By Nicholas Jason Lopez
We’re not dreaming, you are.
Out today, Sara Jackson-Holman has put out the music video for the wildly vulnerable single (and her first of 2021) “supercinematic,” her third collaboration with Stefan Macerewich, which is sultry and sonically comparable to artists like Melanie Martinez, Billie Eilish and Lana Del Rey.
The song was born out of a desire to create something in her newly renovated studio and the “ha ha habit” portion from the chorus came to her while she drifted off to sleep and quickly put it her notes app. She has since described the finished product as “a surrender to her own impulses.”
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with Jackson-Holman about “supercinematic” and more.
Music Bugle – What was the moment that made you want to become a musician?
Sara Jackson-Holman – It wasn’t really something I thought a lot about or planned, to be honest. I was very self-conscious and academic, sheltered, religious and I didn’t have a natural sense of style or much desire to be looked at or noticed. I sort of fumbled into music. It was like following a trail of breadcrumbs, where one thing would lead to another, which would in turn, lead to another until I found myself writing my own songs and performing them and getting good enough feedback that I went on to record demos and so on. This sounds so dramatic, but it was as if I was compelled to be a musician – not really in a “life’s calling” way or anything like that – but more in a personal salvation way. I thought I’d be a doctor at first, then perhaps a counselor or something like that, but writing music helped me see myself and process the quiet simmering pain of my childhood in a way I’m not sure I would have otherwise and it’s given me a really fulfilling, interesting last decade or so.
Music Bugle – What was your goal for your single “supercinematic”?
Sara Jackson-Holman – I write often – and the initial goal is always to just get my feelings out. It’s understated and moody, a self-produced ode to excess. There’s a sense of surrender about it – just relaxing into my own impulses. I feel like “supercinematic” is a gentle introduction for my upcoming album, an invitation. I want to set the table and reintroduce myself as I am now – more at ease, more confident and (hopefully) more self-aware.
Music Bugle – How has 2021 treated you?
Sara Jackson-Holman – I consider myself very fortunate to be sharing a home and life – and dog! – with someone I love. Also, grateful to catch a couple symphonies at the Hollywood Bowl this past Summer!
Music Bugle – Did the music video for “supercinematic” come out how you hoped?
Sara Jackson-Holman – I wanted it to feel like a dream! I’m happy with it – it was a joy to make with my husband. We got a bottle of wine and a feast from one of our very favorite LA restaurants – Jon and Vinny’s – so I’m sure I’m influenced by the sweetness of sharing that experience.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Sara Jackson-Holman – serpentwithfeet, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lesley Gore and Andy Shauf.
Music Bugle – What’s something that you wish happened less in today’s music industry?
Sara Jackson-Holman – I’m not sure. I feel somewhat conflicted about our collective shorter attention spans and how it’s led to having an industry that feels more suited for singles. I write a lot, so in that way, a singles-focused industry feels comfortable and even liberating for my process. On the other hand, it does feel like a lot of pressure for constant content generation and nonstop self-promotion.
Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you come from?
Sara Jackson-Holman – That I remain curious and open to life.
Music Bugle – What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you?
Sara Jackson-Holman – I have an insane spice tolerance. I have capsicum drops I like to add to soups and chili. They’re over 500,000 Scoville and they come in a childproof case.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Sara Jackson-Holman – Palm Springs and/ or any body of water.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Sara Jackson-Holman – An Anais Nin quote shared with me years ago by a very dear friend goes like this – “The personal, if it is deep enough, becomes universal, mythical, symbolic.”