PREMIERE: Sarah Saint James puts music industry creeps on notice with ‘BIG BOY
Sydney-via-Adelaide’s SARAH SAINT JAMES has delivered an explosive new single this week, which we are stoked to be premiering today on Purple Sneakers. Titled ‘BIG BOY’, it’s a booming, bombastic, bad bitch anthem which takes direct aim at anyone who has ever underestimated you.
Over a relentless beat reminiscent of Charli XCX‘s ‘I Got It’, the bottoming-out bass line drives the song to hard-hitting heights as Sarah Saint James commands the cacophony. Her vocals move fluidly from foreboding spoken word verses to soaring bridges and effected-hooks, showcasing her vast skills on the mic as she effortlessly rides the frenetic production. Threatening but never overpowering, ‘BIG BOY’ is Saint James taking a bazooka, blowing it all up and dancing on the ashes, and we are absolutely here for it.
Inspired by A&R creeps who would message Sarah promising her the world but never fully committing to her craft, ‘BIG BOY’ is an anthem dedicated to her realising she didn’t need them anyway. Tapping into the power of understanding and realising her own worth and knowing she’s got what it takes with or without these half-baked promises, Saint James holds nothing back on this latest single. Teaming up with Cyrus Villanueva, the pair channeled her frustrations into self-empowerment and wrote the song in a matter of hours, while Robby De Sa brought their creation to life even more with mixing and mastering.
Saint James said, “Most of my inspirations have all said the same thing, that they believed in themselves before others saw the vision. I thought it’d be fun to write a song from my future self, sort of like a tongue in cheek dig AND manifestation.”
With the likes of none other than Tones & I already in her corner, Sarah Saint James delivers a powerful commentary on the sometimes less than impressive behind the scenes of the music industry, and in doing so steps more into her own than ever before. We cannot wait to hear what she does next.
Words by Emma Jones