Sabine Stanzer


My name is Sabine and I was born in 1980 in Austria. Since I can remember, I always loved to sing. At 16 I had my first punk rock band and that's when I decided that I wanted to make music for a living. We were young but we sounded pretty good and we played only originals. Like I said at the beginning, I always loved to sing but it wasn't the right time yet. Life kept me so busy with work and other things that I didn't have the time for it anymore and I thought already that's it, it's not happening! But I was so wrong! In 2015 I moved to San Pedro, Belize and started singing again. First I sang only Karaoke but I sang almost every night and I was so happy that I was able again to do what I love most and wherever there was Karaoke you would find me. One day a well known island musician came to me and asked me if I would like to join him on his gigs and sing some songs. As I write this I realize that he is the reason that I sing in a band again today. The day I started singing with him I remembered that this is what I really want to do and that it was time to follow my dreams. I learned so much from him and I'm so thankful for all he did for me. After a while singing with him I started to host karaoke and jam nights in a friends‘ bar with some other great musicians and friends I met on the island. I did this up to 5 nights a week and I loved every minute of it. A couple of months later I started to gig with another great musician from New York. A very passionate and high energetic performer just like me. It was magic, how we complement each other. We played at least 4 times a week and rocked the island until I decided to move to Canada in August 2017. In 2017 right after my move to Kamloops I joined the high energy rock band Alset and became lead singer with the band. From then on we gigged regulary in Kamloops and around and had a very successful time together until we decided by the end of 2018 to go separate ways so that we have the freedom to work on new projects. I also was hosting 2 jam nights with my band in 2018. ​Thursday nights at the 'Rock'n Firkin' and Saturdays at 'The Office'. In the meantime (late summer of 2018) I decided to learn how to play the guitar and as a typical Aries I can't be passive, still or excessively patient, so I went straight to the music store to buy a guitar, haha). I wanted to start writing my own songs and I wanted to be able to perform on my own. Since then I've written about 10 songs and I'm so glad that I decided to give it another try on the guitar. You find all of my songs on my Facebook page and on my Youtube channel. Check it out and have a listen ?. In 2019 I started working on two new projects (besides from working on my original music). One of my new projects is the Duo with Sean Luciw called “what’s up”. A fun combo with great energy and positive vibes. We play all your favorite classic rock hits. And I joined the already very well known band “The Bigger Picture” (a full 7 piece band - playing 70’s 80’s and 90’s with some newer stuff thrown in for good measure! Check us out, pretty sure, you won’t be disappointed! Last but not least a bit about my musical performance: ​I get often compared with Janis Joplin, Melissa Etheridge and Beth Hart because of my raspy, distinctive and unique rock/blues singing voice. ​I can sing quite beautifully, but then rare back and yell some lines. ​And then there's my unique performance style. 'I'm going mad' energy, and sing it, yell, scream, and people applaud. ​I'm on fire when I'm performing and I always perform with emotion and sing with feeling. I literally feel the music in my heart, body and mind! ​Come to a show and see for yourself ?.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

What is your music dream?

My dream is to make music for a living.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

The first thing I would do if I could change the world is distribute money evenly to all the countries so no one would be in poverty.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

*Laughs* I always had a big crush on Jon Bon Jovi and have been always a huge fan therefore the most memorable song is Blaze of Glory.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Janis Joplin, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, CCR, Kid Rock, Bryan Adams, Beth Hart...

What inspires you to make music?

Music means everything to me. Music is my obsession.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I'm on fire when I perform and I always perform with emotion and sing with feeling. I literally feel the music in my heart, body and mind! I can sing quite beautifully, but then rare back and yell some lines. ​And then there's my unique performance style. 'I'm going mad' energy, and sing it, yell, scream, and people applaud.'I'm going mad' energy, and sing it, yell, scream, and people applaud.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Part of the reality of being a working musician today is the need to diversify your revenue streams. The more you can diversify your income, the more lucrative your musical endeavors will be. Pursuing music as a career is not easy, and it takes a lot of work. Not only are you responsible for the creative, but you also need to run the business side, at least early on.

What do you think of Drooble?

Drooble is a great community for musicians. I'm really happy to be part of it.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Jealousy among musicians and lack of mutual support. Supporting another's success won't ever dampen yours so why be jealous?

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes absolutely! I promote the scene via social media and I go to shows regularly. Check listings on venue websites, band pages, local blogs or newspapers, and anywhere else I can.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Confidence. There are many successful musicians today who had no other choice of career except music, so they gave their 100% to it. Hard Work. They say that hard work is the first stepping stone to success. Practice. Modesty. Patience And Not Giving Up. Creativity.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

We got lots of great talent here in Kamloops! Sean Luciw Rod Bandura and Margit Sky (The Margit Sky Project) Michelle Simpson ...just to name a few...