Sarah Jaffe has made quite a mark on the local and regional music scene. She’s cleaned up at the past couple of year’s Dallas Observer Music Awards, got a nod from Rolling Stone after her performance at ACL, and is getting ready to tour Europe with Denton-based Midlake.
We thought we’d catch-up with Sarah and chat prior to her in-studio performance today on KXT 91.7:
Art&Seek:The first time I saw you perform was at Tom Prejean’s open mic night at Club Dada. That was about 5-6 years ago, right? What were your hopes and dreams for your career back then, and how much of those have you already accomplished?
Sarah Jaffe: I remember that night very well. In fact, that was my first real gig. My parents came because I was only 17 years old. I remember booking the gig myself and feeling very accomplished. I don’t know if I knew my hopes and dreams then and I’m not really sure if I know them now. I don’t think you know you’re living a dream until it’s in retrospect. But I know I love, with every part of my being, making and playing music and If I can continue doing that and pay the rent, then I’m completely satisfied.
Art&Seek: I met your parents that first night I saw you perform. Have they been supportive of your music career?
Sarah Jaffe: The thought of my parents can make me weep. There are not better people on this planet than those two people. They are full of love and life and they have never stopped supporting my sister and I both. They still come to every show they can.
Art&Seek: Some of Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton’s very best musicians have performed with you on stage. Are there any local musicians that make you feel nervous or intimidated?
Sarah Jaffe: Hmmm….actually no. If they’re on stage with me it’s because I’m comfy with them. But I have opened for some bigger acts that have made my palms sweaty.
Art&Seek: You are going to Europe on tour with Midlake in January, which is very exciting. How did this tour come about and what are your expectations for the tour?
Sarah Jaffe:When I moved to Denton two years ago, I just gradually became good friends with these guys and by the glory of the heavens they invited me to tour with them this coming year. I don’t think I’ve looked forward to something this much ever in my life. I admire them wholly, and expect nothing but the best for this tour.
Art&Seek: Where do you see yourself 5-6 years down the road?
Sarah Jaffe: Hopefully touring. That’s really all I want to do, tour, write and perform.
Art&Seek: Tell me your thoughts and expectations for the newly launched KXT 91.7.
Sarah Jaffe: I think D/FW radio has needed something solid for a very long time. There’s always NPR 90.1 but we have been needing a station that can bring some really good music to the table, local music especially. There are a lot of insanely great bands here playing minutes away from the station and I think it’s really great that this station is gonna take a stride in acknowledging them, playing them and supporting them. I hope you guys stick with it.
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