Recently we featured the melancholic music of Andrew Samuel who’s surging through the indie underground down under. We thought it would be fun to get to know Andrew and his music a little better.
Let’s get to know you, the artist and your music a little better. What attracted you to the styles you practice?
Acoustic music just has always been the simplest way for me to play and write music.
How long have you been making music? Have you been performing or sharing it with the public all that time?
I started guitar at 12, so almost 15 years of playing and writing songs. I have been releasing music as a solo artist for around 2 years now.
Who or what influences your writing and performance?
Tallest man on earth, Bob Dylan, Destroyer.
It seems all creative people go through rough patches or writer’s block of some sort. What motivates you to keep going?
It seems to be a constant rough patch. I think having done it so long, it’s just part of who I am now. Writing music is a constant battle, but the moments of flow when a good songs comes your way are some of the best life has offered.
Were you trying to accomplish something different or specific with this project – creatively or otherwise?
I wanted to see if I could put my lyrics front and centre and make them the focus. See if I could create something that doesn’t have to fit the rules.
What was the last song you listened to?
Gretta Ray – Unexpected Feeling
Do you prefer a certain medium for listening – vinyl, CDs, mp3, reel-to-reel, Pono,(lol sort of)?
mp3 always on headphones.
If you had to choose one place to host your music, would you prefer Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, or … ?
I think Spotify is the easiest platform.
Do you ever feel as if your tunes are lost in a sea of music? What are one or two of the biggest challenges you face when trying to attract new listeners?
Absolutely. Just trying to get people who don’t know you to take a chance and have a listen.
Are you playing on live stages, clubs, bars, the local town picnic, festivals?
Currently on tour in Australia – Brisbane to Hobart.
Do you ever stream your performances over the net? Where can music lovers see you perform?
I have a youtube channel, but don’t post a lot of live videos.
Where is the best place to connect with you online and/or discover more of your music?
Can you share an anecdote or tale of woe or inspiration like a story about an out-of-touch club manager, your favorite fan interaction, broken busses, or you know… just some experience in your musical journey you’ll never forget?
Getting wasted on stage at the end of a high school concert and swearing at the crowd, and my drummer. He wanted me to give up guitar and play piano. [ed: hey did we go to the same high school? 🙂 ]
Sailing yacht, catamaran, bass boat, or kayak?
Place on Earth you must visit some day
Batman or Spiderman?
Left with a choice of one instrument, which would you keep?