I am great thank you, gratitude for the consideration.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Embrace”?
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It was more a series of events that inspired the song, a series of life circumstances that were really hard to accept that ultimately had me feeling super challenged. That moment when you can either give in or break through, or turn away or embrace it. “Embrace” was born from that moment, when we have to accept and acknowledge our reality as it is before we can change it.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, I will create a video for “Embrace” soon.
The single comes off your new album Into The Light – what’s the story behind the title?
The album is founded on the premise that all life on this planet at this time has come to an ultimatum moment, where we are realizing we cannot go on the way we are if we are to uphold balance within ourselves, and our natural world.
We are presented with a massive choice, to try to actively help things to change or just keep waiting and hoping they will. It is in this time now that everything is coming into the light. Both individually and as a collective we are almost being forced to shed those things that are no longer serving us, and the earth is doing the same. Everything is moving into the light.
How was the recording and writing process?
Ha, it has been a long journey for sure. I have written an abundance of music this last few years. I was originally thinking of creating an acoustic album of eleven selected songs, then I selected the most resonant from this body of work. I then shared these ideas within the dynamic of a really brilliant band I had in Brazil, and then another band in California and then another in Asia. I would record with bands at the end of tours then refined down the selection and decided to develop the Into The Light album into an album of full compositions. But there had to come a point where I just had to stop adding so there are now two following albums already lined up. I have recorded in several world class studious from Chackymuna in the Balinese forest to renowned studious including Jackson Brown’s, 4th Street, DAS, Warner Bros. Ultimately I ended up getting some of the best results in my inbuilt music studio inside my RV in California.
I wrote and recorded every song, every instrument part, then produced and mixed every composition, then bounced and sent every file to my incredible mix engineer for final mixing. I had lost a couple of recordings along the way due to poor studio formatting …. Needless to say I am bursting to share this now.
Having fans from various countries – do you try to fuse different styles and what not into your music?
Firstly I am grateful for my loyal global ever growing fans xx
I don’t really try as such. I had what I would describe as a very long observational and absorbing phase of my music path where I got to experience lots of different styles, but the essence of my music was there the first time I wrote a song at 12 years old.
I grew up in a pioneering musical scene in bristol in the south west of the uK, that has birthed the genres of trip hop, dubstep, drum n bass, and new age folk, to name a few. Regardless of these genre names, it’s just been an epicenter of new sounds i.e. Portishead, Massive Attack, etc Growing up no one was concerned about being on top of the pops or winning shiny awards, it was all about making something super deep, purposeful, beautiful and heart moving, because that’s what moved us all in the first place, the power to communicate something real, and that has never changed.
I feel that still fully present in my music.
Having said that yes I have studied my craft all over the world and learnt form great masters, some whom I HAVE SHARED TIME IN BANDS TOO. Brasil really dropped me into to the dance of melody and poetry, Brasil I played so much with different rhythms maracatu….
What aspect of your life and personal struggles did you get to explore on this record?
All of them – I could write a book here but words are limited–that’s why we have music. For this response you will have to listen to the album, it’s all in there, even in the titles. Learning to – Forgive – being – Broken Open – importance of our Guardians – having to let go and trust like the River – deep healing from the Inside Out – and so grateful for life’s magic and Wonder.
Any plans to hit the road?
Right now I am on the road, touring Asia, Bali – China – Hong Kong – New Zealand this time. But still based in Brazil. At this point I am just following where the best opportunities are and where I can best be in service with my music.
What else is happening next in Samuel J’s world?
Well what really motivates me is to contribute to the greater good of this world though the power of music, to inspire positive change. I have built schools for impoverished children and helped to clean up polluted oceans, and in doing this work I came to a strong realization:
We can influence positive change, with a far greater impact once we have a greater global recognition and following as an artist. The focus is to now really get this music out to the world so I can then direct focus towards those causes that uphold what is most valuable in our world, which for me is protecting nature and the well being of the planet. I am working all the time in collaboration with ocean.care and the Indonesian international no plastic campaign and with Sea Shepherd – A luz helping poor children in South America. However I can be way more supportive to all of this if I realize my dream to captivate the world with this music….. Into the Light we go.