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After her recent release of her single ‘Holding The Gun’, it doesn’t look like Sabrina Claudio is slowing down anytime soon. Surprising fans with an impromptu drop this week of a new song, titled ‘On My Shoulders’, the record is an embodiment of Sabrina herself: sensual, strong and seductive.
As she soon embarks on her Truth Is tour, Marie Claire Malaysia had the opportunity to speak to her whilst she was in Malaysia for Good Vibes Festival 2019! Good Vibes Festival being her very first performance outside of the US, find out about her experience, pre-show rituals and what her inspires her most when she’s writing music.
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When looking back on your music journey from SoundCloud to a newly rising musician in the market now, how do you personally describe the journey?
Sabrina: I listen back to my first project and I’m like wow, I changed so much in such a short amount of time and it’s just because I’m only 22 and I’m growing as an artist, but also growing as a woman and so my music has just evolved so quickly. I think I’ve just gone a lot more comfortable with expressing myself in ways I didn’t think I could in the past, so I think you can definitely hear that vulnerability in the music.
Was it a struggle to find the perfect direction for your music?
Sabrina: Yes, actually it took me about 4 years to establish my sound. I always knew what sound I wanted. I always knew who I was, but I was never confident enough to go for that and so when I moved to Los Angeles when I was 18 years old, I said “you know what, if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work, but at least I’m being true to myself”. So yeah, it took me a good amount of years, but I finally got it, I think.
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So what do we expect to see from your performance this time, since it’s your first time in Kuala Lumpur?
Sabrina: Well, I have a completely live performance. I try to make every show as intimate as possible whether there is 5 people or 5000 people because I think that’s what my music expresses and I want everybody to be able to feel like it’s just me and them in the room. I think that’s the more important thing to expect from the performance. It’s just a super intimate conversation between myself and the audience.
Do you ever find yourself lost in your own thoughts while writing songs?
Sabrina: Oh, all the time. I get lost a lot of the time, sometimes in a good way, but a lot of times, I overthink about what I’m writing because I just want to make sure that whatever story I’m telling is gonna be able to heal somebody in some certain way. Because it’s just me writing and I’m in my own head, I’m like, ‘This isn’t good enough’ so it takes a minute for me to finalize a song. But it’s all fun, you know, the creative process is just fun for me. So whether it’s good or bad, it makes a great song.
Are there any pre-stage rituals, or things that you do that you must do before a performance?
Sabrina: I think the only thing I do that I definitely have to do is say a very silent prayer in my head. And I just ask for good energy and if there’s any mess-ups to please allow us to handle it with grace. I just do a really silent, quick prayer and I’m like, you know, whatever happens, happens. I’m gonna go and have fun. But nothing like specific, specific that I have to do other than that.
You’ve became an inspiration to women all over the world. What do you think is your main essence for empowering women?
Sabrina: I think, for me, being a person who kinda grew up being extremely insecure, to be able to write music and to just be that female that other woman can look up to and get inspired from is something that I honestly never thought would be possible. And I am able to accomplish that just by me opening myself up and so I find it an honour to be able to do that. I find it kind of crazy that people even consider me an inspiration, so yeah it’s just a blessing. Everything about it is a blessing.
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What is your favourite song that you’ve written and what is your favourite song to perform?
Sabrina: You know what, my all time favourite song that I’ve written is ‘Confidently Lost’. Very cliche of me to say, but it is, just because it was the first song I wrote as an independent artist. As an artist that started writing my own things, it was the very first song I wrote and till this day, it’s completely relatable to me and my story and my everyday life. When I sing it and hear people sing it back, it’s like we’re all in this little world of being confidently lost and it’s great.