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Lloyd Pest Control Artist of the Week 5 26 13 SARA GROBAN
1) What was the first album you bought with your own money? My first EP that I paid for with my own money was my second EP called Noise in the Attic. I had saved up from my serving job and with the assistance of my brother's band and their studio, I was able to put together a short, but sweet EP.
2) What comes first – music or lyrics? Then what happens? Music first definitely. I've tried to do it the other way around because I write so much poetry in my down time, but it never seemed to match the music I would create. Mostly, I'll just mess around playing stuff until something clicks and I start to repeat the rhythm. Then, I just start randomly singing to it until I find something I like. It's great because the song writes itself. Not until all the lyrics are written do I actually know what the song is about.
3) What’s the one thing that listeners would never guess about you? I'm actually quite self conscious and tend to get nervous in front of people. I always feel a need to prove myself, which is probably why I'm able to pull myself together at the last minute.
4) If your fans had to write a sentence or two to describe your music, what would they write? 90s chick rock or a modern Stevie Nicks!
LIVE MUSIC: Girl music power, prime blues and a CD-release weekend party
Does the world need another girl with a guitar? The answer is yes, at least when it comes to a talent like Sara Groban. Appearing at Brick by Brick on May 16 as part of a battle of the bands, Groban has a nice way with a melody and a wonderful picking style that sets her miles apart from the typical coffeehouse fare. When she plays solo acoustic tunes, she’s good. For example, songs like “Promises” deserve a wider listen. But its when she plays with her band that things really light up. The bill also includes Locjaw and Tin Star, so no matter which band takes home the trophy, it’s the audience that are the clear winners.
• The Sara Groban Band: Thursday, May 16 at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 8 p.m. 21 and up. Free. www.brickbybrick.com
Check out my new feature in Pop Vulture Magazine! :) http://www.popvulturemag.com/2013/02/sara-groban.html "Recently I headlined at BayFair, which is the boat races in San Diego. I've opened for Michael Jackson's guitarist Jennifer Batten and Roni Lee of the Runaways. I performed on a bill with world renowned drummer Alvin Taylor, Roni North, and Ukulele Ray. I've gained the ability to love the process just as much as the results. I manage myself and each step higher I go with my career, the more motivated I feel for the future. "
popVLTR: You've been making moves in Palm Springs, how'd you get into music? SG: I originally grew up in Palm Springs, teaching myself how to play and write music. I was originally influenced by my brother Ehren Groban who continues to play and is actually touring Europe with his bands Waxy and War Drum. It wasn't until 2008 that I actually got into the studio at Grandmas Warehouse in LA to record my first EP Notes From Underground. Before and after this EP was a growing period where I discovered what music direction I needed to take. After learning from those with experience in the business and pitching it around Palm Springs to trusted resources, I found that working more towards pop rock would better suit my tastes and my style. This led to the new EP Noise in the Attic, which a radical change from the first EP, is a fresh new start.
popVLTR: Congrats on 'Noise in the Attic', who are some of your influences? SG: Thanks! During the making of this EP, I really sought out to pop artists such as A Fine Frenzy, Ellie Goulding, and Michelle Branch. I feel like I can relate to them on some level in regards to either their lyrics, instrumentation, or image. I really respect artists who can thrive in their own styles.
popVLTR: What are some of your proudest moments in music so far? SG: I would have to say that my journey has provided me with some very memorable moments. Some may appear small, but to me they're stepping stones that show the progress I have made. Recently I headlined at BayFair, which is the boat races in San Diego. I've opened for Michael Jackson's guitarist Jennifer Batten and Roni Lee of the Runaways. I performed on a bill with world renowned drummer Alvin Taylor, Roni North, and Ukulele Ray. I've gained the ability to love the process just as much as the results. I manage myself and each step higher I go with my career, the more motivated I feel for the future.
popVLTR: What cool stuff is on the horizon for Sara Groban? SG: I have many shows booked up until May with my most recent being at Brick by Brick in San Diego March 1st to open for 90s hit rock band Dada. In April I will be playing at the Hollywood Half Marathon Expo in LA and local shows around the San Diego area as well. By July, I hope to have a full-length album ready for release and a tour set up for 2014. I am very excited for the future!
Who’s Sara Groban?
I’m a 22 year-old independent singer-songwriter originally from Palm Desert, CA. I started playing guitar and writing my own material when I was 13 years old. I recently released my second EP, “Noise in the Attic”. This EP was a turning point in myself as an indie artist because I focused a lot on pop influences and experimenting with different sounds.
How you got started in the music scene?
I always felt like there was a process to finish before I ever stepped foot in the music scene. The most important things were to write material, record it, and promote. I found getting familiar with social networking sites to really provide me with a basis for outside booking inquiries. I would email performance venues with my music links and if they liked it, I got a gig. From there, people start to know who you are.
What are your music influences?
I started playing guitar because my older brother started playing around the time I was in 8th grade. He is an incredible guitarist and like always, I wanted to follow in my brother’s footsteps. After witnessing Josh’s success, I felt more confident that I could consider music as a profession.
