Interview with Sharnar
New Zealand Sharnar released her debut single Alive on 31 March this year. It felt like it was the culmination of years of hard work, having first been discovered at a high school event when she was just 15. This young lady knows what she wants and that is to sing – that she does with her smoky vocals, heartfelt lyrics and soulful grooves. Recently Sharnar had a chat with AMNplify about the new single and so much more – check it out below!
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?
According to my Mum, I was actually severely average at singing as a kid; haha. I loved singing so much that I sang until I could.
I would watch musicals, Disney movies, C4, listen to Dad’s old school tapes and feel the music right through me. Whip my hair brush out and try and put on a show for everyone. I don’t think I could ever settle trying to pursue anything else than music.
I always loved listening to the stories hidden in the lyrics of songs on the radio. I wanted to be able to do that too.
How would you best describe your sound?
True, unique, captivating.
True – to who I am. I won’t sing something I don’t feel is convincing. I write to create a story. I sing to share how I feel or felt.
Unique – I feel every ones voice has something unique in it. My unique thing being, that as an individual I feel have been through a fair share for a 21 year old. I feel like I carry that in my voice.
Captivating – My sound is crafted to make you shut your eyes and listen to the little things. I imagine singing to someone as if I’m telling them a story. I want it to make emotions brew in them; whether it’s a romantic song or an angry song.
What are your musical influences?
India Arie, Jhene Aiko, Kendrick, Kehlani, Billy Joel, BANKS.
People who I feel speak their truths through their lyrics. I could listen to their songs over and over and it feels brand new every time.
What is the inspiration behind Alive?
The inspiration behind Alive as I was writing it was finding someone in a dark time that just makes you feel good!
They literally make you feel alive in the most extravagant sense of the word and you do for them too. It’s about taking control, being sassy, and being yourself.
What inspires your song writing?
Every time something significant happens in my life I write about it.
Sometimes I get way to deep in thought about the most random things. For example, I wrote a whole song about how the only thing at the beach that had seen everything over and over was the wind. I don’t even know where I was going with it but I was super passionate about those lyrics as I wrote them ha-ha.
Sometimes I write about other peoples’ experiences. I am a really empathetic person so… if something really sad happens I can write about it as if it was my heart just broken.
What makes you different to other similar sounding artists?
I am not afraid of being myself.
I am weird, I am quirky sometimes nerdy, I am humble, I am sassy, I am scared, I am real.
I am a normal girl that was born in Australia but grew up in Auckland who is not afraid of being the odd one out. I never hide that when I sing. I never hide when I write.
What would you be doing if you weren’t involved in music?
Probably going crazy somewhere, haha.
What has been your most memorable career highlight to date?
When I was in my first year of high school, I performed for the first time in front of someone other than my Mum.
Haha, you’re probably thinking “this is not a career highlight.”
To me it totally was. I was probably the most nervous I have ever been. I was 15; my music crept out. I almost forgot my words. Somehow I managed to fluke my way through the whole song without passing out. That day taught me how bad I wanted to pursue music.
The feeling I got that day pushed me to persevere for 6 years.
Now I’m here at the very start of the career I’ve wanted my whole life.
What is something you would like to achieve career-wise that you haven’t done yet?
I want to perform around the world.
Perform at Coachella, tomorrow land, Iceland airwaves. I want to write with Kendrick and Kehlani.
I could honestly go on forever. The world is so big it would take a life time to tick off my bucket list.
If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would perform at the radio city music hall in New York. I love old school music and Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles are two amazing old school artists. They have performed there before. I want to see a crowd he way they have before. They are both legends. So are all the other people who have walked the stage there.
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- Maggie Sapet