All About Sacha

photo by   JIM NEWBERRY

SACHA MULLIN is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter, arranger, pianist, and educator. At once commanding and vulnerable, Sacha's often been compared to Jeff Buckley and Morrissey – though he more closely studied the heartfelt gymnastics of folks like Kate BushJoni Mitchell, and Lisa Fischer. (And Sugababes.)

Windy City Rock once tagged him as "soulful" and "snaking"; and Chicago Reader declared his voice as "exalted", "angelic", and "almost alien." He lives for clustery harmonies and angular melodies. And while most have a perception of certain musical genres, Sacha prefers to explore the space around the edges – a space of endless of possibility. From Bubblegum to Brazilian to Bulgarian, he finds inspiration.


Sacha is perhaps best known for his collaborative work with avant-rock groups CHEER-ACCIDENT (Cuneiform Records), Dead Rider (Drag City Records), and Lovely Little Girls (Skin Graft Records), with whom he did two albums and tours. He has also sung with Bobby McFerrin, Jeanne Arland & Patty Peterson, Hannibal LokumbeAriel Pink, Lori Dokken, Bobby Conn, Debbie DuncanCarla Kihlstedt, Daniel KnoxAmerican Draft, Gabriele Roberto, Sarah Winters (vōx), The Gabriel Construct, and Dessa; shared stages with Lightning Bolt, Kayo Dot, RUINS, and Mitski; has been heard on MTV, CBS, NPR, and Japan's NHK; and is currently a co-host of the comedy podcast N*Sync Found Fan Fiction with Chicago zine queen Liz Mason (Quimby’s). And as if he needed more on his plate, a reunion project with his former band Vitamin Drama is also in the works.

Moreover, Sacha performs as his own self-named project, and is in production with a third full-length solo record. His 2013 left field pop debut Whelm was well-received by The Deli, Examiner, Chicago Music Guide, and several international publications, all praising the album's singularity. France's ZIC-ZAG even compared Whelm to a "religious experience." 

In 2015, he digitally released Night of Silence: a 3-song EP of obscure Holiday music. A limited lathe cut version was later released in 2016 to commemorate St. Lucia Day.

2017 saw Sacha releasing his second full-length record Duplex, "co-piloted" with Todd Rittmann (Dead Rider; U.S. Maple) and James Sanger (Dido; Siobhán Donaghy). A feature in the Chicago Reader's Gossip Wolf described it as "George Michael fronting far-out jam band Gong in a Broadway-style revue." BBC Radio 6's Fresh on the Net continued the 80s references with Kate Bush, Rick Astley, and Pet Shop Boys.

Sacha cites industry singers Emily Bindiger and Judi Vinar as both friends, collaborators, and mentors. Much of their artistry and spirit shapes him not only as a performer, but as a teacher in his own right.

Aside from music, Sacha cares deeply about human rights, our planet, and empathy. His perfect date would have to be April 25th, it's not too hot not too cold. (All you need is a light jacket.) Sacha also enjoys reading cookbooks as novels (his bookshelf near-being a load-bearing wall at this point), watching reruns of The Dick Van Dyke Show, doodling with vintage Crayola crayons, and oh how he could dedicate more time to do a proper load of laundry.