SAFIRE takes on the A-Z Challenge

Our A-Z Challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Today its the turn of SAFIRE to tell us all about herself!

A song that made you want to make music?

Both of my parents are songwriters so it wasn’t a question as to whether I’d write or not. It was all I knew. But if I had to pick a song that inspired the direction of my writing tastes and redirected me I’d have to choose I’d have to pick ‘Judith’ by A Perfect Circle. I first heard that track when I was 16 and I’d never heard anything like it. All of the emotion and raw anger!

Best rider you have had?


Craziest moment as an artist?

Writing and actually recording my first full record. Then deciding not to release it and head into a different direction. That took a lot of reflection and objectivity as you tend to connect heavily with all of your work.

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

OUT FOR BLOOD: “Didn’t see me then? You’ll see me now. I must look mile high from the ground. Worship me. I am your queen. I’m the last fucking face you’re gonna see.”

Easiest song you wrote?

OUT FOR BLOOD. That just happened! There’s a couple of other tracks that were quick but this one just came together and was fun to write.

Favourite song in your set?


Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

It would have to be Brooke Candy or Charli XCX. Their writing and performance is insane!

Hardest thing about being a solo artist?

Not having someone to bounce ideas off of! You’re in control of the narrative but that means that you are constantly spinning a ton of plates and conceptualising a lot of aspects. It’s nice to have input at points from other creatives. This is why I enjoy writing with others and working with producers.

Interesting fact about you?

A: I moved out of home when I was 11.

Jokes you have in the band?


Key to writing a song?

Hooks! Melodies! Bass! Vibe! These elements are the most important for me. If I’m not vibing it then it’s not gonna come through. And I love bass. I like every song to have a dark element to it. Whether that’s the key, elements in the production or the lyrics/concept.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

Nothing too exciting-around 2 hours driving which is pretty tame. I imagine that will change next year when I start my live set.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Tool/Maynard. He’s commanding af on stage and fully immersed in the process of his art. That translates.

New band/artist you’d recommend?

Dana Dentata, Izzy Camina, Sizzy Rocket, PRINCESSBRI, PVA, Holy Wars, Shygirl 

Opening for this band/artist would be ideal?

I’d happily open for Ashnikko, Bring Me, Brooke Candy and Charli XCX. That would be an amazing experience. They’re all incredible live!

Place you’d most like to tour?

A: The states. Mostly because I’ve never been there and I love American people. Canada would be sick too but I wonder how I’d manage the cold. I’d be wrapped up in sleeping bags!

Quote that you’d like to pass on to our readers?

It’s not a quote but this is something I remind myself regularly. Be unapologetically you! No one gives a shit about you as much as you do. You have no idea how long you have here so make it count and do whatever you’re passionate about.

Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?

Taking that fucking power back! Righting those wrongs. VINDICATION! That’s what the songs all about. OUT FOR BLOOD summarises that nicely.

See me live at?

I’ll be announcing dates for next year so keep an eye on socials!

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Every era has its magic. I’m loving the lack of genre defined acts. You can really dip into multiple interests and just give birth to something truly uniquely you without anyone giving a fuck.

Unusual merchandise?


Variations you’d like to do on one of your songs?


What do your fans mean to you?

Everything! Without people to play to and share music with I’d be lost. There’s nothing like connecting with other humans on a musical level. It’s pure and without pretence. I remember being at a Tool gig at Download and everyone was just smiling and singing with each other. Passing around J’s too haha! It’s an unspoken commonality that unites us and that’s really important as the world becomes convoluted and distracting.

X-rays or any other treatments needed for band injuries?


You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?


Zoo animal that best describes the personality of you?

The panther. I’ll leave that to your imagination.

Elizabeth Birt

October 19, 2022

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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