With upcoming artist SARO’s signature dark pop melodies, the irony is quite strong as he soars through skies that bloom bright blue for him.
Blasting sweet and refreshing beats intertwined with words burrowed from the desolate landscape of his emotions, uprising artist Saro sure did a great job encasing unpleasant heartaches in the coziest blankets of good music. Saro, who prefers to press his creative juices in a room with zero rays of light, revealed that he generates staggering songs during his most unguarded times.“I like to collect every drop of hurt within me and leave it in the music. The more vulnerable I force myself to be while writing, the better the lyrics are. Lyrics usually come to me in fragments—when those fragments come together like puzzle pieces, it can create a story. I strive for ambiguity because I love it when people find unintended meanings in the lyrics,” quips the musician. From lyrics woven with the despairing voice that looms inside all of us, the singer produced works of art in his songs such as “Two Suns,” “Test,” and “Looking,” which were tunes from his EP In Loving Memory. Saro’s current singles “Sky Doesn’t Blue,” and “Eyelids” will both be part of his upcoming EP that should be out this fall. “This EP that will be out soon is just about as hopeless as In Loving Memory. Sonically the music has evolved to be more upbeat and centered around groove.”
In the creative mind of the dark pop singer, art doesn’t cease to generate with his music. Visibly seen on most of his songs’ music videos, Saro revealed that the beauty blossoming from those just comes naturally. “The visuals have happened organically thus far. Stormi Bree Henley and I would wander around and shoot guerrilla style,” the artist mentions. Spontaneity is not an unfamiliar word to him. In fact, some parts of his hit, “Flora,” which was directed by former Miss Teen USA Stormi Bree Henley, were just captured during the most unexpected moments of one of his getaways. “One of the main sequences of the “Flora” video was shot on the side of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. We pulled off the road to buy some flowers and just started shooting. Luckily we were able to make a story come to life in the editing room,” Saro recalls.
“I like to collect every drop of hurt within me and leave it in the music. The more vulnerable I force myself to be while writing, the better the lyrics are.”
With sick tunes and incredible vocals served in a seemingly effortless fashion, the artist reveals that he cops a certain style in performing, and that is to infuse androgyny in his music. “The first time I heard Rhye, I thought the lead vocalist was female. When I discovered otherwise, it made me fall even deeper in love with the music. I enjoy the idea of my music having the same effect but it’s not something I specifically aim for,” the singer says. “Visually, I’ve been very into the deconstruction of gender lines. Wearing makeup, nail polish, and dresses from time to time would have no reason to faze me,” he adds.
“I strive for ambiguity because I love it when people find unintended meanings in the lyrics.”
As far as Saro rises in the industry, he wouldn’t be where he is now without the help of anyone. Together with the help of his friends and colleagues, they bring a whole new layer to creativity by playfully creating rhythms and tones using everyday things the ordinary eye often overlooks. “My producer David [Burris] and I spend a lot of time creating sounds that we’ve never used before. We’ve sampled helicopters, chainsaws, and broken appliances. We’re always on the hunt. It’s one of the most fun aspects of making music for us and it keeps us on our toes,” he explains. Being recognized in shows and festivals like SXSW 2017 and Northside Festival in Brooklyn, his remarkable talent persists to flourish in the industry and displays high hopes and optimism in performing in bigger festivals in the future. “Coachella, Glastonbury, and Form Arcosanti are some dream festivals of mine. I also have this fantasy of performing in an Olympic-sized diving stadium and having people dive constantly throughout the set. I’m looking forward to my first Pacific Northwest tour this fall, some exciting musical and visual collaborations, and sinking into a hole somewhere to begin writing my debut album.” Continuing to serenade us with his self-made masterpieces, Saro is a living testimony that not every misery will remain as one—all whilst bequeathing us with great tunes to treasure.