This week, we’re crushin’ on singer-songwriter and absolute babe, Sarah Close. Hailing from the Isle of Wight, she released her debut EP, Caught Up earlier this year and has just dropped new single, Only You.

Here’s what went down when we grabbed five…

How did it all start for you?
When I was 14, I started secretly taking my mum’s guitar up into my bedroom at night and teaching myself. From there I began writing songs and then uploading them onto YouTube.

What does your typical day look like?
Wake up around 8am. Make myself some breakfast and dance round my kitchen to whatever songs I’m loving that day. I’ll probably play piano for a bit, do emails, maybe read a book and then head to my writing session for 12. Usually I finish anytime between 7 and 10pm. My evenings consist of cooking, chatting and finishing anything left on my to do list!

Describe your sound in three words…

Electronic, pop-py and fun.

What was your most memorable gig?

It has to be playing BST Hyde Park this summer. It was the first festival I’ve ever played so everything was a totally new experience! The sun was shining, the set was great, the crowd were lovely and friends that I hadn’t seen in ages were in the crowd and surprised me by coming up afterwards. It was just a really lovely day.

What did you have on your playlist growing up?

S Club 7, Shania Twain, Carole King, Blink 182, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Aly & AJ, The Strokes. My parents’ taste influenced me a lot.

What’s the last song you listened to?

Go Gina by SZA. I love her and that song is my anthem.

Who’s the coolest person you’ve met?

A while ago I met Ed Sheeran, that was cool and he was very nice.

If you could collab with anyone who would it be and why?

Rihanna, she’d be fun, and I find her inspiring for so many different reasons.

What does 2017 have in store for you?

More music being released and lots of time in the studio writing songs. I’m so excited for this year.

What advice would you give anyone wanting to get into music?

Practice your craft! Work out who you are and stand for it, it’s so easy to be swayed. Get good at shaking someones hand and remembering their name and most importantly have patience and belief in yourself

My style is…

Colourful. Fun. Comfy. Sporty and ever changing!

I really can’t live without…

‘Me’ time!

At the weekend I can be found…

Somewhere near the sea, hanging with my friends or having a weekend to myself doing whatever I wanna do!

My special skills are…

Building IKEA furniture at record speed.

I’m always talking about…

Sticky toffee pudding, sushi and animals.

The hashtag I always use is…

#imreallycool but always sarcastically

A word or phrase I overuse is…

I say ‘um’ waaayyy too much for my liking.

If I was an emoji I’d be…

The sparkly star!

Get the look…

Hannah Cropped Shaggy Faux Fur Coat >

Follow her @sazclose