Getting to know: Saint Barae

 Saint Barae

Inspired by Troye Sivan and Years and Years, Saint Barae is the solo project of The WLVS' singer and keyboardist Josh Bell.

After a three year hiatus, Saint Barae just released a new single "Remains", a lush synth-wave pop song. We decided to catch up with the eclectic songwriter to find out more!


If you had to describe your music in 3 words, what would you say?

Existential space pop.

Can you tell us a bit about your new single “Remains”? What is it about?

For me "Remains" is about being in love with the idea of someone more than who they really are. I think that things like Instagram allow us to project this heightened version of reality out into the world and that can be a really toxic thing when it comes to navigating love and how we compare ourselves to other people.

 
 

If you had to give advice to someone who would like to start writing songs, what would you say?

Take inspiration from music and aesthetics that you love, the trick is to find out how to put a fresh take on something that you're really drawn to. I genuinely love pop music because it's so polished and is ever-changing by definition, and because of this my music taste is really eclectic. 

You graduated from the Popular Music program last year - congrats! What was your biggest take-away from the course?

Thank you! Weirdly enough my biggest take away from my time at uni isn't really music related but more about going through life in general. Self care is a real thing and it is so important. I'm all for being a workhorse but I've learnt my own mental limits the hard way through not taking care of myself - so no matter what industry you're in, take the time you need to give yourself some love every now and then, it's the best way to get out of a rut.

 

all that remains 💫

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In your opinion, what’s the best thing about the music industry at the moment?

I love the power balance that is being shifted towards artists themselves in the last 10 years. Having creative control of my work is so important to me, so I'm glad I'm alive in a time where its possible to be your own producer, manager and publicist - I'm obsessed with the whole process of making music really.   

And finally, what are you diggin’ right now? Any recommendations? 

I have so many guilty pleasures oh wow. I love RuPaul's Drag Race because it's so ridiculous but very quickly can get very real and is kind of like a microcosm of the human experience. On a more serious note, I also recently watched a documentary called The True Cost about the fashion industry that completely blew my mind, if you consider yourself to be someone who cares about the environment then go watch it asap.