Interviews: Sarah Halter

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Progressive Death Metal/Symphonic Death Metal solo artistSarah Halter from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the artist on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Why did you want to play this genre?

I was always drawn to heavy music ever since I was young. Then in the first few years of my music career as a Pittsburgh-based musician/artist and lead songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in Blue Clutch from 2016-2020, I wrote and even recorded some acoustic music. I enjoyed other genres of music and still do in addition to metal, but as soon as I had enough of the proper gear and had built up the skills needed to perform, record, and progress at a high professional level, I knew that making and performing metal music was the path that I wanted to take career-wise. Not to mention, it’s the genre that has always spoken to me and inspired me the most.

2. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Personal experiences, perceptions of concepts, phenomenons, events, emotions, the current state of world affairs, stories, and situations real or imagined.

3. Where was your last gig?

My last live gig was in October 2022 at a brewery in Pittsburgh called Penn Brewery for a beer release party featuring many local rock and metal artists and bands. I also have another one coming up very soon on January 13, 2023 at The Government Center venue in Pittsburgh. 

4. Where would you like to act?

As of now, I am pretty open to playing at various kinds of stages and venues, local and outside of my state. If things can continue to go well and if I can get resources and time to do more extended tours, I would first start longer tours in the US. Touring and business goals of mine are to play in more prominent music festivals— US and international ones and of course, tour Europe.

5. Whom would you like to feature with?

Of course, I would enjoy playing with any of my favorite artists mentioned below, but I’d be glad to play with any upcoming band/artist in my niche or a very similar one who’s working hard to build their career like I am.

6. Whom not? 

Any artist or any band who would be a sound/genre miss-match or be disrespectful or unprofessional in any way.

7. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

I don’t know about having legitimate stage fright, but when I was just starting out and getting used to playing live, nerves after getting onstage were definitely higher than they are now. The best advice from my experience is to be well-rehearsed and remember that truly feeling very comfortable baring yourself in front of a crowd can take some time. 

8. What bands have inspired you the most?

Tristania, Sirenia, Mortemia (big Morten Veland fan here), Blackbriar, Sins In Vain, Nightwish, Delain, Meshuggah, Tool, Evanescence, AFI, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Chelsea Wolfe, Lacuna Coil, Ignea, and Dust In Mind are a few.

9. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

The weirdest? I don’t think I feel comfortable sharing that… However, something notable that was definitely different from usual fan behavior was when a new fan asked if I was available to give her 3-year-old daughter guitar lessons. I thought it was lovely even though I had to politely decline.

10. What do you think of your fans?

I have so much appreciation for anyone who is a fan of my work. Metal music isn’t everyone’s favorite, and many prefer other genres, so when I reach the right people, I am very happy.

11. What do you think of our site?

Having had a positive experience with a previous feature on Breathing The Core and having checked out some of their other interviews, I would say it is a really cool webzine to get to know new, established, and underground artists and bands.

12. Something to add?

I really appreciate Breathing The Core for being willing to interview me before my new EP is set to be released on January 20, 2023.

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