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INTERVIEW 03 It's What's Underneath That Counts: SAM WAY

Next in our series we caught up with Mr Sam Way, model and musician born and bred in Devon. Tipped by Clash as 'a sparkling talent just hitting his stride', his last album Archetype reached no 8 in the UK singer-songwriter charts. We spent a morning with him at Chiltern Firehouse to hear a bit more about what makes him tick.

How did you get into music?

Music was a massive part of my life as a kid. I used to come back from School and hover near the radio ready to record the latest songs onto tape. I took piano lessons for 2 years but ended up disliking my teacher so much I quit. I travelled on my own alot when I was quite young for modelling work. Back then a pen and my notebook were my silent companion and I collected reams of thoughts and observations. When I moved to London, away from my home in Devon, I had a lot of free time on my hands and my Dad suggested I picked up the guitar and started to apply myself to music again. I guess I had a lot of stories to tell inside of me, and when I started to learn how to play the guitar, simply by trial and error, songs just started pouring out of me.

What does the writing process look like, how do you start, where do you find inspiration, how long does it take?

Sometimes it takes a day, sometimes half a year. Normally it starts with an impulse, a need to communicate something, or sometimes just an idea, some words on a page. Inspiration is technically everywhere, it's just how you choose to look at it. I write a lot still, take notes from the books I read. That all helps be pull together ideas when I need too.

What are your biggest musical influences?

Without any intention behind it, I gave myself one hell of a musical education. I would randomly buy the top 3 albums of the week in DJ magazine, and trust the magazines guidance to inform my evolving taste. I would categorically steer clear of the commercial charts, and my CD collection (Still in storage somewhere in my mum's attic in Devon) became eclectic, massive and deeply informative too. There have been some artists like Eminem, and Fat Freddy's Drop, Magnetic Man, that really rocked my world so much they must have had an impact. But I think honestly just influences pass though you on the journey of the creative expression.

Thing you're most proud of in your career so far?

Getting my EP - entitled - 'Archetype' in the Top 10 of the singer songwriter charts on release day'

Best gig?

Hard to say, but one that comes to mind now. It was a small gig, to a handful of people in Bath, there was a man there who hadn't been out of the house in a while, he'd had a car accident 5 years ago and it had just turned his life upside down. I ended up chatting to him for quite a while outside of the venue sat on the bench having a smoke. He was an odd man, a bit drunk too, but I could tell, he's been really moved by the night's performance, he was buzzing about it, kept on saying how he's had a really great night, and how he was still humming my songs. It was a really touching moment.

What are you listening to at the moment?

I have a playlist on Spotify of all my fave new tunes I discover, it's mostly winter, indie electro vibes. Good for the commute. You can listen here:

What does your perfect Sunday look like?

A lie in, a walk, some banging coffee, a roast dinner, a jam session - friends over for dinner and then...... damn. A massage! I'm currently thinking how to make this happen immediately.

Do you find it easy to sleep, how do you unwind?

I honesty slept so badly last night, not sure why, I try not to get too into a screen before bed, but largely I've been sleeping well lately. Meditation and some breath work is always a great way to unwind.

Any weird sleep/morning rituals?

CBD Oil before bed, Cold showers in the morning. Straight up, no hot then cold, just cold. Cold showers have honestly transformed my life this year. Try it. If you're not a morning person, like me, you'll become one pretty sharpish.

Do you have a lucky pair of pants?

No! But now I feel I need some!

Favourite Hamilton and Hare piece?

I've now worn the Eucalyptus jersey sleep set for a good 48 hours! For real, I love it, don't want to take it off.

@iamsamway

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