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Sarah Jaffe Says Recording Her New Album Wasn't Easy

Dane Walters
Sarah Jaffe performed Aug. 21 for KXT's Live Sessions. Her new album, "Don't Disconnect," is available now.

Sarah Jaffe got her start strumming and singing in the clubs of Denton and Deep Ellum.  Her third album, Don't Disconnect, was released Tuesday and fans from the old days may not recognize her. The 28-year-old has embraced a new, lush electronic dance sound.  

Interview Highlights: Sarah Jaffe...

...On recording her album, Don't Disconnect, in Marfa:

"I just liked the idea -- the bare bones -- of Marfa, Texas. So I rented a house there for a few weeks, and it wasn't easy. I thought I would go out there and it would be just a waterfall of ideas, and of course, it didn't work out that way."

...On featuring on Eminem's song, "Bad Guy": 

S1 messaged me, asking if I wanted to write some hip-hop hooks, and I of course, immediately replied, 'absolutely.' Two days before Eminem's record came up, I saw a picture of the back of the CD on Twitter, and I saw 'Bad Guy' was on no. 1. So [S1 and I] kind of celebrated, but neither of us had heard the song until it came out.

...On her family history with the Majestic Theater, where she'll be performing Aug. 23: 
"My grandmother went on her very first date with my grandfather in the 40s. My grand-daddy asked her out on a date and they walked over to see a movie at the Majestic."

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.
Anne Bothwell is Vice President, Arts at KERA, the public radio and television station for North Texas. She oversees local arts, music and culture content on a variety of station platforms, including KERA FM, KERA TV,, and KERA’s arts journalists have won numerous awards for their work, including a national Edward R. Murrow award for video. The television series Frame of Mind spotlights Texas’ independent filmmakers. The Art&Seek calendar connects you with arts events. And the State of the Arts conversation series in Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton uses arts and culture as lens to frame community issues. Anne got her start as an arts editor in newspapers, with stints at The Dallas Morning News and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She has a journalism degree from Northwestern University.