Recently you had the chance to participate and later win the Open Mic UK contest – what drew you at first to enter?
If I’m honest, it was an initial online advertisement for Open Mic UK that caught my eye. Then my computer crashed as I was about to submit my form so I decided to leave it, only to receive an email 3 months later saying my audition was the following day – I suppose you could call it a bit of an unplanned success.
When you initially entered, were you seeking to solely have your music heard by all these professionals or something else?
Of course, having my music heard by anyone is always a nice feeling. At the time, it was just another opportunity, and one which I hadn’t thought much about – I just turned up to the auditions and played. I had never really competed against musicians before, it was quite a strange thought; I couldn’t understand how something so subjective could be judged by individuals, but I suppose I wanted to see how people took my music.
Can you talk to us more about your winning track “Learn To Love”?
I had actually finished writing this song a few days before the final, and so the version which I performed was not exactly polished. Performing fresh material is, however, what I love doing; I’d always choose to perform a recent track over something old as it’s the only way to move forward with the writing.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Well I think the song speaks for itself really.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Definately. I still haven’t decided on my single yet, but I can’t wait to shoot a video. I have ideas for each potential single, I just need to home in on which ones are best. I will be shooting the video with my good friend, Ben Stancombe, who will not only be directing the video, but is also producing my current music.
How was the writing process? Did you take a different approach for the writing of this song or you went through the same process as usual?
I have quite a scattered approach to writing my music, it purely depends on where I am, who I’m with or how I’m feeling at the time. I write music every day, but I also think it’s equally important to let the well refill and allow the cycle to start over.
When can we expect new music? Would you be exploring other themes and styles moving on?
I am always exploring new ideas and themes as I am quite an impulsive and indecisive character. I have been in the studio over the last 4 months recording my EP which will be released onto iTunes and Spotify this summer. Again, I am trying to home in on the best ideas as there a lot floating around in isolation; I think now it’s just a question of pulling the thread through.
What else is happening next in Sam Clines’ world?
First thing to come is the EP release. Once I have my material out, I will push it out as much as I can. Also off the back of winning Open Mic UK this year looks to be very promising, exciting, and with various opportunities coming in already I cannot wait to see what else is around the corner!