Sasha Alex Sloan

Sasha Alex Sloan is back for the first time since she went independent with her album Me Again. Sloan’s journey as an artist has always had this intimacy, as if she’s bringing fans into her world, rather than just sharing these experiences on a stage. On Me Again, she did that again but better. This time, we get to feel something emotionally raw and have it change us.

Me Again isn’t just an album you consume and just move on. It’s going to stay with you, and have you questioning yourself, your relationships, your emotions, and the reason for being. But not in a bad way.

In an interview with EUPHORIA., Sloan talked about the inspirations behind her favorites on the album, what it’s like becoming an independent artist, and the reason she’s all for positive energy right now.

I just want to say that I spent all day listening to Me Again and it was beautiful. It felt like therapy for me, and I love the way the song just flows, I can’t even define the feeling. Where were you emotionally when making this album?

Aww, thank you so much! I was in a pretty dark place when I made this album. I was going through a rough time with my family who most of this album ended up being about. I was also in a transitional time in my career so I felt like I made this whole record while going through my Saturn return which is probably why it ended up being so depressing lol.

You sing “parents become the kids” on the track “Kids.” I screamed there. It touched me so deeply and made me think of what it’s eventually going to be like down the road. This is a deep deep line in a beautiful song. What inspired the song?

Aww, thanks! This song was inspired by my mom. She’s my best friend and I was helping her go through a stressful time. I realized that I was her rock for the first time in my life and it was a really weird feeling. A few years earlier her father passed away from cancer and I watched her be there for him. It was a culmination of all those events that led me to write “Kids.”

There are a lot of healing songs on the record as well, like “Glad You Did” which is a great message for anyone in a toxic relationship who doesn’t want to leave something they feel they’ve been stuck in for a long time. I actually know someone who should listen to this song. Was it like a message to yourself or is it a message to someone else?

This song is a message to someone else although I’ve definitely been there. King Henry, who I made the album with, started playing this guitar riff and I was like, “Stop what is that?” and then “Glad You Did” was born. The music video was supposed to look like I’m packing up someone else’s things but I kind of like that it also looks like it could be about me because I definitely relate to that song in a lot of ways.

What was it like leaving a major record label? Was it scary at first?

Definitely scary but I think any change is scary at first. Even if you know you’re headed toward a better situation, disrupting what you know is always anxiety-inducing but that being said, I’m really enjoying being independent!

Are there any songs on the album inspired by the experience?

Yes, for sure! The song “Me Again” was inspired by many parts of my life but that had a lot to do with it. I was at a crossroads with who I was as a person as well as where I was at with my career so it was the perfect storm.

You obviously have more creative control on this album. How did you take advantage of that?

Having complete creative control was amazing but also terrifying. If this album sucks there’s no one to blame but me! But really it was so nice to just create without thinking about if a song was “good enough” or “playlist-able enough” to come out. I really just made music from the heart on this album and I’m really proud of that fact.

How important is it for you to maintain control? I see you wrote and co-wrote all the songs on the album.

I write or co-write everything I put out. I think it’s less about control and more about the type of music I’m making. This album especially is my most personal to date and I needed to trust or be comfortable with everyone in the room while creating. That’s why it’s a relatively small team in terms of collaborators.

How would you say the experience differs now from when you were with RCA?

I feel as though I just have more creative control. There were a ton of positives to being with a major and I have a lot of love for the people there but often major labels can turn into too many cooks in the kitchen. This record was made by me just liking songs and sending them to my management and showing them to my friends which was a really nice way to go about it.

What was it like to write songs with others? How is it different from writing by yourself?

I’ve been co-writing for a while so it feels totally normal. The only song I wrote by myself on the album is “Good Enough,” which I actually wrote when I was sixteen. This felt like the right project for it to come out on.

You only have one collaboration on the album, “Falling Out Of Like” with Ruston Kelly. How did the collaboration come about?

I had been a fan of Ruston’s for a while so when we got set up to write I was really nervous. The first time we met we wrote this song and I knew I loved it right away. After a couple of months, I mustered up the courage to ask him to stay on it. Luckily, he said yes! It’s one of my favorites on the album.

I’m curious to know why you chose “Highlights” to be the lead single.

I wanted to trust my gut more than ever on this record and that song was the one that always gave me the most feels. I think it set a good tone for the album as well.

This album is a journey. Were you conscious of each of the song’s placement, like you want it to tell a story or go from sad to acceptance, stuff like that?

Sort of. I always struggle with album placement. For me, I wanted it to feel good sonically more than anything so I tried to place songs in order of tempo feel, etc.

What would you say is the overall message of the album? And I know that’s going to be quite hard because most of the songs are speaking about widely different experiences. But if you can just sum it up, what would you say it represents?

I wish my message was something more inspiring like “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” but if I’m being totally honest I think the message of this album is “Sometimes life just sucks but it will get better?” Some nice, positive energy!