Interview to EL SAM

El Sam is back with his first release of 2024. "Fool" explores the complexities of love and lust. It is a song about finding yourself in a situation where you didn't want to be with someone, but you ended up falling in and getting fooled by the pretentious image of love.

By P.P.

3/7/20242 min read

Hi EL SAM. Welcome to AFX.

What was the role of music in the early years of your life?  Did your style evolved since the beginning of your career?

Hi AFX, thank you for having me. My journey in music started in my teenage years, it all started with poetry, my method of expressing what I was going through as a teenager growing up, the complexities of finding myself at that age. It then all progressed to songwriting and composing music which I taught myself. I don't consider myself to have a certain style of music, I love to experiment and try different genres but I certainly can say that over the year, I've found a sound that feels just right for me as an artist, which now defines me as an artist, to my listeners.

How do you come up with ideas for new songs?

I write, at the weirdest of times, when song inspirations come to me. I also have a habit of leaving a small voice recorder next to my bed, I often dream about a song idea, mainly the melody and wake up at weird times with a vague idea of what I was dreaming about, so I immediately record before forgetting. I know, it's weird but it works.

What is your preferred method of writing and producing music, alone or in a team?

I've been a solo artist since the start of my music journey, I find comfort in being alone when making music. Something about having full control of your craft feels right.

Which songwriters do you admire and why?

I am a huge fan of Lana Del Rey, an amazing songwriter and singer who I've followed the journey of since her early days.

What has been the best performance of your career so far?

I've had the privilege of performing at the main stage at Birmingham Pride 2023, to my biggest audience of over 8000 people. Absolutely my favourite performance so far.

How well do you know the music industry and its current trends?

I'm a believer in sticking to your identity as an artist and not derailing from that, so trends are a bit out of my interest, although I'm not afraid to experiment a little.

If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?

Never compare your success to anybody else's, everyone has their own journey.