Nerve Leak is Sam Friedman, 23-year-old Brooklyn-based producer and singer-songwriter. His sound blurs the lines between experimental and pop music, with an anchor in lyrical themes that empathize with very human experiences of love, loss, and self-doubt. His newest single, “DR34M5”, is about being caught up in the intimacy of a new love, but ultimately pulling away to mend unhealed wounds. Drawing on inspiration from the likes of FKA twigs, James Blake, and The Weeknd, this song is led by trap-inflected beats, skyward synths, and love-torn falsetto vocals.
Born and raised in the brash river city of Richmond, VA, Friedman started creating music under the moniker Nerve Leak as a personal outlet, while fronting indie-post-rock bands throughout the Virginia music scene. It was an escape: a chance to bridge the gap between human and computer, with endless expression. Though initially a personal project, he has released music around the world through Bad Panda Records and Warminal Records.
In June 2015, he self-released his debut EP, Disconnected. Written in a tiny, sun-drenched bedroom while working a dead-end corporate job, Disconnected features dark textures and melancholic lyrical themes—buoyed by dance undercurrents, mesmeric ambience, and driving sub-bass. Through the EP, Friedman brought together a collective of writers who interpreted his music with unique poetic works, which were then compiled into an e-Booklet and interactive blog titled Snow / Sun / Words. This international writing project, coupled with Disconnected, explores how the life of music can be extended in a society of convenience, consumerism, and a throwaway attitude