With experimental/avant-garde sounds, Sephra, speaks with me in this Norman Music Festival performer question and answer session. Sephra will perform at Bison Witches on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 2:00 pm. Here are ten questions to get to know Sephra.
1. To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?
As a person, I’m very passionate about my interests, and I’m very transparent about my thoughts and feelings. This shines through in my music – passionate, bold, and sometimes a little too honest.
2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
“Paris” – it shows off my jazz side, which is usually a good side to start with.
3. What’s your song writing process?
First, I usually get a line of melody or lyric that comes naturally from a thought. Then, I just play with it very freely with my phone’s “voice memos” rolling until I get at least a verse or chorus that sticks. If something doesn’t come of it during that session, the next idea I have will sometimes fit with it and I’ll pull them together. The main thing I have to do to write is give myself the time to write. When you’re a teacher and a student, that can be complicated, but it’s worth it.
4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
“I could not be more excited to be on a festival with these amazing women, along with tons of other great acts.”The lineup has gotten better and more genre-inclusive every year. This year is absolutely my favorite year yet, with 2 of my personal musical heroes and influences playing (Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards and Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond). I could not be more excited to be on a festival with these amazing women, along with tons of other great acts.
5. In general, what inspires you?
The growth process inspires me. When something happens in life that forces me to reconsider my ideas about myself, others, or the world, I am inspired. Writing songs is a part of that process for me.
6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
Is everywhere an option? Assuming not, maybe Universal Studios in Florida. I’m slightly obsessed with Harry Potter.
7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?
Yeah! Hear a bunch of awesome music! I’m also hoping to have coffee in Norman with a few members of Women in the Studio (a local organization for women who work in studio environments).
8. What else do you want the public to know about you?
Come out and hear me play on Saturday at 2 PM at Bison Witches!
9. What do you think should be the Eleventh Wonder of the World?
The stack of (digital) papers I have to grade after the festival.
10. What was the most extreme adventure you’ve had?
Does grad school count?
The eleveth Norman Music Festival is on April 26, 27, and 28, 2018. Read more interviews from performers in the festival, present and past, here. To learn more about the festival, check out our NMF page.