Over the course of one month I travelled through wind, rain and snow to visit 18 members of the all girl choir Gaggle in and around London. Sara, was the 5th member to be visited.
It was late in the afternoon in January, daylight had gone and I was stood on Brick Lane ringing the bell for a flat above a fashion wholesalers. I entered the unconventional living space, sectioned off with drapes, one half with a drum kit set-up, computer and dining table, the other half, the bedroom. Sara was born in Hong Kong and has lived in London for a few years. She is Musician and drums and sings in Gaggle, where she is also known as Swanimaru.
When and how did you join Gaggle?
I first heard about Gaggle in 2009 when an old uni friend, Schwa (ex Gaggler) told me about a community choir she’d joined and I should come along every Tuesday evening. Being a drummer I was keener to dedicate my time to other things rather than singing in a choir, but I was later intrigued to look at Gaggles MySpace page and was blown away. I thought Gaggle looked and sounded awesome and unlike anything musically I’d seen before! I started to follow Gaggle after that and later read an interview where Deborah (Chief Gaggle) was looking for live percussion, I took my cue and got in touch. We messaged back and forth for about six months and I joined in the first half of 2010. My first gig was a mega Gaggle bus journey to Leeds it was pretty epic.
What does your bedroom mean to you?
It means warmth.
Is there an object in your bedroom that particularly means something to you?
I’ve got a set of hi-hats I’ve had for about fourteen years, they were a Christmas present from my parents. They were new second hand and my Dad had to battle it out with his bands drummer to see who could buy them! I’ve still got them after all this time.
What makes you happy?
Being with the people I love the most. Making music.
When did you last cry and why?
Quite recently, remembering my Dad on his anniversary.
If you could invite anyone into to your bedroom who would it be and why?
Hmmm I think it would have to be John Bonham (I’d need to go back in time though).
What would you save in a fire and why?
Has to be my Teddy Bear. He is as old as me and was bought in Hong Kong where I was born. He’s still in pretty good condition and has been through the wash about a million times. I guess its quite a clichéd item, but my Teddy has been in every bedroom I’ve ever had (I’ve moved around a lot) and I guess he is “home” – he’s a bit of a relic!
What keeps you awake at night?
I’m usually quite a good sleeper so usually nothing. Although when I was younger I used to get scared of aliens.
Naked or bed clothes?
Who wants to know…