Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My real name is Sara Daoud and I was born in the US, October 13th, 1988, Friday the 13th! My childhood experience was pretty awesome growing up in Reseda, CA until I was 5 and then moving to Malibu, CA. Malibu is a special place, like an island. The weather and geography is beautiful and I spent my time mostly playing sports and instruments, dancing, and speaking two languages. My parents are from Afghanistan and I heavily identify with my Afghan heritage and all the beautiful richness it has given me.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My music career really started when I was very young at about 8 years old. Because of my Afghan culture that is heavily based in the arts and music. I would constantly be exposed to live music at my house with tablas, harmonicas and Afghan-style singing. There were constantly parties at my house, or my parents would take us to large gatherings with family and friends, always celebrating life through music and poetry. I started playing violin and at age 8 and dancing and then eventually picking up piano. I then went onto musical theater and multiple dance teams.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

My genre is a bit of an original style mixed with some RnB-Soul flavors and some hip-hop vibes. The concept behind my video is really myself looking at a self that I yearn to be- one that is well-off, “happy and fat” with money, and flashy. I ultimately end up searching for the self that I’m yearning for, and end up going crazy and getting tired and defeated in my search for the money. I then slow down and feel the beauty of life as it is and reconnect with nature and my roots and become my true self at the end, which is depicted by the girl in all Afghan traditional tribal dress.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I am a very natural person who goes with the flow. Even in my music, if my lyrics and melodies don’t come out in the first-go of intuition, I often scratch the song or music. Rarely do I go back and edit a ton because I love the feeling of receiving the music as inspiration and intuition when it first comes. There is something special and original about the first interaction with a track. I have faced a lot of doubt and confusion in my music career because I was trained as an academic my whole life, graduating from Stanford with my BA and MA. During my college years, my intellectual side almost made me forgot that I had all the musical skills I grew-up with and it was training me to conform into a career in society. After college I went through a lot of “remembering” who I am and that took facing a lot of doubt and fears that were impinged upon by society and family and friends. Now, I’m more confident and in-tune with my skills and myself and ready to keep doing what I love.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The music video was shot by one of my best friend’s that I went to school with in Malibu. It’s quite beautiful we get to collaborate because we understand each other perfectly without having to try. She is a videographer and her passion is film and she is inspired by me and me by her so we just decided to collaborate.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I have been in the music industry for five years now and I’ve had a tough experience but I feel I’m built for this. I have unwavering determination and I believe in my talent and skills. My goal is to continue to improve in my songwriting and work with music that really captures the moods I’m trying to convey. My goal is to give people words and feelings they can marinate on, connect with, learn from and heal from. I also want to empower people with the freedom to be and move and would love to go on tour around the world and give to all cultures and people through dance and music.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

What inspires me to write and sing is the beauty and pain of life. My soul feels a lot of other worldliness often and it can’t help but express that through song and dance. My body is wired to move to music in an almost primal way and I believe it is a form of communication.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I think the secret behind a hit song is a little bit of familiarity mixed with originality. When those two are combined in a balance, I think that is what engages people to want to keep listening again and again.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I would like to tell my fans to feel themselves and let go!!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

I would tell an upcoming artist to meditate on who they are before they start making music. What do they want to say?

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I have released one other EP before “The Get By Life” entitled “Beloved”. A hit from that EP is called “L’Orange” and it has almost 8k plays on Soundcloud. Also, a song entitled “Otherside” from that EP was featured on a commercial. A track from “The Get By Life” entitled “Head Up”, which was just released is being featured on another commercial. I’ve also danced and appeared for other artist showcases and other commercials. I had the pleasure of opening for Jidenna at Stanford, since it is both our alma maters.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

I’d like to thank KRXM radio for featuring my track, as well as Str8OutDaDen blog, and DCTOP20 for showing interest. Also the A&R report for featuring articles on me and the burqasandbeer blog. Also, I’d like to thank TrueMVMNT for featuring my songs and choreography in commercials.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Like I mentioned earlier, I usually like my lyrics to come organic from my feeling when I hear a track for the first time. I come up with melodies first, usually the chorus and then go from there. I’m still trying to refine my studio recording process because I don’t enjoy feeling static in front of a mic. Sometimes, I rather just lay down haha!!

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Outkast, Erykah Badu, Michael Jackson, Aaliyah and Tupac.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I have collaborated with Jordan Pope who makes awesome music. In the future I’d love to collaborate with Miguel or Future, Erykah Badu haha.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

You can find all my music on iTunes. Also on www.soundcloud.com/saradaoudmusic.

My instagram and twitter is @saradaoudmusic !!

You can also check my music video out on Youtube.

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

The Get By Life EP:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-get-by-life-ep/1314593610?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Beloved EP:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beloved-ep/1315215073?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was when I was in Afghanistan in my father’s tribe’s province in the South and there were no cities and civilization, just pure gushing mountain water and mountains and sipping tea and eating melon with my peoples.

My saddest day was about three years ago when I was hit by a car while crossing the crosswalk. That morning I had just danced again in the studios at Stanford after healing from a year and a half of injuries and had just felt healthy again! That night when I was hit by a car it was devastating and put me out of dancing for three years and I was lying in bed most days depressed and angry. I don’t know if I’ll ever dance the same, so for me it was really sad because dance is my everything.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I truly had a million dollars, I would pay off my Stanford debt and my parents’ Stanford debt haha. And then I would help my family out and those who need it and then try to find the best healing for my injuries. Invest!


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