[EXCLUSIVE] Sabrina Claudio Talks Finding Her Passion For Music And The Importance Of Vulnerability
For some, their love for music came out of passion from the get go. But for Sabrina Claudio, it was different. Music was one of her many passions, but she never took it seriously until she decided to give YouTube a try. “I started posting covers and from all the positive feedback I was getting I took it more seriously,” she explained when #TeamCLEO spoke to her on the phone. Once she experienced what it’s like to be in a studio, create and write her own music; she found her passion and delved deeper and deeper into music.
And we’re so glad she did. Her voice teeters between the lines of smooth and sultry; it keeps pulling you in, making you feel everything. Sabrina admits that she’s an introvert in real life—using music as means to express how she’s truly feeling.
Listening to Sabrina’s discography will take you on a ride of emotions– the vulnerability in her voice is clear. “I find that being vulnerable is important- not just for the sake of expressing something but also to show that I’m not afraid to get emotional. Even if it’s for somebody else’s story.” She admits she likes being the vessel for others and the only way to be that is showing that side, “Not everybody has the capability of expressing themselves in that way so I just find it a little easier for me to open up when I’m writing music.”
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With how personal her songs can be one might think that she takes inspiration from things that has happened to her but that’s not usually the case. “Before I started working with songwriters, I used to write all of my songs about conversations that I’ve had with people in my life that has gone through things- whether it’s relationships or just life experiences.”
There’s no method to her song writing process either, “it really just depends on the day”. When she’s in the studio, it depends on who’s in the room and who she’s working with.” Is there sunlight? Or lack of it? It really depends on the day. I mainly get inspired by whatever it is we’re creating in the moment. I never go into my sessions knowing what I’m going to write about. No restrictions, no limitations it just has to be the right day with the right people and the right vibe.”
Her sound has evolved throughout the years, the Confidently Lost EP was filled R&B numbers of an artist finding her voice, About Time showed her mature side and No Rain No Flowers tapped into her vulnerability. “I just keep growing as an individual, a woman and an artist. My influences change, my inspiration changes, my mood and experiences changes so it all kind of falls back into what I create. My music expresses what I go through and what I am in that particulate moment in time.”
“I think the most important thing about my music is that everybody who listens to it has a different way of relating to it. Like ‘Belong To You’, I wrote it as a message to myself but when people listen to it, they feel it in a sense of a relationship or something they’ve gone through. I just want people to be able to listen to my music to relate and heal from it in their own way.”
Although she takes inspiration from her surroundings, Sabrina says that No Rain, No Flowers was extremely personal to her. “It was a project where I kind of just sat by myself and my producer and created it on our own. I can truly say that it was written from personal experience.” Sabrina went on to explain that it was a moment in her life where she felt that being vulnerable was important to her to heal (she had gotten into a little scandal just months before) and it was also important for her to show that side to people who support her and listen to her music.
“It was a little difficult and performing some of the songs gets pretty emotional because I remember how I felt when I was writing the music,” she adds, “But at the same time it was an easier process than usual because I felt like I was spilling my heart out. It came so easily and quickly, and ‘No Rain, No Flowers’ took a month or two which is way faster than all my other projects.”
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With a growing discography, we couldn’t help but wonder if Sabrina has a song that she favours the most. “I think ‘Confidently Lost’ will always be my favourite song that I’ve written and it’s also my favourite song to perform,” she says, “because the song means the most to me. It was written when I first moved out to LA and it was the first time after a couple years of being manipulated to being somebody else. I felt like I had a brand new start, a new start.”
“I just remember where I was in my life when I wrote ‘Confidently Lost’ and it’s a memory I always want to keep.”
“There are no artists in particular, I don’t normally try to idolise specific people just because I have a fear or somehow unintentionally copying them,” she answers when we asked if there are any artists that have influenced her music, “But I do listen to different artists, music and genres and every single piece has influenced my music. It’s years and years of listening to different types of music that moulded who I am.”
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Sabrina will be performing at Good Vibes Festival, making it the first time she’s set foot in Malaysia. “I am super excited. I have not been out of North America or Canada so this will be my first time in Asia,” she exclaims, and you can feel her excitement through the phone. For her performance at Good Vibes, expect minimal production with maximum vocals. “I want the focus to be on the live music and the live vocals so expect great vocals, great music and great vibes. I just want everybody to be present and in the moment, no distractions.”
“Well, funny you asked,” she laughs, when asked if we’re getting new music any time soon, “I’m currently working on finishing it up, hopefully by the next month but this year for sure! I just want it to be perfect so I don’t want to rush anything. But don’t tell anybody!”
Watch Sabrina Claudio play a round of ‘Sing That Word’