Singer-songwriter and electronic pop artist Tragic Sasha released her latest single and first release of 2019, “Cake,” on May 29, and it’s a wonderful, whirlwind pop experience of bitterness and synthesizer. Sasha was kind enough to answer a few questions about the single and curate a ten-song playlist for Indientry, so check out “Cake,” the interview and the playlist below.
Indientry: How are you?
Tragic Sasha: I’m good, thanks.
How did you get your start in music? What’s your first musical memory?
I started playing the piano classically when I was really young and always knew that I wanted to do music in some shape or form, but I was really shy. I forced myself out of my comfort zone in my last year of school at around 15/16. I sang “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones at a class recital and I was TERRIFIED.
What artists are you listening to most right now?
I recently got into Lennon Stella (her song “Bitch” is sassy and amazing) and I have been listening to the new The Japanese House album a lot (she has a song called “Everybody Hates Me” which is a big mood).
Your music is full of these gorgeous, swirling synth lines and infectious pop melodies. What are some of your musical inspirations?
Thanks very much! I write everything with my good friend and producer, Scott Colcombe, and we usually start a session listening to new music we really like. We wrote a lot of songs in the summer last year and I remember the Tove Stryke album had just come out, which was full of hooky melodies and interesting production, which probably had an effect on the stuff we were writing. So there’s never really one musical inspiration, it’s usually an amalgamation of the new things we’ve been listening to.
I know you just released a new single, “Cake.” Can you tell me about the process behind it?
“Cake” was a very quick song to write. When we find writing a little uninspiring, or if I’m getting a little too precious about each line needing to be perfect, Scott and I like to put a 30-minute timer on and challenge ourselves to write a verse, pre-chorus and chorus in half an hour. “Cake” was the third track we had written that day under this precedent and it was the one I loved the most. We put together a first draft, and then came back to it a couple of months later and changed all of the production. This was the difficult part which took months to get right. I ended up enlisting the help of my friend Jacob Attwool to do some final work on it, and we eventually got to a place where we were happy with it.
What does that song mean to you?
“Cake” is one of my favorite tracks I’ve written so far. It just comes from a different place to the others. Everything before it has come from quite an emotional place but this track felt sassy and empowering. It’s written about cheaters and I wanted the song to be more of a, “Fuck you,” than an, “I feel really sad about this.” I also recently got into visuals and this was the first time that I’ve written a song and known exactly what I wanted the artwork and the video to look like, which was very cool.
How has the response to “Cake” been?
It’s been good. To be honest, I don’t really enjoy release days that much, because I’m horrendously hard on myself with numbers and statistics and if something doesn’t get onto a playlist/achieve X amount of streams, I really struggle with it. But it got played on Radio 1 a few times, which is amazing, and people seemed to like the track, which is the main thing!
Do you have anything exciting coming up? What’s next for you?
I’m releasing another two tracks this year that I am really excited about. I’m hoping to film a music video in August for one of them and if we can pull it off, it’s going to look amazing. And I’ll probably do another London headline show at the end of the year, which will be fun.
Is there anything else about you or your music that you think is important for readers to know?
I’ve got a music video coming out in the next week or so, which looks kind of like a cross between a Wes Anderson movie and the seminal Dr. Seuss classic, Cat In The Hat. Take from that what you will.
Check out the playlist that Tragic Sasha curated, titled “Big Fat Influential Bangers,” below: