For this next QuaranStream online event we are thrilled to welcome one of the brightest talents of the UK’s R&B scene, Sasha Keable for an eye-opening and educational masterclass!
Despite her young age Sasha has truly been around the houses when it comes to the trials and travails of the music industry, and is now conquering it on her own terms.
At 14, she went to Brit School, where her songwriting imagination exploded, and her voice matured into a deep, luscious, and soulful song. Her dreams came true when she was signed to Polydor on a five album record deal, at just 17 years old. Her first two EPs (‘Black Book’ and ‘Lemongrass and Limeleaves’) were an honest and candid collection of songwriting that tackled raw heartbreak, and showed her prowess for unpacking emotions as naturally as she crafted melodies. A breakthrough hit came in the shape of “Voices”, a collaboration with Disclosure (which achieved 12 million Spotify streams), and before long Sasha was being excitedly whispered about alongside names like Sam Smith and Adele.
The truth, as always, is far more complex. We all know that behind the branded gigs, Spotify streams and Instagram posts, the music industry can be a cruel and ugly environment, but rarely do we hear the stories of those it spits out. As Sasha’s profile rose, so too did the attention of those around her, and she quickly began to feel controlled and surrounded. She found herself pushed into positions that made her feel uncomfortable, and represented in ways she never wanted. Eventually ending her relationship with her management and label, she took control of her destiny and started arranging her own sessions, a far cry from the days of being forcibly sent round the houses to every producer in London.
In late 2017, Sasha was approached by Jamal Edwards to speak about her struggles with mental health in his new documentary on the topic. She was unsure about taking part. Until mid-2017, she hadn’t revealed her ongoing battle to anyone. Even after the interview, she considered asking Jamal to cut her from the final film. “I didn’t want people to see me as damaged goods before I’d even tried to do anything again,” she says. “And then it dawned on me; I realised I was doing it for a reason that was bigger than me. It’s important that other people know that it happens. I’ve watched too many people around me drown under the pressure of life. So, I’m not gonna sit here and be positive all the time, just to make people feel comfortable. If you feel uncomfortable when people are honest then that’s your problem.”
Sasha Keable has seen and experienced it all – and is taking back control of her music and artistic identity to rave reviews. This a brilliant chance to learn from young woman owning her career and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
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