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INTERVIEW: Samuel Proffitt

Hi Samuel, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been doing well! Thanks for having me.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Andre”?

Absolutely, it’s a song that both Josh and I hold very dear. We’re really happy to finally get to share it with the world!

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

When I was studying in Russia in 2012, I became friends with an Angolan student named Andre. A few months after I left Russia, I received a message that Andre had passed away. The circumstances of his death and my last conversation with him left a strong, lasting impression. A few years later, I sent a demo of ‘Andre’ over to Josh. He loved it and began writing a melody and lyrics over the demo. Over the next few months, we collaborated closely on the writing and production, transforming the song into what it is today.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’ve tossed around some ideas, so who knows….

The single comes off your new EP Grey Notebook – what’s the story behind the title?

My first EP was Blue Notebook No. 10, one of the most famous stories by an early Soviet avant-garde author, Daniil Kharms. Grey Notebook is a selection of works by his close friend and collaborator, Alexander Vvedensky.

How was the recording and writing process?

Josh and I work great together, things flow very easily. He’s an incredible vocalist and musician, so it was great how we were able to bounce ideas off each other. His We were also very lucky to have a few people that we trusted critique the song throughout the process.

What was it like to work with Josh Jacobson and how did that relationship develop?

Like I was saying, he’s a great musician, accomplished jazz pianist and a really strong producer. I was looking for new vocalists and stumbled across one of his first singles. We hit it off pretty quickly, and the first incarnation of ‘Andre’ came through that.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Besides Andre, he definitely influenced the last single, which is unreleased, though most of the EP was written before we started working together.

Would all songs deal with abstracts themes and topics?

All of the songs were inspired by singular events or by some piece of literature that had a heavy influence on me. That being said, I like to leave it up to people how they interpret the details of the song, I want my music to be accessible not only in a concrete way but also in a universal, abstract way.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m played a fun stretch of shows at the end of last year and am currently changing up my live show, so I’d keep your eyes peeled 😉

What else is happening next in Samuel Proffitt’s world?

As was mentioned before, Grey Notebook is on its way! I’m also going to be splitting time between a PhD in Russian Literature and music, which I’m incredibly excited about. As I was saying earlier, almost everything I write is either from personal experiences or is Russian literature-inspired.

Besides what’s going on with me, I do know that Josh has his debut EP on the way, and it is absolutely breathtaking. Be sure to be on the look out!

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