Sarah Jaffe is a true music talent having written for big names in the industry and scored music for films companies like Pixar and Oculus. Her own music is now taking the spotlight and her latest single, "Bad Baby" climbing the What's In-Store Music chart.
You had a bit of a tough time before writing your current release, “Bad Baby.” What difficulties did you face and how did you overcome them?
I’m not so sure that the time before recording Bad Baby was any different than the times before previous records. I think it was the facing of this particular familiarity that was tough and I think it was the advice I received from a good friend that put things in perspective a bit. He said, “ You have to start compartmentalizing your life. “ When you create your own schedule things get blurred sometimes. And I found myself slumping further and further into a very gray and luke warm mental state. So, I took my friend's advice. It was simple and effective and once I got in the groove, I found that giving myself this structure was the “antidote.”
How is this project different than your previous ones?
I recorded the entirety of this record with the band I play with for live shows, which was a first. My label rented the house next door to the studio (The Echo Lab outside of Denton, TX), so every morning we would wake up together, walk 400 feet to the studio, we would go over my demos, deconstruct them, then rebuild them together.
How did you connect with award-winning producer, S1 (Jay Z, Beyoncé and Kanye West)?
He contacted me via twitter. I had met him previously through working with The Cannabinoids and Erykah Badu. I definitely knew of his work. But he asked me if I would be interested in writing some hooks for him. I of course jumped at the chance and the first hook I wrote for him was “Bad Guy,” which we ended up landing on Eminem’s last record.
You’ve worked with some of the industry’s biggest names: Erykah Badu, Cyndi Lauper, Norah Jones, Eminem, etc., and have scored films with Pixar and Oculus. How does the creative process differ when it’s your own project?
Well-naturally it becomes personal when it’s your own. But I always felt more of a songwriter than anything else. That is my greatest instrument, so writing for other artists has only been beneficial.
Congrats on your title track, “Bad Baby,” which is playing in retail stores across the country. Is there a true story behind the song or a particular message you want to convey to listeners?
I always write from experience so it is indeed a true story :)