VIDEO PREMIERE: SAGE BOATRIGHT- “WINDOW”
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Sage Boatright began her songwriting career at the young age of nine, writing pop songs like “All I Can Say” and “One Desire,” but just as she officially turned fifteen a few weeks ago — she’s left all the fluffy subject matter behind her for a darker and more thoughtful set of songs. “Throughout my life, I’ve always been an “old soul,” I was always told I was too young to write about adult experiences… I like writing about more meaningful, deep, and passionate things, rather than just regular love songs,” she says.
Her new single, “Window” has 80’s synths reminiscent of the “Stranger Things” soundtrack and a sexy topline about sneaking a guy through her window. While some would raise an eyebrow at the content of the song — simply assuming that Sage shouldn’t be singing about such naughty things at her age, Sage says “because I have been acting from a very young age, it’s pretty easy for me to make up a scenario and put myself into the mindset of it.”
Inspired by musicians like Johnny Cash — Sage says she likes to write about her own personal experiences, but also other’s as she often invokes characters and writes from their perspectives — which is how the idea for “Window” came about. “I haven’t yet gotten the honor to sneak any boys in and out of my window, but the character I made up has…” She says.
The video teaser for the song is just a sexy snippet of what could be an advertisement for Dior perfume but also fits into a larger story element that plays on the overarching plotline of her upcoming full-length music video for “IAFWU,” which comes out in November. Sage says, “I was super into the “Mean Girls,” “Heathers,” and “Scream Queens” aesthetic, and I was really wanting to incorporate that into a music video. I played all 3 characters, the mean girl (pink), the follower (blue), and the cool girl (purple)! It came out exactly how I wanted it to, and I cannot wait for everyone to see it.”
“Window” continues the visual story, adding a “green” character to the mix that represents a dark and sultry side that Sage didn’t get to play in the larger video. Sage says that “IAFWU” is about her feelings on peoples’ preconceived notions of age. “People always underestimate me because of my age — they seemingly connect age with experience, which makes it seem like the younger you are, the less serious/good you are at music.”
The case for Sage is exactly opposite of that, she’s more focused on her music than anything lately — and spends her time writing songs, rehearsing acoustic live versions of her songs, attending vocal lessons, and making playlists of other songs that inspire her.
Today, she drops both the song for Window and the video teaser for your viewing pleasure. Take a peep at the video, vibe the sexy song and then check out the Q&A with Sage below.
How did the idea for the video teaser come about?
Going back to the idea of “Window,” it’s essentially about a girl who likes a boy, and is sneaking him in and out of her window at night so they can spend some “time” together — wink wink. Since this song was a little more grown-up than IAFWU — I wanted the character to be as well. Using the color green for that character added an envious and desirable element, which I thought fit perfectly.
How does it feel to be working with different producers and exploring writing new songs about more grown-up subjects?
It’s a very nice change for me — I like writing about more meaningful, deep, and passionate things, rather than child-like love songs — so once I started working with Producer PJ Bianco (Nick Jonas, ARIZONA), I was really excited. He not only lets me write about what I actually want to write about, but he perfectly captures my sound. I’m super excited for everyone to hear what we’ve been working on.
What can you tell us about your upcoming music?
The number one thing is that everything I’m putting out is now totally 100% me! Everything I’ve been making recently has been jam-packed with more emotion than I’ve ever put into anything. I feel like now all the layers of myself have been pulled back, and everyone’s finally going to hear and see the real me.
If we were to see you perform live, what can we expect?
I’m working on an acoustic set — not only is the acoustic feel super cool, but I’ve also thrown in a Michael Jackson cover as well. I chose to put “Loving You” into the set because it’s one of my favorite songs and MJ is one of my idols.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Michael Jackson will forever be my #1! I also really like Johnny Cash, The Weeknd, Tame Impala, Mac Demarco, HOMESHAKE, The Smiths, The Cure, My Chemical Romance, and Pierce The Veil. My music is definitely an influential mash-up of these people, and though it seems like a lot — it’s super rad!
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would you pick and why?
I’m super interested in collabing with XXXTentacion because I’ve been listening to him since mid-2015, and he’s an artist I really believe in. Also, I would have a heart attack if I ever had the chance to perform with/collab with Mac Demarco or Post Malone, I love them both!
Your next single is called IAFWU, what can we expect from that song?
IAFWU either means I ain’t friends with you, or something else… you decide! This song is about how people always underestimate me because of my age. I put my anger into a song, and IAFWU was born!
What’s next for you?
I’m constantly working on new music. Like I said before, I’ve really put my heart into everything I’ve been making so I feel like all my upcoming stuff will be really exciting to share with everybody. Also, I’m hoping that I’ll be performing my songs live more, and meeting and working with all kinds of amazing musicians. The sky is the limit!
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