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INTERVIEW: Sam Era

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

Hey VENTS! I’ve been great! Thanks for the welcome!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Nothing Was The Same”?

Nothing Was The Same is really my debut single so it really means a lot to me.  It’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever done, and the fastest I’ve ever written a song.  I think it set the tone for the rest of my material, and my vibe as an artist, which was really important to me.  It’s really a classic story of unrequited love, and feeling like you’re never good enough in a relationship.

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

Actually not a particular event, more like a particular feeling.  Pretty much all of the songs on my album are about one particular person.  And even though I haven’t seen or talked to this person in probably 4 years, there was a time when I would have these deja-vu like flashbacks of the feelings I felt about them and I just couldn’t shake it.  It would almost transport me back in time, back to that exact place, that exact feeling.  Nothing Was The Same was kinda inspired from that time, it was basically like my hail mary to him towards the end of that relationship.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes we do!  We actually shot it a few weeks ago, it was Directed by Matt Johnson, and we plan on releasing it on October 1st.

How was the recording and writing process?

I love the recording and writing process so much, its very therapeutic to me to reflect on my past experiences and put them to music, it’s why I do this for sure.  I’m actually working on a second project right now, so it feels nice to get back into the groove of recording and writing.  The writing process for the first record however, was a little bit different, because I wrote the songs about 4-5 years ago, and only one of the songs, did I actually write while we were recording the album.  For that album the recording process, which took over 3 years, was more about finding the right producer to define my sound, which is how I met Devon Hancock, my current producer about a year and a half ago.

What role does Phoenix play in your music?

Honestly it’s crazy even though I was raised here and have spent most of my time here, the city I really developed my writing in is Tucson, which is where I went to college.  I love Phoenix, it’s the city where I live and I’m able to create my art the way I always wanted to now.  Phoenix has been amazing for my music, because I have met so many talented people who have helped me develop my art and inspired me along the way.  But I never really took song writing completely seriously in terms of trying to express myself and define my own sound until I went to college, which is why I think Tucson played a huge role in my writing style.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are covering someone else rather than in your own?

Yeah I do.  Its completely different because when I am recording my own song, I try to be as familiar with it as I possibly can be, so I can communicate every aspect of it vocally the way I have intended to in my mind, and also to make sure my voice is communicating all of the correct emotional nuances.  When I cover someone else’s song I try to be as unfamiliar with it as I possibly can be, so I’m bringing my own style and flavor to the song.  I may not even know the words to a cover song until the day I record it.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes it does!  The second single “The Worst Thing” is dropping pretty soon actually on October 12th.  The album will be coming out in January, and it’s going well!  We’ve actually had it done since April, so we’re excited to get it out into the world and to have people finally hear it!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The album is called Songs for the Broken Heart, and it will be out on January 11th.  If you’ve ever had your heart broken, which I think most of us have, you will definitely find something to relate to in the album.  There are love songs, party songs, break up songs, make up songs, cheating songs, everything you can think of that happens in a relationship.  I wrote the whole album about one relationship, that I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on, so I wanted to make sure I covered every facet of it so people could listen to it and find something they’ve been through.

Any plans to hit the road?

None yet but looking to!  Just want to make sure we know what cities to hit up.

What else is happening next in Sam Era’s world?

Two more singles and an album, and a second project that will be an EP in summer of 2019.  There’s a lot more songs coming your way, and you’ll really get to see who I am as an artist as things continue to develop.

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