that you do live shows, what was your biggest and most memorable gig thus far?
Sabrina: Honestly, I have enjoyed every single one of my shows.
Scott: Okay, one of your records was produced by a guy who also produced Led Zeppelin? Who is it, what was it like working with him, and how did you go about getting him to produce you?
Sabrina: The producer you are talking about is Stuart Epps. I was in my Producers class in college and Stuart, through Skype/video chat, gave a lecture to the class about the music business and himself. He asked the class some questions like "who writes music", "who plays an instrument", etc. I raised my hand up a couple of times. I didn't know he could see me, since I was sitting in the corner of the room. He then asked my teacher if he could talk to me. We had a wonderful chat and then he asked if he could hear some of my music. I then got his contact information from my teacher and forwarded a few of the songs I had already recorded. Stuart expressed an interest to work with me and that is how we got to work together to record my record, which became my EP "Sabrina Fallah". Stuart and the band he provided for my record were amazing to work with. They made me feel at home and very comfortable right away. I would love to work with them again.
Scott: Tell us about your backing players on your various records that have been released. Is there one set band or do you improvise each time?
Sabrina: When I make a record the producer provides a band for me. I am a solo artist and don't have a permanent band.
Scott: Why do you think, looking at the annals of rock, that percentage-wise there are so few hard rocking women artists compared to men? and what influences are most responsible for pulling you in that direction?
Sabrina: I am sure there are a lot of talented female rock singers out there, but they aren't getting the exposure that they deserve. Green Day is the band that got me into rock music. When I heard their "American Idiot" album, that was when I knew I wanted to be a rock singer.
Scott: I really liked your song All or Nothing. Is this based on a real philosophy? If so can you tell us about the kind of things you're all or nothing about in real time?
Sabrina: In real life I believe that you have to be committed, work hard and to put your heart completely in it to achieve your goals in life.
Scott: Usually hard rocking women lead a hard rock lifestyle, do you? I notice no tattoos, facially you look clean cut in a way, does rock and roll run thru your veins?
Sabrina: Rock & Roll is in my heart and soul. I don't have tattoos or piercings, but I love wearing a lot of black and makeup when I go on stage. By hard rock lifestyle, if you mean drinking and partying, no I don't do that.
Scott: Okay, this next question is straight-forward, about the elephant in the room. I noticed looking at your videos that on at least one of them you're fairly overweight though not so much on others. Has this ever been a direct obstacle for you as in did anybody note this as a reason for rejecting your efforts to climb in the industry? Does it affect your psyche in regards to your career? What other ways has being a woman been a factor do you believe?
Sabrina: Being a women in the rock genre has been challenging. Regarding stage presence, I have been told and I am aware that I need to be fit.
Scott: Listening to your song Hurt, did that actually happen, you sitting on the floor above the boulevard? Are you happy with your social life? Has being an artist helped or detached you further?
Sabrina: My song "Hurt" is about people who were never there for you and they only cared about themselves. I work very hard on my music and that occupies a lot of my time and as a result, I have had to sacrifice certain things in my life.
Scott: Tell us about your songwriting method, I see you collab some, how does that compare to when you're doing it all yourself? Do you remember when you wrote your first song and what was it?
Sabrina: I have been writing stories and poetry since the 4th grade and then started writing lyrics. I can't remember the first song I ever wrote, but the first songs I ever recorded were called "Don't Go", "Why Did This Happen To Me", etc. I love writing myself, but enjoy collaborating as well. When you write with another songwriter and express your ideas to each other, you never know what amazing lyrics will come out.
Scott: I ask this question to all Spotlight interviewers. Have you ever had any experiences of high strangeness like UFOs or the supernatural (ghosts, etc)
Sabrina: No I haven't, but it is cool if someone has.
Scott: I note that you're a fairly ambitious artist, how hard is it to get your name out there these days? Do you feel at times like you're not doing as well as the quality of your music deserves? What is the current status of your indie dream?
Sabrina: It is very hard to get your name out these days, but having social media on the internet is a great tool to use. My dream is for my music to be heard worldwide.
Scott: If you heard a great band who were struggling in the indie scene, what advice would you give them?
Sabrina: Keep doing what you love! Never give up!