“Noise in the Attic”. How was the recording and writing process for this record? How you came out with the album’s name?
“Noise in the Attic” was a fun and sporadic process. It was fun and exciting being in the studio and taking long breaks at the pool. Robbie Waldman produced it. He’s a member of my brother’s psychedelic rock band called War Drum. It was interesting how we were able to piece together the EP with such opposite musical influences. The title “Noise in the Attic” evolved from a long list of album titles. I wanted something unique that held many symbolic meanings relevant to my life. Attics hold old secrets buried within that still resonate a presence among their surroundings. It’s still and isolated from the house, but it exists. The noise is my thoughts and the attic is my head. It’s a disturbance of thought or a violent awakening to a new beginning.
Are there any plans for the near future?
I am currently living in La Jolla now, so I have begun to play shows around the area. My most recent show coming up will be this Friday August 10th at The Jumping Turtle in San Marcos, CA. I will be playing with a full band among many great musicians such as Roni Lee from The Runaways. The show starts at 8:00pm and is 21 and over. The cover is five dollars.
What has been the funniest moment you have been or took part while touring?
The funniest moment was when I played a show in San Diego where I performed 2 sets. I played three songs during dinner and then three songs about 2 hours later. During the first set, an Australian vacationer was engaging with me on stage telling me how much he liked my music and encouraged me to play more. During the second set, and after he downed a couple shots of whiskey, which I found out about after I got off stage, the Australian vacationer proceeded to tell me I was the worst he had ever heard. He yelled at me on stage saying that I had a long way to go. It was the craziest change up. I don’t think I’ve ever stared down someone so hard or played so loud on purpose. It was hilarious.
Do you feel you are moving on the right direction?
I feel like I am making progress. I just recently started practicing with a backing band that will be playing with me at all my future shows. I hope to tour by next year. I’m learning to enjoy the process and stay focused. Music is my passion and I think it’d be a shame if I had to force myself to do anything else.
"Sara Groban Has a Big Name, Bigger Songs"
MadeLoud Music Site: http://www.madeloud.com/articles/artist-profile/sara-groban-has-big-name-bigger-songs
By Adam_Schragin on Apr 11, 2012 at 6:30pm
"Groban...Groban..." you might be thinking. "That name sounds familiar...oh well!" And then you eat a Kit Kat because why not. But wait! Sara Groban does, in fact, share a lineage with the world-famous Josh Groban. They are cousins.
You know Josh Groban! He had a good bit part on The Office not that long ago, and people love his voice.
But we're not talking about Josh now, we're talking about Sara. Ms. Groban's debut EP is entitled Noise in the Attic. Describing it, her page says it's "a compilation of songs that represent snippets of her life whether they be melancholy or joyous...". Her lead single is called "Lighting Bolt."
It's a song that's notably faster-moving and more rock-oriented than her cousin's music, but it's not like there's any special rule that says you have to sound like your famous family members. The song is thankfully a little under-produced, and has enough sound via a full band and Groban's voice without sounding overdone or too radio ready. The catchy chorus is also going to stick with you after a few listens.
Thanks for joining the site, Sara, and let us know what you're up to next!
Check out this awesome feature in Andy Roque's music blog! :)
"Hot on the Ears: Sara Groban "Lightning Bolt"
First, yes she's related to Josh. Now that we got that out of the way, she's fully talented and enjoyable as an artist in her own right. In Lightning Bolt, she keeps studio production to a minimum and lets the details of her voice do the work. The song chugs along at a nice pace and features some neat lyrics too. Check it out!"
Here is an album review done by I Am Entertainment Magazine for my new EP "Noise in the Attic".
Lyrics - 3.0 || Music - 3.5 || Vocals - 3.25 Web: www.Facebook.com/SaraGrobanMusic Location: Palm Desert, CA Genre: Pop/Rock Key Tracks: Colorblind
Get ready for the new and improved Sara Groban! We first reviewed Sara's music in July 2011 on her indie folk project, Notes From Underground. But this time around, Sara's mixing things up a bit and going with a more mainstream Pop/Rock sound on her new 3 song EP titled, NOISE IN THE ATTIC.
Sara Groban is in a small group of female pop-rock singers in the DIY movement who are digging back to when female pop-rock artists like Cyndi Lauper and The Bangles were topping the charts. Tapping into the 80's sound and fusing it with what's hot in 2012 is a smart move that I believe will pay off for Sara in the long term.
PROS In a time when the pop-rock genre has become watered down and cliche, songs like COLORBLIND make Sara an asset to the revamping of this once dominant genre. I like the music production better on this particular release by Sara because it's got a little more moxy and is a bit more polished than her previous project. In addition, Sara's vocal performance has gotten better, which means she is honing her craft and growing as a singer.
CONS I'd recommend working with a producer who understands vocal production and can bring out what I know Sara is capable of. Also, I felt that the songwriting could have been a bit more poetic and less cut-and-dried, an area that will improve as Sara continues to write.
Overall, for a project produced on a shoestring budget, NOISE IN THE ATTIC is a major step in the right direction for Sara Groban and I think she's found the genre that best suits her singing voice.
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