Sarah Blaby - scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
What do you do?

I am the Sponsorship Manager of PBS FM, the guitarist of Plaster of Paris and I’m on the board of Music Victoria. So mostly I do music in all forms.

Why do you do it?

I started playing music at about 16 and it wasn’t easy to get gigs or lessons or to be part of the rock scene. You had to create your own, especially as a young girl.

It led to me booking venues, creating small festivals and doing radio shows because if we didn’t do it, no one else would book us, play us etc. So I’ve been in the music industry a long time - I don’t know anything else. I’m a lifer when it comes to punk rock.

What do you love about the city you live in?

Melbourne has been kind to me as a musician. It’s only when I leave it that I realise just how amazing it is to have been able to play consistently for decades without labels, managers etc. Just because in Melbourne the community looks after each other pretty well. At least the underground DIY community I was/ am part of.

Where did you go for your last holiday?

I went to a wedding in Palm Springs and then hung out in Joshua Tree pretending to be as cool as Keith Richards and Gram Parsons back in the day. And also tried to find Kate Pierson B52’s because she has a Joshua Tree trailer park.

What's your favourite item of clothing?
Currently, my 'Still The Baddest' bomber jacket.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?

I used to sneak out of bed and watching 'Prisoner' when I was a kid - I loved Bea Smith and Lizzy and the gang. My friend Kurt and I were also talking about our love for 'Now You See It' the '80s kids game show. “Line one, position four…” ahh, the memories.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
Late '70s, Chelsea Hotel, NYC and Max’s Kansas City. Hanging with all the greats in punk rock.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?
Brazilian fish stew. It’s my secret fancy dish to impress pescatarians.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?

Don't wait for others. Create what you need around you to get where you want. Move to where ‘your people’ are and build a community that suits you and your needs. Find your people.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows…

I was kicked out of Rock n Roll High School three times.

Are you happy with your work/ life balance?

I work too much, I always have. I have never managed anything resembling balance in my life.

How do you define success?
All my definitions of success have shifted so much over the years. I’m at a crossroads of how I’ll define my future success. I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

What's your spirit animal?

An eagle. I like to survey the whole area before I swoop in for what I want in life.

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