Tsarzi is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Sarah Sharp. Her unique style of lyric-driven eccentric pop has garnered comparisons with artists from Amanda Palmer to Pulp. Playing her track Bad Indie Movie on his BBC 6Music show in 2018, Tom Robinson called it the most imaginative record he had heard that week, maybe all year. In 2017 she won the South Yorkshire Filmmakers' Network 2Weeks2MakeIt competition with her Warholesque video 'Ornaments'.
TSARZI: THE STORY SO FAR
Birth & Childhood
Tsarzi was born in London but grew up in the badlands of Bedfordshire, where the real sh*t happens. Her uniquely peculiar baroque pop style is both inspired by her classical training and in spite of it.
Years of learning by rote made it hard for her to find her own voice, and after finishing her grades she gave up music for a number of years.
A lifelong word-nerd, she studied Classics in London and then New York, discovering an unexpected flair for dead languages. A luminous career in academia beckoned, but she was dreaming of the stage and making up silly sketches in her head during mythology class.
She suspected her talents lay elsewhere...
Sacking off a fully-funded PhD scholarship for the rather loose idea of Being An Artist, she returned to London and set about scratching the itch. An artist: but of what kind? Forays into acting and comedy were fun but not quite right. It wasn't until she began strumming a few chords on guitar that it all fell into place. Songwriting soon became The One.
London meanwhile had lost its lustre. It was time for a change. In 2014, while house-sitting in Sheffield as a way to save on rent and figure out the next move, she fell in love with the city and the music scene.
Before becoming the godlike genius that is Tsarzi, she played in all sorts of bands and projects and had great fun finding her way back to the instruments she'd left untouched for years. She was briefly the guitarist for synth-pop group Mysteron & was a founding member of the poetry-music show The Unsung, which won Best Spoken Word show at the Buxton Fringe 2017 and continues to thrive and receive much critical acclaim.
As of 2018 she is: Tsarzi.
"Sarzi was my pet name growing up. I put the T on the front to make it more imperial, like a Tsar. I like this sense that it's me playing dress-up.
It's like being a child, but with grandiose overtones: which I think is the essence of performance."