Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Sam Eagle find out more about him...
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from Colchester, in Essex, in England, in the United Kingdom. My sister used to give me a tonne of music to listen to when I was really little. Then I got a guitar when I was about seven after seeing School Of Rock, but gave it up for a few years because I sucked and got bored, but then I got super into it again and it's stuck and now is all I do really.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I was little Radiohead and Grizzly Bear were the big ones, and a band called Portico Quartet was one of my favourites, I also listened to Roy Ayers loads and also Dr John. Now I still listen to all those but I have been really influenced by Sufjan Stevens and Elliott Smith recently as songwriters I think they're both amazing. Lyrically I find people like Jad Fair and Daniel Johnston really funny and cool.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say it's pretty easy going, maybe a bit happy in places? Maybe a bit sad in other places? Generally though a lot of pots and pans instead of drums, which I know sounds horrible but I think it sounds cool... I got an EP out called 'Moon Jelly' which is probably the most sure sound that I have found for the moment.
What’s your local music scene like?
There are a lot of really talented and lovely people around the Colchester area, some cool venues too. There's always something going on too with any kind of music you want really. Sometimes can be completely dead but sometimes it can also be fucking mad! There are a lot of musicians and bands in the college I'm at too so there are always a lot of young people about which is really cool.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I would really like to gig as much as I possibly can next year after finishing A levels, work really hard and focus on pushing my music as hard as I can. It would be wicked to do some festivals for sure, and of course it would be very cool to make an album! Probably just going to be recording as many bits and bobs as I can, and gig it all in as many places as I can. I would also really like to start working on some film music somehow if I can, just always been something that I've been really interested in.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
If it was anyone in the world then probably Trent Reznor because I think he's a genius and just insane and it would be really funny because our musical styles are completely opposite.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
It's not whilst playing but I was once playing drums for a band and forgot my whole drum kit somehow.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I make music videos with my friend Jasper, which I think are quite funny. Maybe that?