Sarah Schonert Creates Music Reflecting Art with Queen of Panels

 

Everything that I experience in creating my art has been vocalized. It’s an experimental piece that adds a new level of energy to my work as an artist.

Live interview
Episode #552: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://tobtr.com/10470031

Jacqueline Jax logo photoInterview by Jacqueline Jax
host of A.V.A Live Radio

Interviewing: Sarah Schonert

Song: Queen of Panels

Music Genre: Indie-pop / Eclectic-Electronic
This song is about having a second (maybe third?) life in art. I’m a painter as well as a music artist so of coarse I draw from my own experiences when I create. Everything that I experience in creating my art has been vocalized. It’s an experimental piece that adds a new level of energy to my work as an artist.

 

Link to play:: http://sarahschonert.bandcamp.com/track/queen-of-panels

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My music is..
an outlet for new ideas. While I have classical piano training and experience in theater, I derive the most joy out of experimenting with blending genres, technology, and creating sounds.

Queen of Panels is from my most recent LP “Penguin Party.” It’s highly representative of the energy and experimental looping that is a thread through much of this album and where I would like to take my music.

I write, record, and produce in my home studio using a versatile keyboard (Numa Stage), Boss RC-202 looper, Seaboard, and software. For other projects I also use vintage keyboards, guitars, vintage amps, and various pedals. I lean heavily on software to create custom synths for recorded works.

I don’t get much sleep, honestly. When I’m in the middle of a project I am often up very late while having to go to work in the morning. I use weekends and evenings as best I can. I’m an engineer and it spills into my art, but in art and music I can drive in my own direction.

 

What piece of music advice forever changed your way of thinking?
A local guy told me to not try to “sing pretty.” He was trying to get me to relax my vocals. It really helped me to inject emotion into my recordings. Turns out there’s much more to singing than producing a sound, you have to get the voice to express the emotion and you can’t let the mechanics or your head get in the way. It’s a work in progress.

I live in…
Peoria, IL. The music scene is a little bit eclectic but more geared towards covers and country / classic rock. Music and art blend in spaces such as First Friday’s and the Contemporary Arts Center.

Website & social media links:
http://www.sarahschonertmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/SSchonertPianoGirl/
https://twitter.com/SarahSchonert?s=17

 

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