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Today we’d like to introduce you to Sage.

Sage, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Singing has always been my joy. I wanted to pick up a guitar, but I totally sucked at it… Eventually, I got a little better and began songwriting! In the last couple of years, I’ve been so inspired by all of my talented friends who are in local bands. So I decided that I should start one, too! Elijah (drummer), Kaitlyn (bassist), and Alec (lead guitarist) are all INCREDIBLY talented. I can walk into practice with a little tune I’ve been working on, and they just run with it and make it their own. We’ve been playing shows since the end of December 2018, so about six months now. And it has honestly been such a dream to share our music with everyone.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am the songwriter, singer, and composer of the rhythm guitar parts for our songs. Typically it starts with picking up my guitar and playing around with a few chords (I love the jazzy chords the most, so I use them frequently). Then melodies just start playing in my head, so I’ll hum them out. Once I’ve found the flow of the melody with the chords, I begin writing lyrics. Usually, it happens pretty naturally! But sometimes I get one really awesome verse going, and then I need to take a few weeks away from a song before I figure out how I want to complete it.

The inspiration stems from relationships with friends, partners, and family. My music is driven by the way I experience these dynamics – much of it is positive, or about growth, as well as about the tough times that can be difficult to get through. My main goal has always been to share my music with anyone who will listen. And my hope for those listeners is that they’ll hear a lyric, a song, or an album, where they resonate with something I’ve said and can take solace in knowing they are not alone.

The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I would say to reach out to the scene. A lot of the things I’m doing right now are with the help of the community. I typically post on our Instagram story to reach out for help with recording, artwork, and so forth. You’d be surprised to know that a lot of folks reach out to you on their own because they’re looking for experience to build a portfolio for themselves! So you can easily navigate better options monetarily by working with locals. Sometimes people will take photos for free, or make artwork samples for free. Saying hello to any artists you see at shows is the best way to begin networking. And networking is probably the biggest key.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
We are excited to announce that we will be recording THIS WEEK! Soon we’ll have our music on Spotify, but for now, we have a Bandcamp with some demo recordings. We also have our Instagram (@okaywhateverband) where I post updates on the band and upcoming shows. I always encourage showing support by going to the local band’s shows! There is nothing more euphoric than playing for a big crowd.

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Bottom Left: Carley from Creature Cultvre
Bottom Right: Jacob from Coast Red

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