Sabrina Starke

This week we are publishing Part 1 of our interview with Sabrina Starke whose album “Outside the Box” was released by SWEET SOUL RECORDS on June 18th, 2014. Look for part 2 of her interview next week where she will discuss her new music. We hope that you enjoy finding out more about Sabrina and her music.


Q1. Can you tell your Japanese fans a little about what you have been doing since your last album release?
My last album was an album where I recorded the repertoire of Bill Withers. The album was recorded with the Metropole Orchestra and produced by Vince Mendoza. After the recording I made a theatre show about the life and the songs of Bill Withers and we performed in various theatres in The Netherlands. Our last show was in December 2014, and after that I started working on my 5th album that will be released in September 2015.

Q2. How do you reply when someone asks you to describe your music?
It’s basically soul music, but I always love using other music influences to mix it up like jazz, blues, hip hop.

Q3. You released your album “Outside the Box” with SWEET SOUL RECORDS. Why did you choose that name for the album?
Every album is a reflection of a phase in my life. I’m trying to live a conscious life. Conscious about who I am, my roots, my goals and the choices I make. At that time I realized that real growth will come if I choose to look “outside the box”, into the unknown. And that is a perspective I still hold onto. I enjoy trying new things. I learn a lot from it and it helps me to discover my qualities.

Sabrina Starke – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Audio)

Q4. On you album Outside The Box there is the cover of Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. How did you come to choose it and what special meaning does it have for you?
Nina Simone is a big inspiration for me. And I can relate to that song. Because I think a lot of people don’t know who I am. I think they have the wrong ideas about what I’m all about. Other than that it’s a song with a powerful message. Beautiful lyrics!

Q5. Do you know or listen to any Japanese artists?
I heard the music of Nao Yoshioka. I think she’s amazing. Great voice!

We’ll be back next week with the second part of the interview, until then please go over and like her Facebook page!!

Interviewed by: Aaron Dulger