With a name like SASSY 009 you expect something assured and impactful to match and her sound certainly does not disappoint, offering infectious, atmospheric, and brooding club-infused electronica that evokes that particular rushing dancefloor euphoria. Tonight SASSY 009 plays the Courtyard Theatre as part of The Great Escape’s First Fifty series. Ahead of the show, and the release of her new EP next week, SASSY 009 talks us through five tracks that have influenced her.

The creative alias of Norweigan artist Sunniva Lindgaard, SASSY 009 has very much become synonymous with mesmerising, forward-thinking electronica. Since releasing her debut EP Do You Mind in 2017, she’s garnered a great deal of acclaim and rightly so, with a sound that places her in the realms of fellow electronic pioneers such as Smerz, Yaeji. Her new EP KILL SASSY 009 is due out on 22nd November on Luft Recordings.

SASSY 009’s sound elicits a heady, ethereal, swirling rush of emotion, capturing the transcendental power of dance music within her tracks, and we can’t wait to hear more from her. Get to know SASSY 009 In Five…

Emails by Yung Lean

The opening lyric, «Empire of emotions, my pokemon lotion, 600 hunna email I ain’t even open» hit me so hard when I first heard it. My email inbox was basically filled with spam at this point, as I was 16 or 17 years old while I listened to this one, but I just felt so much in this song, which also goes for the entire album it’s taken out from, «Unknown Death 2002». The whole atmosphere just described something I felt very deeply at that point in my life.

Sweet Talk by Jessie Ware

This is also one of the songs I listened to in high school. Just loved, and still do, the futuristic 80’s pop sound, and wow she is such a great vocalist.. Listened to this through one of many heartbreaks as a teenager.. It really takes me back to the bus rides before and after school. Locking myself in my own space, giving myself a moment before doing shitloads of homework and not feeling like I knew what I was doing on this planet.

The Shrine / An Argument by Fleet Foxes

This song has been close to my heart for almost ten years. Still don’t get tired of it, and since I don’t listen to it that much anymore, it’s a very special experience for me to revisit now and then. Even though I’m not religious, I find the song very close to whatever God there might be, if there is one. I also like I’m going back to Jesus time walking in leather shoes with a white blanket around my body, living for a higher reason than myself. This was intense. I’m going to stop here.

Numbers – Live by Kraftwerk

My dad showed me Kraftwerk sometime during my teens. I was O B S E S S E D. This track still, and this particular live version of it, is my all time favorite Kraftwerk track. The atonal, dizzy melodic part of it is simply just sick. If there was one song I wish I made myself in this world, it has to be this one.

Don’t Sweat the Technique by Eric B. & Rakim

When first started snowboarding quite actively, I was listening to this dope track on my way to the slopes, visualizing what tricks I wanted to learn, like, seeing myself in slow-mo doing something absolutely rad. I was so intensely stoked to learn new tricks when I got to the slopes, after listening to this one. Literally felt like a boss, lol! Couldn’t then, and still can’t obsess enough over the bassline in this beat. Sick! This actually made me try and learn double bass for a period in my life.

SASSY 009 plays the Courtyard Theatre tonight, tickets here.