Sabi isn't just about music.. Talks Acting.. Creative Direction.. Cali Love
LA native, Sabi is emerging into the music scene. You may have even familiarized yourself with her without even knowing it being that she lent her sultry vocals on the hit "You Make Me Feel..." By Cobra Starship. Now signed to Warner Brothers Records, she just dropped her first EP, "0-60: Love Sounds". Keeping love and music alive, she gives you something you can vibe out to. With love, she takes time out of her busy schedule to talk about her latest project, what's to come and what she embodies.
You were born and raised in Southern California which is where people move thousands of miles to pursue a career in music and acting. How has that worked to your advantage in helping you with your career?
Everything is here. Maybe someone I worked with, maybe friends I went to school with…it's all here so that was definitely beneficial.
You were featured on Cobra Starship's single, "You Make Me Feel…", which was a major hit. How did you involve yourself in that project and how did it impact your career?
Supposedly Gabe was looking for me, which is the lead singer. He had featured the girl group I was in, which was The Bangz, that was on his blog site he was doing. We were supposed to do it then but some things didn't happen. He ended up finding me again through our mutual friend Julie. She heard the record and was like, "yo, my girl Sabi would be great on this." He was like, "oh my god, link it up." So we did and we hit it off. Recorded the record and that was major for me. That was a riot.
In your song, "Both of Us", you said "in life, you gotta strike when the moment's right…" Describe an instances where that applied to you?
There have been many moments where I've gotten opportunities presented to me and this may be true for a lot of people. It's been something that's been presented to you and it's something that you've wanted or something that could be awesome for you but at the same time there's a little bit of fear where you're like, "ow, wait. That could be really good but that would mean my whole world would change." So I was trying to talk about that moment. They're like, "hey, do you want to go on tour with Britney Spears?" And I'm like, "yeah I do but wait, what does that mean? I'm scared but I'm gonna go. You know what I mean?" So that was a strike. The opportunity was there and you just have to go for it.
Which one of your strikes has brought you one of your biggest accomplishments from seizing the moment?
It had to be when I first started and I was with a girl group called The Bangz. I had never really recorded in a for real studio before. I just had been working with friends or whoever. I was in college and these producers were putting together a girl group. I wanted to sing but I never was really like this going to be my career. i just wanted to do it. I got a call from the person who was managing me at the time. He was like, "yo there's this opportunity for this. They want to put out a record on the radio and they need a girl, it might be a girl group…are you down? Can you learn the song? Can you go in? Can you demo it and kill it?" And to me, that was the first moment when "you gotta strike when the moment's right" kind of thing. I was scared because I've never done anything professional in the business before and they were somewhat accomplished and professional. So it was terrifying, never really recorded in a real studio before. And I was like, I'm just gonna go and I did my thing and that was like the beginning of all of it."
What is the one thing you believe in the most and how does it inspire you?
I believe that, and this could sound cliche but this is really how I feel. I really do feel like that there is not enough love, there's a lack of love in our society, in our culture, in our world. Everything is about competition and chopping other people down. Everything is about narcissism. Me, me, mine, mine…and there's not enough unity and love. My EP is called 0-60: Love Sounds. Every sound is about love and the interludes are talking about our experiences with love. I wanted people to hear the EP and listen to it all the way through and have a conversation about love. That's what drives me. I feel like that's my message. So I'm trying to figure out all the ways to talk about it, share it, show it, etc.
Describe the process of curating your most current project, "0-60: Love Sounds" mixtape.
This project means everything to me because this was the first time i really stepped out. It was like a declaration of who I am and what I represent for the first time. All the songs that I have out there are awesome…but this is what I feel like is a true reflection of me thus far. I worked with Ryan McDermott, who's singed to G.O.O.D. music, who's also a producer and singer as well, who's also my boyfriend. I was having a really hard time being able to express myself freely…people usually want to do what works…and no one really willing to take a chance on something that may not make money. If we don't make money, then it's like, "what are we doing?" In this situation, I was able to get a whole folder of tracks, and live with them and write songs to them until about 5 and go to the studio and straight start recording. That's pretty much how all those songs were born, unless they were done by a different producer. But the ones that Ryan produced. I basically took them in a way and wrote and that was that. It's so important to me. It feels like something that I have to get off my chest; I had to get it out and I feel better that it's out.
Were these songs all from personal experiences or did you grab them from other places as well?
They were all from personal experiences. Even the cover, which I obviously didn't write but was the last cover...it's been one of my favorite songs for forever because it spoke to me. it's a song that she released 3-4 years ago that would've been the only thing I would i listen to because i was going through a relationship situation and that song lit-er-ally spoke to every word of which was exactly everything that was going on. So I had to have it covered. so every song I feel like speaks to personal experience from old and new.
In the future...
In the future, I am getting ready to shoot some videos for Love Sounds. I'm trying to make them as epic as they feel to me. Also working on an album, which we just started.
Definitely 2014, I don't have an exact date though. I'm also working on a featured film expected to come out in the spring time. Probably videos, another body of work and acting.