10 questions with Sam Martin

How did you get into creating music?

I grew up in a really musical household and ever since i was little i was always so entranced and fascinated with creating music of my own. When i saw Hendrix and Clapton play or when heard Stevie Wonder or Robert Plant sing i just wanted to make people feel how they make me feel. So i started writing my own songs at 12 years old and never stopped.

Where do you get your inspirations from?

I think everything i do and experience somehow informs what i create. whether it’s a personal event or something i’m observing or really impacted by, it changes every time i write. My earlier writing was incredibly introspective and really learnt itself to slower “singer songwriter” esque styles, But everything I’m writing now has this whole new energy to it, I think it’s really influenced by my journey and life as a musician and how I just wanna make people feel good. But don’t get me wrong, sometimes I’ll sit and write a love song to no one and make up stories i my head.

Use three words to describe your music!

Visceral, dreamy and emotional.

What’s your favourite song of yours and why?

I love ‘Say It For You’ There’s just something so raw and instinctual about that song when we play it live and it’s the first song i wrote that really got a following. When we started adding it to the setlist We decided to tie on this really high energy, ambient intro which just builds and builds until we launch into the song and it just feels so damn good! Lyrically it’s also my favourite.

Tell us one artist you are listening to right now!

I’m absolutely obsessed with Alec Benjamin! I went out on a run a couple of weeks ago and I was in the middle of this huge field with no one around me and his song ‘death of a hero’ shuffled on and i started crying. He is such a phenomenal songwriter, his lyrics are so raw and relatable.

Who would you like to collaborate with the most?

I’d love to collaborate with Sasha Sloan! She is amazing Nashville based songwriter and she’s worked On some of my favourite albums from the past couple years and she actually just released her debut full length and it’s absolutely immaculate!

Where is your favourite place you have ever performed?

In 2019 me in the band sold out Ronnie Scotts Jazz club and I can’t even explain how unbelievable the experience was! To stand in a room with so much musical lineage and history behind it knowing that my heroes from when I was a kid had played on that very same stage, it was completely surreal. We played for about an hour and a half and the crowd were incredible, I invited all of my friends from London Oxford and all over the country down and we just had the most fantastic time.

Where is the one place you dream of performing?

One of my all-time dream venues would be radio city music hall in New York! I played hotel café in Los Angeles a couple of years ago and that was one to check off the bucket list for sure! But I’ve always had this romantic idea of playing in New York City and I can’t wait to finally be able to tour in the states again!

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?

Touring! that’s everything i’m looking forward to now! It’s been almost a year since we last played a show and I just can’t wait to see everybody again! That has definitely been the most challenging part of the last year for me and I know how badly the band want to get back out there as well. I’m really looking forward to more music, more shows, bigger venues, longer sets and just touring as many dates as we possibly can!

What are you working on next?

I’m going to be releasing an EP in the summer, I haven’t spoken much about it yet but the songs are more or less 100% complete! I’ve just got to add a couple more little tweaks and changes and I think we’ll be good to go, I really can’t wait to share this new era with everybody!

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