Discuss your personality. 

Bubbly, determined, introverted and creative.

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Brief us about you as a musician.

As the daughter of two Muslim-Iranian immigrants, I believe that incorporating my culture and background into my music is an essential part of my art. My style is strongly influenced by traditional Persian music, and I can also speak, write and sing in my mother tongue of Farsi. I tend to mix my more traditional Persian style with my contemporary pop/R&B side to create a fusion of the two genres.

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Go into details on what have changed in your life for choosing music as a career. 

I have always wanted to be a musician for as long as I can remember, so there was never really a distinct time in my life in which I consciously decided to choose music as my career path.

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Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career. 

A career in music means getting to be your full, creative self, meeting and learning from amazing people, and using art to learn more about yourself. However, it also means opening yourself up for criticism, being in the public eye, and being prepared to lose money before you make money.

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Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist. 

If I ever get to be famous, I know that my family will keep me grounded. My family reminds me who I am and sees me for who I am.

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Elaborate on the story line of this song.

“Where Do You Go” is the second track of my self-titled EP, and I wrote in February 2016. I was in my second semester of college, and feeling very lost at the time. I wasn’t sure where I was headed, and I wasn’t feeling like I belonged anywhere. When I wrote the song, I was trying to describe the feeling of chasing an unknown thing, just hoping that it might get you somewhere that finally makes sense… only to realize that you’re just running in circles the whole time.

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Tell us means of connecting you and purchasing your music online. 

My music is available on the following platforms (as well as numerous other music platforms):

iTunes

Apple Music

Spotify

I am also available on:

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

YouTube

Soundcloud

Official Website (my CDs can be purchased here).

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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career. 

The greatest moment of my music career was probably when I released my debut single, “Darkness” on my 20th birthday.

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Discuss your experience pertaining live performances, gigs, shows and tours. 

I’ve been performing my whole life. Most recently, I performed a set of my original music and a cover on the Berklee Internet Radio Network as part of their segment “BIRN Alive,” and also held an EP Release Show at Black Forge Coffee House in Pittsburgh, PA on Jan. 4th, the day before the release of my debut EP.

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Tell us how you relate with your fans. 

I relate with my fans because I still haven’t fully “made it.” Everyday, I am constantly working and bettering myself because I know there is always room to improve. I’m still a student, I’m working as a music instructor to children, and I’m still figuring out who I am. I think my fans appreciate that although I don’t quite know where my path is going to lead me yet, I’m still enjoying the journey.

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Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time. 

If I had the chance to turn back time, I would tell my younger self not to be afraid to speak her mind and get what she wants.

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Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them. 

The most important people in my life who have helped me musically have been my professors, peers, and mentors. To them, I owe everything because they’ve inspired me, taught me, and supported me. One specific person I want to thank is my very first voice teacher, Jennie Kay Snyder. I was Jennie’s student for about 10 years. She taught me everything I now know about singing, and is still a huge supporter of me and my music.

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Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career. 

My older sister is a journalist, and I’ve always looked up to her and her writing. When I was younger, I thought I wanted to be an author, but later I discovered songwriting and fell in love with it. I’ve also always been extremely fascinated by space, and there was a solid year where I actually wanted to be an astronaut.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world.

Some artists that I am inspired by and feel have influenced the world are Googoosh, Farhad Mehrad, Michael Jackson, and Lauryn Hill.

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Tell us about your moment of rejections as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on. 

As a musician, you get used to hearing the word “no” a lot. I would be lying if I said that hearing the word “no” didn’t discourage me, but rather than allow it to occupy my mind and fill me with doubt, I try to change my perspective, and feel more motivated to work harder towards achieving my goals.

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Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music. 

I am a student at Berklee College of Music, so I willingly open up my music for scrutiny everyday. Although some comments may not be as constructive, it is important to think about all of the criticism you receive and genuinely try to apply it. However, if it isn’t very constructive, or if you simply do not agree with the comment, you have to remember that not everyone is going to like your music and there’s nothing you can do about that.

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Tell us how you plan to make an impact on the society. 

Growing up, I didn’t think that I could be a musician because there was nobody in mainstream media who looked like me, or had the same background as me. My main goal is to represent Muslims and Iranians in the music industry. I hope to be a source of inspiration for the young brown girl who wants to be a singer.

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Elaborate on the recording process of this song.

“Where Do You Go” and most of the other songs on my EP were recorded in the studio with a live band. It was engineered, recorded and mixed by Camila Acosta, and mastered by Will Gooding. The band comprised of Maya Lopez (keys), Oriana Aravena (guitar), AJ Lawrence (bass), Madden Klass (drums), and me, Sarah Khatami (vocals).


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