Hi Sam, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi! Thank you so much for talking with me. I have been great, thanks for asking. I am very excited because I am about to start releasing music that I have been working on since August!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Waiting On You”?
Yes! Waiting on You is going to be the first single of three, being released on all major platforms Friday, January 24th!! It’s an interesting song, and well, the whole project is interesting. The song sets the tone for this new style and genre that I have entered myself into. Listeners who have heard music from me before can be prepared to hear something that is new yet still relatively familiar to what they have heard in the past. They might be a little shocked, but that’s okay!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wouldn’t say a specific event inspired me, but rather a series of events. The song is about someone who I have unexpectedly fallen pretty hard for and over the past year or so, I started to realize that. The inspiration comes from the fact that I am not very good at expressing my feelings towards someone else, especially when it comes to relationships, and so the song sums up my experience of having to wait on this person.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
There are no plans to release a video for this one. I want listeners to be able to have their own visualizations for it. That’s one of my favorite parts about music (songs that I listen to and ones that I write). It can mean something different to every listener whether it has done with what the song is about, where they imagine themselves, or how it makes them feel in perspective to the lyrics, instrumentals, etc.
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing this song was my favorite processes so far. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to write and record with Austin Bello, formerly a member of the band, Forever The Sickest Kids, and Grammy Recording Academy voting member. His band was amongst some of the ones that I grew up in the music world listening to. He is an INCREDIBLE producer, songwriter, and person all around. When I first started writing with him back in May of 2018, I didn’t open to him about my sexuality. I had gone through some personal stuff around that time that made me sort of back up into the closet again. It wasn’t a trust thing, but more of me doing what made me feel the most comfortable. I came to the session with a couple ideas, but I think he could tell I was holding back. I wasn’t writing or singing about things that I really cared about or wanted to say (and I wasn’t). There was a long pause in the room, and right before I told him that I was gay, he looked at me and said, “Dude, I know.” I don’t know if he knows how far that went and how good he made me feel that morning. I told him about the story I wanted to talk about, and it was just remarkable. Lyrics, melodies, ideas, everything just started flowing and we put together this amazing track.
What is the story you wanted to explore behind this track?
I wrote the song about one of my best friends who I became close with over the last couple of years. After about a year, I started to realize that I was starting to like him much more than a friend. I don’t know if he is gay or not, but a lot of the time, he was kind of giving me some signs that he also wanted to be more than friends (this could also be my over analyzation of what was happening). So, the line “waiting on you” talks about me waiting for him to tell me what he wants to do, or what he wants our relationship to be. The line “tell me what your feeling, I can’t just keep waiting on you” insinuates that I can’t wait forever for him to open up and eventually, we might both end up being with someone else, even though that may not be something that we want. The story is about falling for (or being in love with) someone that may not feel the same way or for other reasons, will never feel the same way.
Was it easy for you to open up through the song?
No, I wouldn’t say it was easy. In this song, I kind of feel like I am standing on a stage reading my diary out loud to a large audience of people I don’t know. But deep down, I want people to know what it’s about. I will say that after we finished writing the song, I felt a huge sigh of relief. It felt like I had finally said out loud what I have been wanting to say for a long time. That’s one of the many great things about writing with Austin instead of in my bedroom alone. He can pull the thoughts and ideas out of head and shape them in a way that I think is beautiful and cool. Writing alone is certainly part of the process, but it has to go through the next step before it is imprinted into a piece of music.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
YES. Coming along very well. I have at least two more songs which I am very excited to release in the coming months. Waiting on You will give listeners a nice introduction into what’s to come.
Any tentative release date or title in mind for future projects?
No tentative release dates or titles to talk about at this time, but I can promise you, they are not far away.
Any plans to hit the road?
No plans set in stone yet, but something that will hopefully be happening the near future.
What else is happening next in Sam McCoig’s world?
Ever since I started playing and performing music, I have funded everything on my own. At the beginning, it was mowing lawns all summer to buy my guitar, to working 5am shifts in a pie shop to gather enough money to get into the studio. My next steps are to focus on my new job in Richmond while writing and recording with every cent and second I can spend. I’ve done things on my own for so long, I can’t say how wonderful it is to have an extraordinary team working with me.
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me! It has been such a pleasure.