Massive Coup for College
Ex-Massive Attack vocalist Sara Jay took time out of her
busy schedule recently to speak with music students at University
Centre Doncaster, High Melton.
Sara, who wrote and sang the song ‘Dissolved Girl’ from the
Massive Attack’s album ‘Mezzanine’, once ranked by Q Magazine as
the 15th best
album of all time, came to the University Centre to help inspire
young musicians with stories of how she got to where she is
Sara told how she wanted to be a singer from an early age and
left her home in Skegness to find fame and fortune, She played gigs
all over the country, and eventually playing abroad in cities like
Along side her music she did a Fine Arts degree in Sheffield
with an emphasis on film studies, which would come in handy later
on. However, she kept plugging away at her music and it was when
she moved to London that her career really took off. After a
disappointing meeting with an agent she bumped into an old friend
who turned out to be the photographer for the band Massive Attack.
He gave the band a sample of what she could do and Sara was
contacted a few days later and the rest they say is history.
When asked about her best moment with Massive Attack, Sara said,
"There were lots of them. Headlining Glastonbury has always been a
dream come true, the world tour, the whole experience was amazing
Other highlights included ‘Dissolved Girl’ being used in the
film ‘The Matrix’ and the song ‘Wire’ in ‘Welcome to Sarajevo’. She
also wrote songs for the film "Hold Back the Night".
Sara was asked what advice would she give to students wanting to
get into the music industry. She answered, "get in amongst it all,
in the thick of it, it might make it happen a bit quicker."
Now a mother Sara still makes music but she said, "I love
being involved in youth projects and youth music and I think it is
really important to inspire young people because music really did
save my life, soul, sanity and I think it's a way to connect to
Simon Atkinson, a course leader in Music at University Centre
Doncaster, and who organised Sara's visit said, "It was excellent
to see the students asking questions relating to Sara's experiences
in the music industry along with a vocal workshop which introduced
vocal techniques and harmonies. We hope to see Sara again with more
vocal workshops planned soon."
Doncaster College and University Centre Doncaster run a host of
Visual art and Music courses. Further details are available by
calling 0800 358 7575 or by visiting www.don.ac.uk