Sara Tamim is a steadily blooming poppy within the Australian music scene.
Working under the title TRU’, her bright, endearing and full-of-life persona is spreading positivity and beautiful tunes at a constantly growing pace. Dipping her finger in several streams throughout the industry, this radiant, emerging artist is bringing her flare for writing and recording to not only lucky audiences but also to fellow aspiring and already established names.
Growing up in the Western Sydney on a strong foundation of ’80s pop music and choir, the young artist began her journey at a small performing arts high school in Sydney.
“It was tiny and I loved it. We were all friends no matter what age we were, which I feel is something that has really benefitted me now – being in the industry and being able to talk and make friends with people of all ages and backgrounds, which I think is super important.
“I was always the person in high school to play the guitar, sing and come up with good lyrics and hooks. I never thought I’d be doing what I’m doing now. I loved writing songs and writing with other people. So that’s where it began.”
Finding her feet after high school – dabbling in music journalism, writing and creating – Tamim stumbled across All Girl Electronic (AGE), an opportunity that could have seemed too good to be true.
However, the program proceeded to change her life and transform her into an artist with something magical to offer.
“I can’t speak highly enough of All Girl Electronic. It’s a Western Sydney project for women, transgender and non-binary youth, funded by Music New South Wales and FBi Radio. They wanted to give us opportunities that we don’t usually get.
“When it came out I was so keen. It was free and it was near my house. I didn’t expect much going into it but now it’s become the reason I make music.
“Everything the mentors have taught me and the other girls in my classes, that’s how I got into using Ableton in the first place. I owe my whole EP to AGE. They gave me the gig at The Plot and the gig at Parramatta Lanes.
“Julia who facilitates the whole thing has been amazing. If I have problems – even outside the program – she’s always wanting to help and handle things.”
Tamim’s enthusiasm for what she does can be felt through the phone. Her stories, riddled with a smile that can be heard in her voice.
Now, fresh off the back of releasing the Make Believe EP with Perth artist and friend Michael Swallow (known better as Wulfe), the pace is starting to pick up for Tamim.
“I met Wulfe through Twitter. He’s a guy I had met at a festival and we were mates. I showed him some of my demos, because I always seemed to make demos and never release them. He then sent me a demo for Wasted Heart, which was the first song we made.
“I help a lot in a structural sense. If you listen to his stuff, he’s a very simple producer, but I feel I added a lot of stuff in, all the vocals and vocal processing. I think we mold each other’s styles. We sent songs back and forth for so long.”
The EP came about when Swallow had nowhere to stay when heading to Sydney for the Electronic Music Conference. Already friends, the pair bonded over producing and late night music making jams. The result? A dreamy EP that’ll make you exhale and feel like you’re walking through clouds.
“We’d go to EMC and then we’d do other stuff. We got along well in person. I had to go to Shawn Mendes one night, because I’d booked tickets months beforehand, so I dropped him off at World Bar to hang out with a friend of mine that he’d never met.
“We got home that night around 2am and he asked if I wanted to make some songs. The bulk of them were all done in those late-night sessions and we’ve spent the last few months just tweaking them.”
As an emerging artist, you carry the power to project a message you want your audiences to hear. Tamim, remarkably, is not only using her voice through her releases, but is also trying to help the younger generation during a time where people could be hesitant or afraid to show who they are.
“My music is always quite sad, which is funny because I’m the kind of person that’s always happy and jumping,” she shares, “but when I get into my emotions I’m actually quite melancholy.
“With my music, it’s always about the same person that I went through heaps with. As a person and artist, I feel you should not be afraid to take your space. I occasionally teach singing at a friend’s dance school and I find that the students are often a little shy to sing or to say how they feel.
“I was the shyest kid and I used to hide behind my mum, so I say to these students ‘Take your space, show your emotion,’ and I’ll make them yell things like ‘My name is *insert name here* and this is my space’, to help them to sing loud and say how they feel.
“I wish when I was younger someone had told me that, because then I feel it wouldn’t have taken me so long to do something about it. Me putting music out is my way of saying how I feel.”
On the horizon for TRU’, a lot of writing, recording and producing. The rest of the year ahead looks like it holds some exciting escapades for this young artist. Make sure you keep an eye and an ear out for her stunning, electronic, music making waves.
“The Plot is coming up and so is Parramatta Lanes. I’m working on an EP that’s just my own. I’ve got a single I’m sitting on called You Just Don’t, which I play at my live shows, but not sure if I’m going to release it on its own or add it to the EP.
“By the end of the year there should be a bit more music out.”