It was a little over a year ago when I met Sarah Thawer for the first time. I was at D’Addario speaking with the AR rep for Canada, Larry Davidson, about some ideas for my brand at the time. This was in the very beginning of DrumGAB. It was a trial season for the podcast and I had a few episodes up, that are no longer online. At this point I was still experimenting to find the direction for the brand. Anyways, after speaking with Larry for the better part of a half hour, in walks Sarah. Larry introduced us and Sarah and I chatted for a bit about what each of us were doing around that time of our careers. After a tour of the D'Addario headquarters Sarah and I left the building and exchanged our social media handles and I haven’t seen her in person since then.
When I got home I loaded up Instagram and looked up her profile and immediately I was blown away. I had no idea that the girl that I had just met in Larry's office could play like THAT! Ever since then I have been checking in on her career and making mental notes because from that day forward I knew that we were going to collaborate on something at some point in the future. That brings us to the present with Episode 46 of the podcast and all I can say is that this episode is absolutely incredible.
The past year for Sarah has been a roller coaster of opportunities and as a result of those opportunities, major growth in her career that is taking the drum community by storm. After seeing multiple reposts from Drum Talk TV, major endorsement announcements and some prestigious events that she is performing I knew all too well that this was the perfect time to catch her for a session on the show.
The week that we recorded this session was in fact a week of many firsts for Sarah. This week has marked her first drum solo show, her first clinic and she has now assembled her very own band as band leader for the first time and this was her first podcast interview, which I am still in disbelief considering the quality of our conversation. It is an exciting time for her. It is abundantly clear to me, and many others who follow her, that she WILL be a recognized professional in this industry in no time. It could be argued that it is already happening even. Now, I am not suggesting that she will be world famous and a star, because I don’t have a crystal ball on my table, but it is certain that with her work ethic, musical knowledge and dedication to her craft big things will continue to happen for her.
I typically don’t outline my episodes in these articles but instead provide an overall impression of the person I spoke with and how I internalize the conversation. Many people who have appeared on this show have bright futures but many of the podcast episodes aren’t quite at peak timing for the artists, unlike this one. I feel that this episode is one that Sarah and her peers will reflect on in a year or two and recall how all the stars were beginning to align and that we all knew that something big was in store for her but we weren’t yet sure what it would become.
This is easily one of the best shows in the history of the podcast purely for its humility and honesty. I have never once had a guest be so honest with me on the show. So as I listened to this episode once I was finished producing it, I felt a great sense of happiness for her. I hope that you connect with her on this level too when you listen to this incredible podcast episode.