We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, why did you pursue a creative career?
I knew from a young age that the “normal” way of doing things was not for me. Music has always been a huge part of my life and 100% got me through high school! Soon after I graduated, my first band Paper Bird was formed and I never looked back. I honestly don’t really feel like I actively pursued an artistic/creative career…it just happened! I know it’s a HUGE privilege to live a “follow your heart and gut” lifestyle, but it has always worked for me. I really trust the deep down YES’S and NO’S and feel guided by them every day. I’m definitely not saying it’s been easy though! So many ups and downs!!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been a singer/touring musician for about 16 years. I was 19 when my first band, Paper Bird was formed. We all dove in head first and really never looked back! It was exactly what I wanted to be doing with my life, even though the challenges were emotionally, financially, and physically draining at times! We made music and toured for about 13 years…such an adventure! After we called it quits, I decided to think about my music career differently. I wanted to continue making music from a passion place vs. a business mindset. I was starting to feel jaded and let down by the industry and the grind, but wasn’t fully ready to give up. Quickly after Paper Birds last show, Paul (from Paper Bird) and I started Heavy Diamond Ring which became one of the most healing projects for me. We are the best team because we love and respect the hell out of each other. I don’t think we’ve gotten through a single practice without having a full on heart to heart or laugh attack…usually both. We released our first full length record a couple of years ago and followed it up with a handful of singles. Now we’re in the middle of recording our second full length album and it’s sounding so good! I am so proud of everything we have put out and continue to feel inspired by our creative process.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
-Walk around city park, have a picnic, and then go to the Denver Museum Of Nature And Science. -Jazz in the park! -Dinner at Pho Duy or Pho Haus -Breakfast at Crema Coffee or Devils Food -See a show at Syntax, High Dive, Larimer Lounge, Swallow Hill etc. -Hike at Red Rocks, go to Meadowsweet Apothecary, and then the Coors tour in Golden -Dinner at El Five, Root Down, or Linger -Lunch at Milk Market -Drinks at Union Station, The Thin Man, PS Lounge, Hudson Hill, Buckhorn Exchange etc -Sing at Charlie Browns! -Weekend getaway at Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs! It about 3 hours away but SO worth it! -Thrifting on South Broadway (The Arc is my favorite)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
All of our families and fans have played a massive role in the birth and continuation of Heavy Diamond Ring. My brother, Mark Anderson has produced every record/EP/single we have created thus far. Having his talent and support every step of the way has been a blessing. Family, blood and or chosen, is everything. BIG hugs and thanks to all of our fans and loved ones. This wouldn’t be possible without you.
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