Camden Close-Up: Sara Barta
Love Camden loves its local talent. We aim to celebrate everything cultural in the borough, from Hampstead to Kilburn, from the British Library to that little café around the corner - we are always out to show what Camden has to offer. As part of this we launched our Camden Close-Up series: interviews with artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs and downright interesting figures that live, work or are inspired by the borough.
This month we spoke to Sara Barta, a Camden musician on the cusp of making waves in the music industry...
- What would you would do if you weren’t doing this? What would your parallel life look like?
If I wasn't doing music, I would be studying psychology. It has always been a passion of mine and so something I have often considered as a back-up plan. I tend to be the person that people come to for emotional support, and I deal with a lot of my more complex emotions through my music.
- What do you think is most important: luck, chance, opportunity or hard-graft?
I must confess to not really believing in chance or luck. Opportunity certainly plays a part – particularly in the music industry – but ultimately, success comes down to passion and hard-graft, in my book.
- What has been your most career defining moment to date and why?
My most career defining moment was receiving the call inviting me to perform at the Sziget Festival in Budapest in August 2018. It is such an incredible opportunity – I’m still reeling. The festival is huge, so the chance to show who I am as an artist in front of such a massive crowd is as daunting as it is exciting.
- What are you most proud of and what are you least proud of……and why?
I'm most proud of overcoming panic disorder when I was moving to America to pursue my dream [completing a degree in song writing at Berklee University in Boston]. The thing I'm least proud of is the way I was when I was a teenager; I never really had any ambition outside of music, and I gave my parents a really hard time.
- Tell us a secret
I'm a massive adrenaline junkie, but am absolutely terrified of heights!
Raised in London, Sara’s musical journey began when she started playing the piano at the age of six. She was singing by age seven. She first dipped her toe into songwriting soon after, at the tender age of twelve. A few years later, at fifteen, Saba picked up the guitar and the rest is history.
Born to Hungarian parents, and raised in London, Sara’s journey has been an unconventional one. Although Camden is her home, she is currently completing a degree at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, America, returning to London regularly. Her sound as an artist draws upon the Pop/Indie genre and she takes influence from the likes of Ellie Goulding.
Check out Sara's website where you can find a sample of her soon-to-be-released single, Dance For Your Life, as well as a link to her Soundcloud page, where her other music is housed.