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Interview: SAER

We speak to the Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Simon Davies, AKA SAER.

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Simon Davies, who performs under the enigmatic moniker SAER, heads to London to perform for Live Nation Source at the Old Blue Last on Thursday 25th July.  With the show just a few days away, we spoke to Simon about his influences, his rituals, the Hootenanny and what fans can expect from his live show.

Hi there SAER, where are you in the world, what are you doing and how the devil are you?

Hi, I’m very good thank you here in Birmingham. I’m excited for the next run of shows in London, plus a cheeky getaway to play in Marrakech. 

How would you describe your own music in three words?

Electronic. Ethereal. Stormy 

What can the audience expect from the SAER show at Source this month?

They can expect an eclectic mix of pop, ’80s synth and me giving it some on the vocals. We’ve been working on the sound and playing with all our new toys and loving the music we’re making.  

What was the first live show you ever saw?  Or the most important to your own music?

The first show I saw was probably the Bootleg Beatles.  Obviously I was a massive Beatles fan growing up, but unfortunately, the original line up wasn’t a possibility. To see the recreations with orchestration and witness the show come together was incredible. No one does a covers gig quite like the Bootleg Beatles. An astounding gig recently was Susanne Sundfor at the Barbican; just stunning.  The band and the visuals were insane. They had a gauze for projection across the whole of the stage and I have never seen anything like it.  She blends folk, jazz, pop and electronica and no one bats an eyelid about genre, as she does it so well. 

What’s your favourite live venue and where would your dream gig to perform be?

It’d probably be O2 Academy Brixton.  I saw Snarky Puppy there and they had everyone grooving to whatever bizarre time signature they were playing, plus I met Jacob Collier there. 

We’re spending a day in Birmingham, what should we check out?

You should check out the Mailbox.  It looks out onto the canal and there are some nice places to get a bite or drinks. I could mention all the hotspots like Cadbury, but I’ll just get hungry.  

Who are your biggest influences, both new and old?

Jeff Buckley, Beatles, Susanne Sundfor, Bon Iver, Jacob Collier and Chilly Gonzalez.  

If you could play a show anywhere in the world, where would it be and who else would be on the line-up?

I’d love to do a Jools Holland stint, the Hootenanny would be incredible.  Who wouldn’t want to celebrate the new year before the actual new year!?

Any pre-gig rituals?

Vocal warmups! I sound like a dolphin before a gig. I usually like a bit of time to myself; I’ll go for a walk or hideaway to the car before getting into the ‘zone’. 

Anything else you want to shout about?

Yes! I’m releasing a brand new single called Disruptor at end of September. 

SAER performs with Sonna Rele and Cimo Frankel at Source on Thursday 25th July. Get tickets on 

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