Late one night in her Maryland home, Sarina got a message from her producer Cherry Beatz to start working on another song. With little direction, she laid down a few vocals on top of a beat and sent it back to him as a joke, not knowing that he would love it and it would soon grow to be her single ‘Kiwi’.
Kiwi is the third song off of Sarina’s newest release, the Deluxe EP Glass Paradise.
On June 18, Sarina re-released the EP with an additional two songs named ‘My Mother’ with LATENIGHTJIGGY and ‘Intimate’ with Matt McGhee.
Without the pandemic, Glass Paradise wouldn’t exist.– Sarina
At 21 years old, Sarina continues to show the world her creative ability and talent through her music videos and EPs.
Sarina dropped her debut project in February 2020 and had the next single ‘You See Me’ lined up to be released in March. Much like others that had big plans for the year, the release was shifted when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
“I’m thinking okay, we’re gonna run this, we’re going to do shows, we’re going to be able to do a bunch of stuff with this and then none of that happens. I was like oh wow, I really have to adjust and learn even more new things than I thought I was gonna do — things I didn’t think I was ready for yet.”
Sarina and her producer went back to the almost finished ‘You See Me’ and rounded it off in around April, adding it to Glass Paradise in the project’s baby stages.
“Then that inspired Overnight and Kiwi and the rest of the project,” she said.
“Without the pandemic, Glass Paradise wouldn’t exist.”
Much like other artists during a time of physical isolation, social media was a place that Sarina could connect with her supporters. She posts videos on Tik Tok and Instagram showing her creative process, how certain songs were made and covers of other songs.
Sarina described meeting her now established team of a producer, creative directors for videos, editors and more as a gift from God.
Her family doesn’t make music, but working with one of her mom’s childhood friends started the domino effect of meeting others, including Cherry Beatz.
“From then it was literally just me combing social media, stalking people looking at the pages like okay, this is good. Who did this? Who did that,” said Sarina.
“For me, that was my biggest issue at trying to find videographers and photographers specifically for music videos and stuff like that.”
Desir records everything in her home and then goes to the studio for mixing and mastering.
Every music video she’s done to date, except for the Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ reminiscent ‘Bite Back’, was filmed in her home or around her neighbourhood.
That’s why she wanted to make Kiwi special and different, “I actually did another video for it last year. But I didn’t like how it turned out because I did everything myself.
Watch the video for Sarina’s song ‘Kiwi’ off of her project Glass Paradise.
Trick Magazine sat down with Sarina to learn more about why she does music, where her inspirations come from, and how it feels to have agency in the production of her music.
Q&A W/ SARINA
Why do you make music?
It’s literally just like oxygen to me. It’s a reason to be alive. I just love it so much. If I wasn’t making it myself, I would be doing something involving it. Reviewing it, listening to it, helping people make songs, DJing — I don’t know.There’s just something about it. Music is really what got me to middle and high school.
How does it feel to be part of producing your own music?
It felt good because it was when I was maybe in middle or early high school. There was that mentality like if you don’t have this huge budget or big connections or a label, you can’t make music., you can’t make it in the industry. So that was discouraging, but with things being more accessible, you can just start off in your room and grow from there. That’s what was really encouraging because even though to me at that point, it was probably super bad, I was like ‘Oh my god’. I can actually record my voice and hear it back, and record piano and make a beat.
What do you use to produce your music?
I started with GarageBand. I didn’t know how to use it at all. I basically just learned to hit record and that was it. But I actually had a friend in high school, who was able to put Logic on my computer because he was doing music and I didn’t even know what it was. He was like, ‘oh, if you’re making music, this is what you need.’ So he put it on my computer and then from there, I just watched YouTube videos and when I started finally working with producers, I would bring my computer to them and they would teach me and help me learn how to actually use it.
What was the first song you’ve ever made?
I remember when I was like four or five, my mom had a daycare and she had a friend who had given me this guitar. So they all remember I wrote my first little song and performed it for the daycare. Of course, it was bad, but I do remember it just a little bit. Since I was four, I knew I had a love for music. I didn’t know then that that was something that I could actually do as a career, but I’ve always had a love for music.
How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect you and your music?
I think that’s what really solidified for me that this is still something I want to do. Even if (at the time) it was super hard to do it. I think that’s what the pandemic really did for me. I think for a lot of people and everything they do, it really made them step back and be like, am I actually happy right now in my point of life? Do I want to do this in my time?
Why did you decide to make a deluxe project of Glass Paradise?
We had started My Mother, and we didn’t know what it was going to be, all I knew is that I really loved the song and it’s going to come out in the summer. And then somewhere along the lines intimate came about and that was the point where I’m like, Okay, so this is going to be two singles — this is gonna be a two pack.
I went back one day, and I was like we’ll just play these together, let’s see how they sound. And then it fit, so I was like, better than going to the trouble of trying to create this whole new thing when these connect still to Glass Paradise — let me just continue that story.
What is the story behind Glass Paradise?
In the title, the reason why I called it that was I was just envisioning how some relationships from the outside or even to yourself, it might seem perfect like everything’s going well. You want it to go well, so maybe you look past certain things just so you can keep up this perfect image or streak you guys have going on, but it’s literally made out of glass — one little crack, one little rock and everything will fall apart. So it’s what I was going for because that’s kind of how I felt in the middle of the project.
And then I end it with Kiwi where it’s back with like, okay, now we know this isn’t love, but we’re still just gonna have fun and we’re still just gonna be happy no matter what.
You can listen to Sarina’s EP Glass Paradise (Deluxe) on Spotify, Apple Music or SoundCloud.