Sarah Stop aka Sarah Vardy is a solo project from Australian. Sarah’s music has been described as “an organic pastiche of sound.” Her unusual instrumentation incorporates guitar loops along with household objects, sound fonts, skins, loops and guitar loops. To say that Sarah is eclectic is putting it mildly; she is one of a kind. Over the years Sarah has published and performed in many different DIY musical projects such as: Ladyshark, Girl With Cake, Anu Sava (sometimes called Anus), Scarer McScary, Chibi Vs. Kaonashi, Rodeo Carousel, Slug Pit, Queer Concrete and Little Paws. Sarah Stop’s first album ‘Home’ was self-produced and released in early 2019. It’s available on most digital streaming platforms (Spotify, iTunes, Amazon etc.).
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I was handed a violin at 9 that I traded in for a guitar. I was in my room alone a lot from 12 onwards as at that age it's widely known that adults are the worst. I learned a few chords, my first few covers and soon after was writing weird, disjointed songs as most awkward teenagers do.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Craziest would be stage diving at a local dive bar to an all grrrl punk band (Gazoonga Attack - and that stage was low), then them turning around and booking my band Girl With Cake. Also earned two lifelong fans from that gig as they were making sure I didn't hit my face on the concrete floor by catching me.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I had a great time playing a youth music festival in Brisbane and being told to "quiet down" by a school principal when the kids started stage diving off the crowd divider.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I try to switch up my process sometimes. My most frequent instrument to write with is guitar. I usually start with the lyrics or concept before I start writing the guitar. I write for a number of different projects, so I can usually place whatever I write into one of them
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Choosing the right types of advertising and exposure are always difficult with limited funds for indie musicians. Crowd source funding is difficult for a lot of artists to commit to. It would be great if more resources and knowledge about how to structure exposure, branding, marketing etc. were made available to indie musicians with affordable pathways provided.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Cat Power. She has been an ongoing source of inspiration for many years.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I rehearse at home in my basement. I try to put my set together first and then work out how it all fits.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I just finished writing the new Ladyshark album and there was one track on there that I had severe doubts about as to whether it was "good enough". It turned out I was being too hard on myself and after I slept on it the riffs sounded awesome the next day and I finished the song.
What's coming up in the future?
I am playing a solo show as Sarah Stop at Pine Box Rock Shop on March 31st at 10pm. It will be a mix of some Sarah Stop, Ladyshark and maybe even a Girl With Cake song. Ladyshark has a show at LIC bar on June 12th at 10pm. Ladyshark will be releasing a new album in July / August. Also booking Chibi Vs. Kaonashi shows around NYC area.
Tell us where fans can access your music?