SARAH JAFFE IS AN AMERICAN SINGER AND MUSICIAN. IN HER DEBUT ALBUM 'SUBURBAN NATURE' SHE WAS IMMEDIATELY ABLE TO ATTRACT THE ATTENTION OF THE AMERICAN AND ENGLISH PRESS. WE INTERVIEWED THE SINGER FOR OUR MUSIC ISSUE.
Tell us about one of your greatest hits, “Clementine”: where did you get the inspiration for this song from?
I wrote that song a little over 10 years ago in a friends dorm room. I wasn’t in college at the time so I would just drive up to see my friends who were. I was in a bar band at the time with a really dear friend of mine called Tomahawk Molly. We were kind of nitch/cutesy Americana aiming for Patsy Cline and Waylon Jennings and probably missing that target..but we had fun. We got our first show together out of town and we didn’t have enough songs. SO, in about 10 minutes I wrote the song Clementine. I wrote the song as a filler not thinking twice about it. And people ended up really liking it.
What is your musical background?
My parents had a deep adoration for music. Folk in particular. My Dad loved Cat Stevens, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell and somewhere hidden away in his closet he kept an old banjo. My Mom has a beautiful alto voice and she was a standout in church choir performances. She was always singing. Still is. I remember when she would sing she would do it with such emotion- like the words were moving through every part of her. Music was always a centerpiece for our family.
Who would you be and what would you do in your life if it weren’t the music?
Not sure how to answer this question and it has been asked often. It’s like the “what’s the one record you would want if you were stranded on an island” question. Maybe I would be a taxi driver.
How do you feel before a live gig?
Anxious but focused. Grateful ..and probably hungry.
What is your relation with social media?
Uh…we’re having an affair.