RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LA ARTIST SAM STOKES
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
It was decided thousands of years ago before I took this form as this person – Sam. It is cosmic. It is divine. It is out of my control.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
The details of my life are in a way unimportant. It is a narrative, but it is a series of loving moments, various heartbreaks, moments of joy and sorrow. Same as the journey of any human soul. In that, those events are place holders for the emotions of joy and sorrow in all of our lives. My life as a musician and artist is to transmute those feelings, to alchemize them and create music that is both uniquely personal and universal for each soul to find itself in the narrative.
What was life like for you before music?
My mom was pregnant with me on stage days before I was born and a few days after I was born. There was “before” and no “after.” For me, it’s the same.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
Maybe the music of my mother’s heartbeat in the womb. Perhaps the music playing on the radio when I was born. Maybe a song I heard 3000 years ago and forgot until it played again at this moment. It’s undefinable.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
The world bends to you. – Jacob Collier
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
Everything is unfolding beautifully and in the exact right timing. I am grateful to be where I am today and I am grateful to witness the ever-unfolding.
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
We can operate from a place of fear or a place of love. We can operate from scarcity or abundance. We can operate from a place to secrets or a place of transparency. The artist journey is a spiritual journey. It inspires us to be clear, transparent, honest, mindful in all we create and share.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If no, why not?
A friend once described the idea that we are all contributing to the learning of a single organism, a single consciousness. Even if we are experts in the mucus of the banana slug and we spend 60 years studying that one thing, we add a very significant understanding and expansion to the breath of the whole.
So in that, we are constantly in a state of learning and unlearning. We are constantly remaining open to saying, “wow, humans thought this idea for 2000 years, but maybe that’s not accurate anymore. What about this new idea?” and so it is through our openness and playfulness we can expand, grow and learn. It is through curiosity that we expand.
What was the worst experience on stage?
The best thing about live performances is the tension. The electricity in the room that everyone on stage and everyone in the audience knows this moment only exists now. It’s fully present. Fully conscious and connected. So if something slips out of “perfection” that tension is in a way rewarded because it reminds the room that this moment is alive. When it glues back together, it’s the most rewarding thing for everyone in the room.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
3 years ago I didn’t have any concept, belief or understanding of God. As far as I knew, we are born and then we go back to the Earth. The idea of the spirit and soul is the greatest gift that I’ve received in this lifetime and the most humbling revelation.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
Everything is raw. It has little sparkle, little glam, it is just meat and potatoes.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
As I mentioned earlier, I came into the project a rather “unconscious” being. I describe it as seeing the world in black and white. Then suddenly, one day, you wake up and start seeing colors here and there. You see orange. Then you see green. Then you see blue. And what’s fascinating is when you start seeing these “colors” when the world around you still sees black and white.
So it questions your sense of reality, it questions your sense of self and your sense of knowing. I stayed curious and kept asking questions, kept learning. To then suddenly feel a deep sense of ease and calm. To feel a sense of knowing and comfort that I never experienced in my life before.
It’s not connected to any religion. It’s a sense of knowing the light and love within oneself and all those around you.
This album was the recording from unconscious to conscious. From 3D to 5D. From fear to love. And it was all by accident.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Having no expectation of what it should be.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Not a thing. It is its own life, its own creation, it is alive.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Thank you for existing. Thank you for reading and listening. Music is my gift to you. I hope that it gives you hope, love, comfort, joy and a sense of peace and connectedness to all of the life that surrounds you. It is an honor to know that you exist.