“If you only have 20 subscribers, be grateful”: Sarah, The Illstrumentalist on staying positive

Sarah, The Illstrumentalist shares her practices for keeping calm and being grateful

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Sarah, The Illstrumentalist

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LA-based beatmaker and content creator Sarah, The Illstrumentalist has offered some advice for aspiring producers and creators. She suggests that you should always be grateful for your following, regardless of its size.

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“If you only have 20 subscribers, be grateful. If I had 20 people in this room right now, watching me, that’s a lot. Gratitude is a huge skill”, Sarah Debnam tells MusicTech in a recent interview.

She advocates self-belief as well as self-care in career development, saying that, in light of the pandemic, “you have to know what your needs are because your needs have changed.” For Sarah, this means “doing whatever it takes to make [her] happy.”

She adds that, in her career, “the biggest thing for me is being consistent, and really knowing that all your stuff is important and not to worry about being perfect or being trendy.

“You don’t need a million followers but the belief that your ideas are good enough to share.”

To keep in a creative and healthy mindset, Sarah starts her day with meditation, affirmations, exercising and journaling. She says having a plan for your goals is essential, as is being grateful.

Elsewhere in the interview, Sarah explains how she wants to cultivate “a producer’s dreamland”, where artists and producers can hang out and make music. “That would be my ideal. A safe place for producers and music creators to come, make their own soundpacks and do whatever they want to, like a home environment.”


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