Following the release of the single The Art Of Letting Go, and prior to the release of the EP When Everything Isn’t Enough – we caught an interview with artist and songwriter Steph Saraj to find out more about the music and the ideas behind it. Here’s how it went.
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Hi Steph – thanks for the interview, and congrats on the new song. How did The Art Of Letting Go come about – and do you feel like that’s an art you have managed to master, or is there still work to be done?
I had originally planned for my EP When Everything Isn’t Enough to be released on January 2, 2019, but due to some last-minute circumstances I’ve made the decision to release a single instead of the EP. I wrote the EP as one story, so I had to pick what chapter would be heard first and I’ve decided on this one. Lyrically the song tells the story of moving on, sometimes against our own will. Sometimes you’re forced to let go because there’s nothing you can do about a situation. Being able to love yourself enough to let go of something or someone, knowing it will hurt.. or even scar you, because you were almost forced into that situation is a huge challenge.
What advice could you give to people who are struggling to move on from a difficult relationship or experience?
Just move on. There’s nothing you can do to change the way someone feels or thinks. No matter the complexity of the relationship, there has to be a level of respect. If you feel like someone is not only disrespecting your love, but your friendship as well.. where does that leave you? Get off that roller-coaster. You don’t want to crash and burn.
What inspired the writing of and title for the project When Everything Isn’t Enough?
I wanted to write music that dealt with letting go and personal growth but in an uplifting and empowering way. When Everything Isn’t Enough’ tells a four chapter story. From love, to confusion, to desperation to finally letting go. I feel each song on the EP showcases a different situation in which having or getting everything isn’t enough. What if you give your all, but giving your everything wasn’t enough to get what you want? What if someone gave you their everything, but their everything wasn’t enough for you?
I’ve had the idea for the title right after I said it mid-conversation. It was really dramatic. We didn’t exactly have a.. joyous conversation, but I at least got my EP title from it, ha ha.
What inspired the cover art for the project The Art Of Letting Go?
I was channeling an alien whose home planet got destroyed, who’s now hovering through space by themselves not knowing where to go next. I didn’t plan on it, it just happened, ha ha. The galaxy theme represents the spiritual side of the EP. The ring represents a vow.
What can listeners expect from the EP?
Raw emotions, honest songwriting and different sounds. Each song expresses a different emotion behind the main topic: letting go. You get four different sounding tracks while staying within the same realm.
Is live performance an important part of your plans?
To me, a live performance is when you can really bring your creation to life. I like to be in full control when it comes to stage performance, from lighting to sound to choreography. I want to make sure the message I’m trying to convey is presented the right way.
If you could collaborate with any artist, past or present, who would you choose – and why?
Nicole Scherzinger or Tamar Braxton. Both have amazing voices and are incredibly talented writers and performers. There’s a local singer as well, I think we could create something incredible.
Is there anything else we should know?
I’m always working on new music. I have many projects planned for next year of which I can’t wait to share with the world!
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