Interview – Sharl

I recently checked out a couple of songs by Sharl, titled I Fell In Love & That Girl. I liked her sound a lot, so I wanted to find out more! Both songs can also be found at the end of this interview if you haven’t heard them yet.

By Jane Howkins

You recently released two tracks titled I Fell In Love & That Girl, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the songs?

I Fell in Love is the lead single from my album, City Lights, which comes out in August. It’s a song about having resilience through a bad relationship, finding a way out and learning and growing from that. I love the way it sounds, with the trap beats and production totally capturing the lyricism and feel of the song. I am so happy that it reached the semi-finals of the International Songwriting Competition. The music video for this song is currently in production and I can’t wait to share that too once it is ready!

That Girl is another personal favourite – it’s a song I wrote at the start of this year, after the album was finished. I think of it as a simple song melodically, but there’s actually a more complex meaning to it as there are two layers to the song: firstly the more obvious story in the lyrics, and then the reasoning behind the line “I don’t wanna be that girl” specifically, which is a nod to the That Girl trend on social media and rejection of that pressure.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

It hasn’t, if anything it really gave me the time and focus to throw myself into it! Living in Melbourne, the lockdown capital of the world, I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do most with my time and life, which was to focus on my art and create something meaningful.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I like to focus on recording one song at a time, and for the album I basically finalised the songwriting for the whole project before starting recording any of it. However, now I’m changing things up with my new material and experimenting more with my writing process. Whereas before, I tended to exclusively write at the piano, I’ve been doing some writing over loops which has been really fun and working well at the moment!

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes, there are a couple more singles coming out before the full album drops. The next one is Hanging On, on the 1st July.

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

My debut album City Lights is finished, and will be released in August. So keep an eye out on my social media for the details of the album release. I’m always writing new songs and so at the moment am planning to focus on some singles after the album as I’m enjoying that flexibility at the moment and am really loving the latest music too!

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

As an artist, the thing that influences me most is my life, thoughts experiences and environment. I’ve been trying to support other indie artists so I’ve been listening to playlists from blogs which I’ve been on and it’s great discovering lots of new sounds and artists from around the world.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

I’m based in Melbourne, and the music scene is great here! There’s lots of live music and plenty of emerging artists, so it’s inspiring to be a part of. I am definitely influenced by my surroundings too, the album City Lights is about my journey here, especially the title song which is a love letter to the city as much as the story in the song.

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you so much for your support! It means so much to me, I hope you’ll continue to enjoy being on this journey of music and life together!