Sugar Relics QuickFire Questions

"I couldn’t get up and do the things I loved. I wanted to but it was genuinely impossible. I turned that urge to sleep into a personified villain, and that “sleep demon” is the antagonist in this song."
6 April 2022

By Vanessa B

We caught up with L.A.-based singer-songwriter and lead vocalist for Sugar Relics, Laura Serafine for some QuickFire Questions on the release of operatic electro-pop gem “Can’t Stay Awake”.


Can you share the narrative behind Can’t Stay Awake?

Can’t stay awake is about a really dark time in my life when my depression was so bad, I would sleep all the time. I couldn’t get up and do the things I loved. I wanted to but it was genuinely impossible. I turned that urge to sleep into a personified villain, and that “sleep demon” is the antagonist in this song. My journey with mental health has been a rocky and dark one, but every day it gets a little better. I think there was some healing that happened by bringing this story to life, and I think the song came out with a lot of great imagery and power behind it.

Describe your sound in 3 words.

Dark, Dramatic, Ethereal

What has your musical journey been like so far?

My music journey has been eclectic. I started in private voice and choir very young, I was about 5 years old. My father was very musical and encouraged me a lot, and I was fortunate that he introduced me to a huge spectrum of different kinds of music, bands and artists. I was in piano lessons from a young age as well and I competed in sight-singing competitions all through my schooling. I studied musical theater as early as middle school, then in high school and my first college degree is in Musical Theater Performance.

After college I started writing and performing live in LA a lot. I picked up piano again, but found a new love for it as a songwriting tool rather than just something I played other people’s music on.From there I moved on to pursued my second degree in contemporary music performance. I have dabbled in Opera, and did a few performances there as well in college and after, but my heart really belongs to the kind of storytelling that I find in being a singer songwriter. Of course I wouldn’t ever turn down the chance to be in a broadway show or pick up musical theater again.
I have solo songwriting works as well, but Sugar Relics is a project that I really feel allows me to tell stories in vivid ways. I am always looking to tell more stories through music.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?
“Be your best because you are at your best, not because someone else was at their worst.” I try to live by that in my art as well as in my personal life. I think we can all afford to lift each other up more, rather than thinking we can only climb to the top by knocking another person down.

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