It’s been a long journey for Blondshell, aka Sabrina Teitelbaum. Moving to Los Angeles for music school in 2015, she honed her craft with USC’s Pop Program, using the tools she picked up there to pursue her passion for alt-rock.
Words: Finlay Holden.
Photos: Daniel Topete.
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Despite quickly launching into debut album territory, Blondshell is a project that Sabrina Teitelbaum has been leading up to her entire life. Following a potent period of self-growth, the refined songwriter details her switch-up from pop hopeful to indie trailblazer.
Growing up in Manhattan and living in a world dominated by radio pop, Sabrina always preferred to spend her listening time on acts like The Rolling Stones and The National, with Lorde and Lana Del Rey making later appearances too. It seems that two genres – pop and indie-rock – would come to define her musical journey for the next decade or so, with the 25-year-old only now able to accurately position these subcultures in a place that works for her.
“I think pop music is cool; it just ended up not being the most authentic thing for me,” she states, directly alluding to her recently concluded BAUM project. Despite building momentum in 2020 and even finishing up a debut EP release, some quiet self-reflection soon shone a light …