RGM Introducing: We interview Australian artist Samuel jr.
G’day folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start to become an artist?
I was like 16-17 going through my first-time tripping over a girl. I used to go on long walks to and from school, and listen to Bryson Tiller, PARTYNETDOOR and Tory Lanez Soundcloud tracks and just think of this girl the whole time. One time it hit me how interesting it was that specific sounds can put a person in such an emotional state of mind, almost like a ‘depressing euphoria’ and from that point I knew that was my calling.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
I’m a solo artist, who started as a producer for 3 years before I decided to start recording.
Its great that you have messaged us all the way over in Australia, how did you hear about RGM from the other side of the world?
I found RGM through ditto music. They are actually very helpful.
Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
When you dropping?
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Too much effort to care to be honest. But hey anything is possible
What support is out there for new artists in Australia ?
I’m a fan of some of the other artists out there, especially from my city, however the music scene is really young, so it may need a couple more years to properly flourish, maybe more. A lot of my friends are artists and they got a whole lot of unreleased bangers.
Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Australia unsigned scene?
With all due respect, I don’t feel like the Australian music scene is at the stage where I see myself inspired by other artists, but I do take a lot of inspiration from the underground Toronto scene.
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
I got really quick reflexes, its weird because I can be really clumsy but whatever I bump or drop I end up still catching.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I haven’t had a whole lot of performing experience but every time I perform I’m having the time of my life.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I haven’t really had one
If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them?
I don’t mess with aliens… Sorry
If you could play any music festival which would it be?
Rolling Loud & Coachella, they got the biggest crowds
Whats your biggest achievement as a band/Artist?
I haven’t reached any proper milestones I’d be really proud of, but I’ll definitely get there soon.
What makes you stand out as a band/Artist?
I don’t know anyone from Australia, doing hip hop/rnb, that has this level of experimentation and attention to detail in production.
Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus )
Not enough love and support in the Australian music scene for upcoming artists.
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?
Whats your favourite song to play live and why?
It’s a song called ‘my luv’ featuring the homie, Seup. That gets mad love every time we perform it. That songs dropping net year, pretty sure.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
I’ve just released M92, with a dope music video. As of right now, Im working on releasing a new track at the end of October.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I had made this song a little over a year ago, but it had a more club trap instrumental. Over the year I was discovering myself and my sound a whole lot more. I knew the song had potential so I deconstructed the whole track. And this is how it came out.
What was the recording process like?
All alone, no engineer no producers not another soul around me. That helps me focus and gives me that patience to know I can take as long as I want on each track. I also work in the dark, I hate lights. Music always sounds better in the dark.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single/album?
It wasn’t really a learning curve but during the making of this track, I learnt to feel a sense of self-acceptance of the fact that if I want to make my music as unique and experimental as I desire, I have to be at peace with the fact not everyone will enjoy my music. And that unlocked so much freedom in my creative space.
Would you change anything now its finished?
Nah, Im focused ahead of me right now
What are your plans for the year ahead
More music, hopefully over time our lockdown in Sydney will be over and I’ll be able to perform and hopefully start opening for much larger acts.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Follow me on Instagram (@saintpyrex) to stay updated and subscribe to my website (https://saintpyrex.com) for updates as I have a big rollout of better music throughout the rest of this year and the next.