We had a nice chat with Sarah Jickling (former lead singer of the Oh Wells), about her entry into the CBC Spotlight and her thoughts on the contest.
Hammer Records: Is this the first time you’ve entered into the CBC Spotlight Contest?
Sarah: This is the first time I've entered the CBC Searchlight Contest. I
generally tend to stay away from voting contests. I've been in a band
since I was in high school, and I think after seven years your friends
and family don't have a lot of energy to be voting
every day. But I thought, I've got a new solo project, a new single, and
my first solo album won't be out until June, so why not see what
Hammer Records: Which of the prizes are you most excited about?
Sarah: I would be very excited to perform at the CBC Music Festival in Toronto.
Live performance is my happy place, where I'm not worrying about
mistakes I've made in the past or how I'm going to handle things in the
future. And of course, the opportunity to perform
in front of a brand new audience is always exciting. You never know who
will be in the crowd!
Hammer Records: How would you describe your music to a brand new listener?
Sarah: Maybe...."Light hearted pop with heavy things to say." I've also been
described as Regina Spektor meets Lorde with an Amanda Palmer attitude,
for those who prefer music references.
Hammer Records: What made you pick the piece of music/video to enter?
single "Valentine" was released on World Bipolar Day, and is in
reference to my struggles with bipolar disorder. It's an ode to those
people in my life,
and in the lives of every person living with a mental illness, who never
leave. I directed and edited the video myself with the help of my
boyfriend at the Vancouver Public Library, and I'm pretty proud of it.
Arthur wasn't kidding when he said "having fun
isn't hard when you've got a library card."
Hammer Records: If you could send a message to the judges, what would it be?
Sarah: If I were to win, the real prize would be reaching more people who
connect with my music. I work with Reach Out Psychosis, a group that
travels to high schools educating teenagers on mental health through
music and dance. When I meet these kids and have
an opportunity to help them get through things that I've already gone
through, I am reminding why I decide again and again to choose this
challenging career. I have something to say, and I want to say it to all
those people out there who need to hear it.