INTERVIEW: The Lockdown Music Star, Sam and Sounds

Not many people can say that they launched their music career in lockdown but that is exactly what has happened for Sam and Sounds. Sam started his career in 2019 busking on the streets of Tunbridge Wells and Crawley. Over the past few months Sam started writing and releasing music into the fidital world. His first three singles ‘Do it All Again ‘Addicted to You and ‘Cloud 9’ soared to 200,000 streams within 3 months of his debut and he now has 32,000 monthly listeners. Sam has just released his brand new single In Time She’s Mine, So I thought what a great time to find out all about the up and coming release and how music has been produced in lockdown.

Hello Sam  tell us three unknown facts about yourself?

Haha ohhh this could be fun. Ok how about this –
1. I’ve never been able to learn the guitar the right way round because I have a medical condition called Radioulnar Synostosis, which means that my forearm is twisted in a really weird way.
2. I wrote a song with my best mate that was used in a rendition of Beauty and the Beast in a theatre in Reading.
3. I was actually hit by a car when I was 13 outside my school an hour after I’d told my mum ‘I’m a pro at crossing roads now’

 How did you get into music?

I’ve played piano since I was 5 years old, but it was really at the age of about 17/18 that I decided that it was the career I wanted to pursue – I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

Tell us about the times you used to busk – what were the highlights?

I still busk now! I’ve had so many crazy experiences while busking – one highlight was when a lady came over whilst I was packing up and gave me £200!

What was the challenges?

There are a lot more challenges than people think with regards to busking – it’s all well and good when its a warm sunny Saturday and the coins are flowing in, but as soon as another busker turns up and shares the street, your earnings will drop to half what they usually are, and also you are totally dependant on the weather. In February, there was 4 weeks of rain, and on the odd day it didn’t rain, there were pretty much gale force winds! I can’t slate busking though, I am so blessed to be able to do it – it means I can do music full time without being super famous!

 Who do you find your inspirations?

I have a few bands/artists that I am hugely inspired by, such as Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975 – those guys are absolutely awesome. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Circa Waves’s stuff, as well as Vistas, The Academic and Kwassa!

 Tell us all about your latest single In Time, She’s Mine?

This song is about the times before my girlfriend and I were officially together, it’s about me trying to get her and not knowing what to say, or how to act – sometimes making a fool of myself.

 How long did it take to write the song?

Pretty much a few hours. My producer and I co-wrote it.

 Tell us about how you have been making music in lockdown?

This is a fun one – lockdown gave me the space to get into a crazy creative flow – I would sit outside all day just writing, writing and writing. I couldn’t get enough! What’s more is that my producer and I could work super well over FaceTime with me recording vocals at home and building the track together over sometimes dodgy connections!

 Did it surprise you the reactions that you have been receiving for your music?

Yes, absolutely. We put the first song out as a kind of ‘test the waters’ type thing, and then it kind of took off!

 Whats been the biggest compliment you have received so far?

Someone said ‘they do be saving summer with this tune’ – that was nice!

 What is your favourite song you have ever written and why?

I can’t choose!! I only finish writing songs that I absolutely love, and it chops and changes as to which is my favourite – but to be honest, I’m loving In Time, She’s Mine at the moment!

 How do you go about writing lyrics? What inspires you?

I like writing rhythmic lyrics – that is where I go really. I like making words that are relevant to the topic fit into a cool rhythm!

 What is the most challenging thing when it comes to producing a record?

Probably budget to be honest. I’m an indie artist so I have no label paying for all my promotion or anything and it’s difficult to fund the project sometimes.

 Also let’s talk tour – will there be live shows coming next year?

Man, I hope so. I’ll sure be disappointed if there aren’t any!

 Our site also is about improv – in a music sense, what have been some of your favorite improvised melodies that you have created and been able to use in songs and why?

I like coming up with slightly different melodies when I’m busking, to kind of make the songs a bit more of my own performance.

 What are your plans for 2020 / 2021?

Hopefully get out of this lockdown and play some shows! I really want to get stuck in with the live music scene and it’s driving me insane that I can’t yet! I’ve got a headline show booked for the 6th of February in Islington and I’m just praying that I’ll be able to actually play it!

And finally why should people check out your music?

I’m not here to force anyone to listen to my music, but I think if you do, you’ll be forcing your friends to listen to it 😉

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