We first stumbled across Sara Barrett, aka Eagle/Deer, when camping out on Caleb Groh's Myspace page (more from him soon). His friends list led us to Sara's Myspace and the rest is history. Firstly, as far as band names go, Eagle/Deer is up their as one of the best around, not only for the way it sounds but for the way it perfectly describes the natural quality of Sara's music. Secondly, Sara has an incredible voice and I say that without a hint of hyperbole. Similar in quality to that of CocoRosie, but entirely her own, her voice is the cherry on top of her folk-based pie. Where are you from? I am from a small suburb of Boston, Massachusetts How long have you been recording/playing music? I've only been home recording for 2 years, but have been singing since I was tiny. I played drums a bit in my teenage years and picked up the guitar when I was 17. I played in a few bands but it was when I graduated College and separated from my friends that my personal song writing began to develop. How would you describe your music? I have a terrible time trying to describe my music. It's hard for me to detach from it and try and listen as if I were listening to someone else's music, I don't even know if I would like it! But since you asked I would say folky, mysterious, and atmospheric. What would you consider your main musical influences? I have very many musical influences, my childhood music teachers, come up at the top of the list. Learning and being exposed to different types of music, learning to read music and work with other students as a team really nurtured my creativity, individuality and gave me the confidence to write and record. Of course Billie Holiday, Radiohead and Bjork are on the list as well, but its the fantastic teachers whom I've had direct contact and interaction with that made the biggest impact.
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In terms of your roots, do feel any musical connection to it or indeed to any scene surrounding it? I have a connection to the landscape where I grew up. Lots of wooded areas, streams, lakes and the ocean. We have all four seasons which keeps things new and exciting all year round. I can only imagine that these conditions have fuelled my tone and writing. I also grew up in a small town where my sister, I and two other children were the only Jewish kids in the whole school system. Learning how to deal with being different helped me find my musical self and experiment where I originally may not have. What element of your music most sets you apart from other bands/artists around? I'm not sure what sets me apart from other artists. The music world is so incredibly huge I sometimes wonder if someone somewhere across the world has written the same song I've written. But to answer the question, I have been told that my voice and choice of imagery in my songs sets me aside from other similar artist. What are your plans for 2011? My plans for 2011 are very exciting! My first full length release "Summer of Sepia" will be out in the next month or so! I've also started working on my second release and would love to release this in late 2011 as well. Then, I'd like to focus on getting a band together and hopefully start playing and touring.