Soulful Melbourne artist Sannia has announced her debut single Go And Get Over, a strikingly vulnerable track that documents the trying and slow process of moving on, set for release on June 15. The newcomer has also announced a clip to accompany the track, directed by Giulia Giannini McGauran (Meg Mac, Alex Lahey, The Rubens). To celebrate Go And Get Over, Sannia will be playing an intimate show in her hometown on Friday July 13 at the Wesley Anne in Northcote, supported by Ruby Gill and Eaglemont.
Go And Get Over is resigned and raw – and it comes from that special place of unwavering sincerity; so intimate that the listener can instantly hear the reverberations of a tumultuous past, just through her breathtakingly emotive vocals. The melody climbs and peaks in all the right spots, buoyed by gentle production that allows space for that distinctive voice to shine, and the narrative to take place. When reflecting on the inspiration behind the song, Sannia says, "This song developed really organically for me, I was actually driving home late one night and just sort of started singing the first words that came to mind to keep myself awake... Go And Get Over is about literally just that, the cyclical process of moving on from someone while at the same time reminiscing on everything that was and what it's become now, which I think a lot of people can relate to. You almost go through these sort of seven stages of grief – leaving them, missing them, going back, getting hurt, and trying to exact change – it takes its toll."
The clip for Go And Get Over is the perfect reflection of the track; minimal, but beautifully shot, with repeated motion and perceptive editing working together to deliver a stark message about the vulnerability of starting over. Directed by Giulia Giannini McGauran and shot by cinematographer Nick Campbell, this clip is as stirring as the track itself. Speaking on the clip, Giulia says, "The video clip explores the cycle of seperation in relationships, from the routine developed after being in someones company for so long to working it out alone. Earlier in the clip we see synchronised motions and later things begin to seperate into moving parts. The limited palette seeks to highlight how we remember things - only focusing on certain aspects."
Sannia is set to hit the stage on Friday July 13 at the Wesley Anne in Northcote to celebrate Go And Get Over and is thrilled to perform the track live, alongside a plethora of unreleased music. Giving audiences a taste of what to expect, she says, "I'm the most honest version of myself when I'm on stage, which sounds incredibly clichéd, but it's true. I'm full of lame jokes and other laughable coping mechanisms most of the time, but when I'm onstage I have no choice but to unconditionally embody the music I've created, and since it comes from a deeply personal place, it's essentially baring my heart and soul to the room. I'm also incredibly privileged to work with some pretty amazing musicians that are not only insanely talented but genuinely caring people that I feel comfortable being myself around and drawing these sounds out from within."
Go And Get Over is out June 15.
FRI 13 JUL | WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE VIC | All Ages
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets
Question: How would you describe your music?
Sannia: Emotional – no matter what that emotion might be depending on the song I'm performing it's always coming straight from the heart and I think that's what people identify with the most. In terms of genre though, I'd say somewhere on the border of neo-soul and indie-pop.
Question: What inspired the track Go And Get Over?
Sannia: I was driving home from the city super late at night and I ended up just singing lines to keep myself awake and the lyrics just sort of fell out of me. I was still about forty minutes from home at that point but as soon as I got into the garage I recorded as much as I could remember and started putting the song together properly in the morning.
Question: Can you tell us about filming the accompanying video clip with Giulia McGauran?
Sannia: Anyone that went to High School with me will tell you I'm definitely no actress, but Giulia McGauran is beyond incredible as a director and managed to peel back my layers let me open up to the camera. I'm so grateful that I got to work with such a great team on this video, and I love the concepts that Giulia came up with.
Question: What should we expect from the Go And Get Over Launch at The Wesley Anne?
Sannia: Feels, dad jokes, high notes and an insane band. There's so much unreleased original music that I can't wait to share with everyone, and there's no better feeling than getting to just be myself and let go onstage with the gang.
Question: Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
Sannia: I think that question would be like naming your favourite child, it's totally impossible (or so my mother says). For me every performance is different, with different crowds comes a different response to particular songs. I love that spontaneity about live performance, you don't know which one of your songs is going to be the one that really touches someone.
Question: If you could have anyone, in the world, attend the launch, who would it be?
Sannia: Tough question, if we're talking anyone living or passed I'd say my grandfather. But if you mean musicians then probably Matt Corby so I could bring him up on stage for a tune or two.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Sannia: Definitely performing live, its indescribable, I love the energy of the crowd and that nervous excitement you get from sharing a part of yourself no one gets to see in everyday life. As much as I love the creativity that is involved in recording, and experimenting with different sounds and ideas, nothing beats the high of being onstage.
Question: What motivates you most when writing music?
Sannia: These days I'd say it's to try new ideas and push myself to grow beyond my boundaries, but writing music started out like therapy for me. Whenever I was struggling with something happening at home or at school the first thing I would do is head to the piano room and just thrash it out, sing what I'm feeling and I'd write it down if it were any good. I wasn't writing to show anyone, I was writing to sort my head out. It wasn't until I was about fifteen that I started looking at my writing from a more informed perspective.
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
Sannia: I'm really loving G-Flip right now, I think it's incredible she can create entire tracks on her own from her bedroom and her songwriting is fantastic. If you ask nicely I can attempt to air-drum her killer solo in About You but I'm about as coordinated as a rock.
Question: What or who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Sannia: It sounds funny but nothing honestly, it's never been about inspiration for me but more of a feeling I've had since I was a kid – I've just always known the only thing I wanted to do was music. You couldn't pull me off a piano as a toddler and I was already singing along to everything (pretty badly, but singing nonetheless), and after I started music lessons around four I was hooked. I've always known that whether it be as a pianist, or composer, or singer or producer, I knew that in some capacity I would be working in the music industry. Even though there's so many artists that I look up to, it's more of a personal thing – this is what I'm supposed to be doing.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Sannia: Would you like me to start alphabetically or chronologically?
Interview by Brooke Hunter