Note: This is a post that was published earlier in 2018 and which I recently has somehow ended up in my draft box!! I have no idea how this is possible but wanted to return it to my blog along with its 80 likes and 160 wonderful comments! Thank you everyone again!
Sammy, I know you have studied music for a long time, since you were ten I believe. I have even had the great joy to listen to your performances both at your home, at school and in Covent Garden in London.
To me your music always express so much vitality, joy and sensitivity and I often wondered where it would take you as you grew up and took your own place in life.
Would it become your hobby and the sciences your priority? Would it become your hobby and the sciences your priority? I guess you still wonder yourself.
So Sammy, you have surprised us all by creating your first single, “MY FRIEND” whilst still 16. I am enthralled with it, its advanced musicality, its depth and also the sad but yet comforting lyrics.
I feel honoured to do this first interview with you and without further ado, we dive straight into our chat.
When did you first think about writing your own music? Was there a moment that stands out?
Sammy: I got serious about writing my own music whilst in Sweden last summer. I was walking through the forest up to a viewpoint; standing at the top, listening to “Without You” by Avicii and felt a strong inspiration to start creating my own music in a way that would make people feel the same way as I did at that moment.
When did you start creating “MyFriend”?
Sammy: I believe I started composing that in November 2017. The first thing I messed around with was the piano chords and melodies which I recorded on my phone. Whilst trying to figure this out I also was working on the lyrics which was by far the hardest part of the process for me.
Would you mind giving us an idea of what inspired this song?
Sammy: The main inspiration for this song came from both my own experiences and those that my friends had and told me about. This song was also inspired by helping friends through hard times in their lives and wanting to help in any way possible
You are a pianist so I wonder how you created all the harmonies and layers to orchestrate the song in production?
Sammy: There was a lot of trial and error with choosing the instruments and percussion sounds. Most of the chord progression and melodies the instruments are doing; such as bells and violins, echo what the piano is doing so these were quite easy to produce. I had more creative freedom with the drums because, although there was trial and error, I had a lot of fun composing the drums in a way that made the piano and vocals stand out and sound more interesting.
Are you working on any new song and if so would you mind telling us about your plan?
Sammy: I am already half way through composing my next song which I plan to release some time in May or June this year. I don’t have much more to share at this point.
Sammy, is there anything else you can add about your music and how it makes you feel?
Sammy: The response from people listening to and hearing their opinion and reaction to it has been overwhelming and makes me more confident and excited about releasing more in the future. I am very happy with the way this song has turned out and my hope is that people will continue to enjoy the song in the future.
Thank you, Sammy, for letting me do this for me unique interview. It is a first for you and for me so it is pretty special.
Sammy: Thank you for having me and I have enjoyed answering all your questions.
To read the lyrics in full press this link. My Friend:Sammy Perry:Lyrics
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