Interview with Walk off The Earth’s Sarah Blackwood

Author’s note: This article is appearing on my blog Canadian Tapped Promotions as a Throw Back Thursday to Canada Music Week in May 2014. Special thanks go out to Sarah Blackwood and The Kingston-Whig Standard.

Being a musician has been the reality for vocalist and instrumentalist, Sarah Blackwood. Since 2008 a band of friends who had been previously involved with other musical projects created Walk off The Earth originally from Burlington Ontario.

Speaking with me via phone after a scheduling difficulty was vocalist and instrumentalist, Sarah Blackwood. She also had a very vocal and happy Giorgio Michael, her son with fellow band member Gianni Luminati who had just woken up from his nap.

Performing at the Radio Music Awards at Canadian Music Week on May 7th in Toronto, Sarah described their stage show has two distinct varieties; “For us we try and make it not differ and have a production show where we can. We go all out and make each performance as exciting and intense as we can to make even more of an impact!”

Talking about Canadian Music Week, Sarah expressed excitement for performing in Toronto and said it “it’s the duty of fans to come and support the music that is surrounding them. Canada is on the radar more and more, and with more support we can only get bigger.”

Talking on the balancing act of mother hood and touring musician, Sarah described it as, “amazing!” it’s definitely the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, being a mom and in a touring band. But we always have a positive attitude about everything and are happy. It all turns out.”

When asked about Walk off The Earth’s unique sound that seems to be under constant evolution, Sarah explained, “No our sound is never solid, it’s always changing, we wish people would do it more often with their music.”

Expanding further on how she feels that some bands limit themselves by not experimenting with different elements of music or playing with the bands’ sound. She outlined that Walk off The Earth is very open to experimentation. “We try to touch every avenue, and sometimes our label loves us and hates us for it.”

Writing process is starts with a collaborative effort between Johnny, Marshall and Sarah. “We are very open to bringing people in”. Sarah said, “We usually have multiple people writing on the songs and we want to work with many people because there are many creative people out there and we want to make the best songs ever!”

Musing about dream collaborations Sarah was quick to answer, “Freddy Mercury if he was still here, there are many people we would love to work with. Tim Armstrong is a great inspiration and we almost connected with him on our last trip to L.A. Lady Gaga. There are a lot of talented writers out there, you have to research who is out there”.

Keeping things light on tour can sometimes be a challenge as all musicians spend countless hours on the road traveling, Sarah let us in on how Walk Off The Earth likes to keep fit and have fun on tour. “We are very health conscious, we play soccer, play sports, go for jogs, do yoga and crazy aerobics while back stage so we can stay healthy to keep doing what we love to do.”

They understand that in order to keep up the demanding schedules and sometimes unpredictable “we want to do this for a living meaning, we want to live while doing it”

Talking about Walk off The Earth’s current album R.E.V.O, released October 29th, 2012, Sarah shared a story behind the title track. “it’s about the whirlwind experience of signing with a major label and wondering if we made the right choice, and all the emotions of that song came from our hearts”.

Closing out the interview with a fun question, musing about what superpower would help her out as a musician. Laughing Sarah said if she had the ability to read minds would be awesome, but would love the ability to fly as it would be very useful.

My Canadian Music Week round up can be found here.


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