Sarah Mcleod

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Sarah McLeod

Where are you currently based?


I live in Brisbane.

How did you first start playing music?


My cousin Dave taught me a few chords on the guitar. He had a black Gibson Les Paul and I always thought it was super cool. When I left school a bunch of my girlfriends and I went to Bali together and I ended up getting on stage with a Balinese band and playing all night. Then they invited me to play with them the following night, and the night after until I was playing with them every night on my holiday. I loved it, I went back to Australia and quit uni and started a band!

What’s been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been?


I spent my lockdown breaks teaching myself how to play the piano. I found great comfort in it, there’s a lot to learn so time off was really helpful.

You’ve got a big bunch of new solo tracks, how did the idea to write and perform solo come about?


I have a quite eclectic musical taste and I felt very boxed in playing only in The Superjesus.  We are sort of expected to keep to a similar format so all my wild ideas were going to waste. I had to go solo or I would have nowhere to park my creativity. I love being in The Superjesus more now because I can get my kicks elsewhere then still come home to the one I love 🙂

How did you go about writing the tracks?


I write on piano now, it’s changed the way I approach the whole thing. I always start with a chorus, I tweak it until I’ve got a hook, then I work backwards and create the story around it. If the hook isn’t strong enough there’s no point writing the rest.

You’ll be touring Australia in March 2021, how do you prepare for live shows and what can we expect?


This tour is a different show as I’m playing two sets. I’m opening the show as a piano player and then the main act is me again but as a solo rock show.  🙂 I’ve never tried a tour like this before, it’s a bit ambitious but I’m up for it.

Any shows that you’re especially looking forward to playing?


All of them!

What do you find most challenging and rewarding whilst touring and playing solo?


I enjoy seeing emotion in people, whether they are shedding a few tears in a sad song or smiling hard in their favourite rock song. I like to connect with people and make sure they have a good time because that’s what it’s all about!

Who are you listening to at the moment?


Shawn Mendes new album, I literally cannot get enough of it.

What do you like to do away from music?


Make cocktails.

What’s planned for 2021?


I’m working on a new solo record and also writing new songs with The Superjesus. Whichever project has the most songs by mid to late year will get their record made first!

Favourite food and place to hangout?


I love Italian food, my fav restauraunt in Brisbane is called Beccofino in Teneriffe, i go there a lot.


Friday, 5 March 2021 – Ballina RSL, Ballina NSW
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Saturday, 6 March 2021 – The Lounge, Nundah QLD
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Sunday, 7 March 2021 – Wallaby Hotel, Mudgeeraba QLD
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Thursday, 11 March 2021 – The Vanguard, Sydney NSW (2 x sessions)
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Friday, 12 March 2021 – Royal Hotel, Queanbeyan NSW
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Saturday, 13 March 2021 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla QLD (2 x sessions)
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Friday, 19 March 2021 – Grace Emily, Adelaide SA
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Saturday, 20 March 2021 – Soundcity, Port Lincoln SA
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Thursday, 25 March 2021 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
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Friday, 26 March 2021 – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave VIC
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Saturday, 27 March 2021 – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan VIC
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