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Q&A with Sarah Blasko

As a multi-award winning and established artist in Australia’s music scene, you could be mistaken for thinking that Sarah Blasko has been rocking it solo for years – however Territorians are in for a special treat as Blasko brings her first completely unaccompanied performance to Darwin as a part of her The Soloist Tour. 

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Returning to the Top End with her much loved indie pop and rock stylings, Off The Leash caught up with the artist ahead of her visit to talk about what drove her to go it alone this time around.

You played a great concert last year for Darwin Festival. Are you looking forward to coming back to the NT?
Yes, I’ve had so many memorable shows in Darwin and I know a few great people that live up there too. I enjoy the energy of the crowd, much less reserved than city audiences and I loved the beautiful lanterns in the gardens of the Amphitheatre at Darwin Festival.

How do you feel your music has changed or developed since your first solo album in 2004?
It’s a difficult question to answer in many respects – in the same way that it can be difficult to assess how you’ve changed as a person over many years. But I do feel like I’ve found my voice. When I listen back to that first album, I hear someone trying to establish her identity, but I think now there is a certainty in my voice.

This will be your first time performing without a band on tour. Why did you decide to do this?
At this point in my life and career I’m keen to reignite the fire in my belly and I thought a dose of removing myself from my comfort zone would be a great tonic. It’s also something special that no one has seen me do before – a chance to reconnect with my audience – and a couple of friends have been trying to convince me to do this for a while so I felt I owed it to them. 

What do you think it will be like for you?
I think I’m going to love the experience and feel energised by it – but I think it will be quite nerve wracking too!

What can the audience expect? 
A very intimate show, beautiful and simple. I’ll be playing a whole range of music from all of my albums including songs I haven’t played for a long time – drama, intrigue!

Visit our Facebook page for your chance to win a double pass to Blasko's Darwin show. Entries close Tue 16 May, 5pm.

See the event listing. 

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