American alt-pop artist Sarah Barrios opts to collaborate with Filipino indie pop singer Syd Hartha

Rising alt-pop artist Sarah Barrios is all the time looking out for music past the US shores. And in her quest to broaden her musical horizons, she stumbled upon the Filipino band Ben&Ben, whose music instantly struck a chord with her.

“Their music sounded a lot like the kind of music I grew up listening to. That’s when I first got sucked into the Filipino music black hole,” she stated in a video convention organized by Sony Music Philippines. “I like their stuff and the fan base is incredible.”

Sarah lined one of many band’s hottest hits, “Doors,” which was enthusiastically obtained by her Filipino followers who make up a substantial chunk of her listeners on Spotify. “They were so supportive and suggested more songs,” she stated.

The algorithm inevitably labored its wonders. And earlier than lengthy, Sarah was listening to varied Filipino artists. “When you watch a bunch of things, it [the algorithm] starts to push more content from that specific area. And so it directed me to more Filipino content,” she stated.

The American singer-songwriter finally stumbled upon the Filipino indie and folks singer Syd Hartha.

Sarah has been raring to collaborate with different feminine artists for the longest time. And after binge-watching Syd Hartha’s movies on YouTube, Sarah was satisfied that they might make an excellent partnership.


Syd Hartha (left) and Sarah Barrios


With Sony Music’s assist, the 2 linked up and located themselves engaged on Sarah’s composition titled “All My Sins”—a dreamy, electro-pop jam, which she wrote amid the COVID-19 quarantine. Sarah despatched the demo to Syd Hartha who, in flip, recorded and added her vocals to the monitor.

“I wanted to do a collaboration with another woman, because all of my previous collaborations had been with men,” stated Sarah, who additionally not too long ago launched an EP titled “Conversations with Myself.”

“Her voice was so calming and yet so powerful … I just knew she would be the perfect person to help bring this song to life.”

It so occurred that Syd Hartha was additionally eager on exploring different genres. And working with Sarah appeared the proper likelihood to accomplish that. “It’s really crazy for me because this was my first international collaboration. It’s overwhelming and I’m happy I was able to work with her. I’m grateful,” stated the singer, who’s behind the hits “Tila Tala” and “Paruparo.”

“Everything went smoothly despite the pandemic and difference in time zones,” added Syd Hartha.

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Excerpts from our interview with Sarah Barrios (SB) and Syd Hartha (SH):

Tell us extra about “All My Sins.”

SB: I wrote with two, three different writers. And it’s about wanting again in any respect the errors you made as a human being. It will be straightforward to blame your self for all these and maintain on to emotions, which make you marvel when you’re a foul particular person.

But nobody’s excellent. It’s vital to do not forget that your errors don’t make you—however the way you react and deal with them does. And we simply needed to seize that feeling of confusion.

Were you in a position to do lots of reflecting throughout quarantine?

SB: Yes, good and dangerous. I believe you might have to have a stability. Thankfully I’ve this track to remind me, ‘Hey, you need to relax a little bit. You’re not horrible; you’re only a human being.’ And hopefully, my track helps different folks do not forget that it’s OK to make errors.

What was it like working with one another?

SB: I knew I needed to collaborate with one other feminine artist. I do know I’ve a small following within the Philippines, they usually’re all actually engaged on my social media platforms. So it simply felt proper to accomplice with somebody from the Philippines … It’s actually cool as a result of I haven’t completed one earlier than.

After listening to Syd’s voice I felt she was the proper match to ship the message of this track. I’m actually joyful.

SH: One of the explanations I accepted this undertaking straight away was as a result of I discovered the track very relatable. And I’m certain others will really feel the identical.

I assumed we had plenty of issues in widespread. Our songwriting … it’s actually very private and emotional. We’re weak when it comes to that. I knew we had been going to get alongside if we labored collectively.

What are your ideas on Filipino music?

SB: It feels extra weak to me, from what I’ve heard. Like the American folks music I grew up with, I really feel comforted by it (Filipino music). The pure instrumentations, the stacked vocals, the harmonies—I get pleasure from that. The songs really feel emotional even when you don’t perceive the language. And that’s my favourite sort of music. As lengthy as you are feeling honesty … that’s particular.

Did you get pleasure from doing a pop file?

SH: I loved it lots. I do folk-pop and I believe that’s my consolation zone. But it feels so good to step out of that and discover different genres. And undoubtedly, I might do one other pop track, given the possibility. I’m open to exploring.

What’s music to you?

SH: It’s an emotional outlet. It’s a way to attain and join with folks I don’t know. I don’t make music just for myself. The songs change into tales.

SB: It’s remedy for me on a private degree. It helps me get out of my emotions. It turns into a language in itself that reaches folks everywhere in the world. My songs are moments in my life that inform the story of my existence.

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