Date: August/September 2010
From: Echelon Magazine
Openly Out Musician Sacha Sacket
by Stryker Brown
When did you start making music?
I started playing and writing little bits of music around 5 years old. My first "real" songs were written in high school. It's pretty much all I did when I got home. Was trying really hard to be Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, and Bob Dylan all rolled into one. I got the lead in the Shakespeare play (Twelfth Night) and they needed people to compose music to some of the sonnets in there. My first real try at writing and producing something was to lyrics by Shakespeare. I have had trouble writing my own words ever since.
What inspired "The Viscera Project"?
Well I have tons of songs and they just weren't getting released because I am a huge ugly perfectionist. I knew I needed to get out of my head and challenge myself creatively as well. I tend to over-think everything instead of just following my gut instincts from the get go. So basically, if I am to release a song a week for a year (actually am doing a bit more than that) - then I have to cut the crap and just get to it. The project is sort of a mandate. There is no time for nit picking anymore. I have to let go of those tendencies. It's trial by fire.
What do you hope to accomplish by doing "The Viscera Project"?
I think the main thing is just to force myself to release so many songs I've had in my pocket for so long. The other biggie is to challenge myself creatively. I know I am much more creative than I allow myself to be. And doing something like this will push me to be a better artist in the end.
What advice do you have for other musicians who hope to attempt such an ambitious project?
Well the main thing is to stop thinking and just play. Music comes from the soul. Do whatever you can do to get yourself to practice, write, and play everyday. You have to be willing to be bad, to be good.
Another thing is I always follow my fear. I am most alive when I am challenging myself to do things I am really afraid of. I have a perverted need to be quaking in my boots. I believe that once you move through that horrible feeling, you find yourself a better and bigger person. It's the hardest thing to do, but the most rewarding in my experience. Irrational fears are guideposts not pitfalls.