We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Mount and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is definitely comes with the territory as an artist and musician, and not only as a way to make a living, but also risking rejection along with so many other things. It is inherent and recognized though, so after the introductory decision to pursue this as a career, and a way of life, I actually don’t think about risk too much. I just try my best to make great choices, book my gigs, make my art, stay humble, and remain grateful for every single opportunity that comes my way. A legendary sax player that I love, David Sanborn, said it best; “You never get it figured out. You just keep playing.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I double as both a painter and sax player to make a living, and it has been an extremely rewarding experience, but not without its challenges. I got this far through sheer resilience, and it is a very important trait in this career path. Understanding that your style is not going to be for everyone, so when someone says ‘no’ it’s wise to not take it personally. Integrity is everything if you want to go anywhere,
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would probably head west to spend some time hiking in the mountains or touring the historic landmarks, and gold mines. I would definitely frequent our fantastic restaurants like Himchuli, US Thai, City O’ City, and Appaloosa Grill. Would have to catch some live music at places like Red Rocks Amphitheater, Levitt Pavilion, Fox Theater, Cervantes Masterpiece, Boulder Theater, Ogden Theater, The Bluebird, Gothic Theater, Larimer Lounge, or Lost Lake. Shopping for goodies at Edgewater Public Market, or 16th Street Mall. Hanging out at our parks like Sloan’s Lake or City Park, and visiting a museum like Denver Art Museum, The Denver Zoo, Nature and Science Museum, or the Museum of Contemporary Art is a must. There are so many exciting things to do in our vibrant city.
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?
My goodness I will try to keep this short. Is it possible to thank the entire creative scene in Denver? There are literally teams of people behind every event, and if I could I would thank every single one of them. I would love to give a massive shout out to all of the efforts of the more than 70 different bands and musicians I have played with in the close to ten years I have been in the scene. I have enjoyed working with each and every one of them so much. The immense support of the ladies behind Rocky Mountain Virtual, the radio hosts and directors with KVNF Radio, everyone with LooseLeaf Talent Agency, Color Red Records, Dog House Music Studios, Imprint Entertainment, MorEvents, SharedViews Media, ARISE Music Festival, Jungle Ruckus Productions, Mannequin The Band, Z2 Entertainment, and Violet Recording Studio has lead me to countless opportunities that I infinitely appreciate. I would be no where without the love and encouragement of my sisters, my close friends, and my boyfriend. In the last few years I have been making music and working with my friends Sam Goodman, and his guidance has been transformative, He regularly shows me that I am capable of things I didn’t even know I could do, and it has leveled me up as a player.
Photos by Charla Harvey and Jeff Warnock