Sadie Dupuis

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Sadie Dupuis
Dupuis in 2018.
Dupuis in 2018.
Background information
Birth nameSadie Dupuis
Born (1988-07-08) July 8, 1988 (age 32)[1]
GenresIndie rock
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active2011–present
Associated acts

Sadie Dupuis (born Sarah Dupuis-Kornreich; July 8, 1988) is an American poet and a multi-instrumentalist and is the guitarist, lead vocalist, and lyricist for the band Speedy Ortiz and formerly for the band Quilty.[2] In November 2016 she released a solo album, Slugger under the stage name Sad13.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Dupuis began playing music as a child through choirs and piano playing. She joined a professional choir in middle school and toured internationally with it through high school. She learned to play guitar at the age of 13.[4] When she was 14, she spent one year studying at Kent School, a private co-educational college preparatory school in Kent, Connecticut.[5] She is a graduate of Shepaug Valley High School in Washington, Connecticut.[1] She is also an alumna of Buck's Rock, an educational arts camp where she was both a student and an instructor of music, which later inspired Speedy Ortiz to fundraise for Girls Rock Camp.[6]

Dupuis attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for two years. She pursued dual degrees in mathematics and music before becoming interested in the school newspaper and eschewing mathematics in favor of writing. After leaving MIT, she completed her schooling at Barnard College with a concentration on poetry. Before becoming a full-time musician, she worked as a freelance writer as well as teaching writing and getting an MFA in poetry at University of Massachusetts Amherst.[7]


During 2011, Dupuis played in "the all-female Pavement cover band" Babement.[8] It was formed with Cindy Lou Gooden, of Very Fresh,[9] but they only performed a "couple shows."[10] Dupuis released two albums with her band Quilty, both released on Cooling Pie Records. The band split up in 2012 while Dupuis pursued Speedy Ortiz. Also during 2012, Dupuis' side project Dark Warble released an EP entitled Moon is Trouble. Dupuis wrote her first Speedy Ortiz song, "Ka-Prow", while teaching song writing at Buck's Rock summer camp in 2011.[11] Speedy Ortiz released its first EP, Cop Kicker, in 2011. Dupuis quit her job and became a full-time musician while preparing for the release of Speedy Ortiz's second album, Foil Deer.[12] She has also featured in numerous tracks by Ovlov in which she provides backing vocals.[13] In January 2016, Dupuis, under the name Sad13, worked with alternative Hip Hop artist Lizzo and recorded the song "Basement Queens".[14] In November 2016 she released the album Slugger under the same name.[3] In November 2018, she released her first book of poetry, Mouthgard.

Personal life[edit]

Dupuis is a vegan [15] and as of 2018 has eaten a vegan diet for more than thirteen years.[16]

Dupuis' late father, William D. Kornreich,[17] worked as an A&R at ZE Records, Buddah Records, and United Artists,[18] and helped found the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[19]


  1. ^ a b Coraggio, Jack. "Band's 'speedy' rise draws fans". Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Mumford, Gwilym. "Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis: 'I use songs as a way to feel better'". The Guardian. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Album Review: Sad13 – Slugger". Consequence of Sound. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Goodman, Elyssa (July 9, 2013). "Sadie Dupuis Talks 'Gwen Stefani-fication' Syndrome in Rock Bands Led by Women". New York Magazine: The Cut. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "Sadie Dupuis Talks Lana Del Rey's Short Film Tropico". The Talkhouse. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  6. ^ Mashurova, Nina. "ON THE ROAD WITH SPEEDY ORTIZ AND THE GIRLS ROCK CAMP BENEFIT TOUR". Live Nation TV. Vice. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "TALKING TO SADIE DUPUIS BY TAYLOR". Pop Culture Puke. July 10, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Pelly, Jenn (July 10, 2013). "Speedy Ortiz". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "Tumblr". Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  10. ^ Goodman, Elyssa (July 9, 2013). "Sadie Dupuis Talks 'Gwen Stefani-fication' Syndrome in Rock Bands Led by Women". NY Mag. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  11. ^ Pelly, Jenn (July 10, 2013). "Speedy Ortiz". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  12. ^ Chicago, 826 (August 27, 2014). "826 CHICAGO AT PITCHFORK". Internet Tendencies. McSweeney's. Retrieved March 7, 2015.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ "Tumblr". Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  14. ^ "Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis (as Sad13) teams with Lizzo for "Basement Queens" – listen". Consequence of Sound. January 20, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  15. ^ Cohan, Brad (September 11, 2013). "Speedy Ortiz' Sadie Dupuis Cautions You To Vet The Tofu Scramble: A Vegan Tour Guide". MTVHive. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  16. ^ "Indie Rock Band Speedy Ortiz Embarks on Vegan Tour of US". Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  17. ^ "William D. Kornreich obituary". Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  18. ^ presence?, speedy ortiz haunted (March 2, 2015). "my wonderful dad--quick witted, brilliant, deeply loving--passed away this weekend. i wrote a little about his".
  19. ^ "Boss Status: Speedy Ortiz Make Power Moves". Retrieved July 13, 2017.