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Conversations with Sage Avalon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sage Avalon.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Like many singers, my first studio was the trusty shower growing up. Where else can you get such calming ambiance and atmospheric reverb? I was obsessed with Avril Lavigne, Hayley Williams, and Amy Lee as a kid and got inspired to sing any time I got in the shower, or maybe even the living room if my parents weren’t home. I gradually got more comfortable singing in front of others and appeared in various local musicals as a child. But, I always knew I wanted to try making original music. I had been writing a lot of poetry and was part of a rap and spoken word poetry club at my high school, which quickly led to me writing lyrics and weaving them into melodies. I picked up guitar to help me find chords and accompany me, and that’s how I became a singer-songwriter.

After a few years of playing acoustic shows in high school and spending every weekend hanging out around my local music scene, I wanted to take things in a new direction. I started listening to more pop, electronic and contemporary R&B music and wanted to add something to my style – a level of complexity and layering that I had not yet achieved. This was when I started learning music production and incorporating a wider variety of live instruments, synths, samples, vocal layers and effects to my music. As I expanded my skill set, my songwriting developed a lot and I turned this process into my debut EP, In Vivo, in 2020. The genre ranged from soft rock to singer-songwriter, orchestral and electronic pop. I like to flesh out the narrative with exciting visuals as well, and I’ve made music videos for In Vivo’s lead single as well as a new dream pop single called Scared of Boys, and I do all the styling and editing myself. In addition to my original music, I like to post covers and visualizers on YouTube. I have self-released everything I have put out so far and I am proud of how far I have come all on my own and excited for what the future holds.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The hardest things for me so far have been learning about the music business, doing my own promotion, learning music production, and staying organized doing a lot of different types of work. I do my own graphic design, a lot of my own video and photo content, video editing, social media, and website design along with making the music. As far as the music, I write, produce, sing, and play instrument. The single hardest thing I think has been not having any guidance and not being sure if I’m doing things correctly.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am most proud of how involved I am with my work and how I am developing myself as an artist by myself, and how I have remained authentic to myself. Music is an opportunity to immerse people and incorporate many different artistic mediums (from photography and video to graphic design, fashion and illustration) and I am able to navigate those artistic formats as well. I make an effort to interact with my listeners and hear their stories, and I am deeply proud of how my music has connected with people on a personal level and become a special part of their lives.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I was pretty funny as a kid. I have a lot of stories, but this is an early one and still makes me laugh: When I was in kindergarten, I for some reason got curious about how ants would taste and decided to try eating them. I discovered that they were kind of sweet and sour, like nature’s little six-legged Skittles. Pretty soon, I was leading the other kids to a tree in the schoolyard that had a lot of ants nesting in it, and we spent the recess snacking on ants. I was four years old, ok? Kids are gross. Anyway, I completely forgot about that incident until a year later, in first grade when my friend Nicole told me that she heard rumors about me. “I heard that you ate ants out of a tree,” she was saying, “that’s so gross…but I defended you and told them to stop spreading rumors about you because I know you would NEVER do that!” And I’m just sitting there like “Ahahaha yeah…I did NOT do that! Haha…eww!” After all these years, I never came clean until now. I’ve never opened up about my past in an interview like this before, but it’s time to stop hiding the truth from everyone. I’m not ashamed of who I really am so yes, to everyone who knew me back then and heard conflicting information…you are finally hearing it from the source. I did, in fact, eat the ants.

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I took all of these except the yellow background one which was taken by Priscilla Hardianto.

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