In today’s getting to know I chat to Denver star Sam Mcbride about his latest album ‘Bravo Yankee’ and much more. Give it a read below!
Hey Sam! How are you today?
I am feeling good. Got 3 long overnight shifts ahead of me, but I am fortunate to have a job I really enjoy!
Oh no, well at least you love your job. I guess that makes it more tolerable!
Introduce yourself, how would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your music before? When did you fall in love with creating music?
My name is Sam and I moved to Denver from Mechanicville, NY in 2015. Writing is something I always wanted to do but never seemed to have time between work and life, and so many to-dos with trying to learn about music on my own. I had to MAKE time for it, which I did in 2018. And the reward for me has been therapeutic. Writing has helped me grow in so many ways.
Trying to be objective, I hope my music sounds unique to others (probably attributable to not taking formal lessons). I hope any listeners appreciate my weirdness, humor, and introspection on this album.
I definitely love it, Bravo Yankee is a favorite of mine!
You released your ten-track album ‘Bravo Yankee’ back in June with 100% of Bandcamp proceeds going straight to Shark research. I love the idea! What drove you to decide to do this?
Like I said above, I am super fortunate to have found a job I really enjoy and my wife is THE best (she made my artwork and an AWESOME shirt for me). I always thought if I was able to reach a point to actually write songs to my benefit, any profits could be used for good.
That's great your wife is so supportive!
Sharks are my favorite animal and there is so much to learn about them. The best way to conserve is to educate and if I can learn alongside others, through my songs, that's the goal.
Are there any artists which have heavily inspired your music? Songs which you’ve loved as a child and still love now?
Oh gosh, there are truly too many to list. I am all over the place with my personal taste in music. I will take a moment to mention a couple groups my mom introduced me to when I was young. Uriah Heep and Savoy Brown.
I have to say a standout track for me on Bravo Yankee is ‘F.E.I.M.B’, Flat Earthers in a Mercedes Benz. I love the humour and the twang of your accent. Where did the idea for this song come from?
LOL Thank you! Pronounced "Fame".... not sure if I've explicitly told anyone that yet! This song came to me in the middle of the night. With everyone in disagreement on so many topics in the world, I wanted to convey that an individual can learn things from anyone else. We should try not to judge someone until you get the full picture of them. It's not always easy, especially when someone is adamant that the Earth is flat!!!
Haha, I completely agree with that statement!
You’ve got over twenty-seven thousand monthly listeners on Spotify, wow! Did you ever dream this many people would listen to your music?
Oh, man. I worked hard just sending songs out to different people. Self-promotion has taken a toll on me. I'm pretty introverted and this has caused me to grow and give myself credit for putting my songs out there. I am thankful for every listen, and without a good cause to support I don't even know if I would have put my songs on Spotify.
You can invite three people to your dinner party – alive or dead, who would you choose, and why?
All living. My wife, my mom, and my dad. (Sorry Gabe and Heather, my bro and sis lol). We all live so far away from each other. 2020 has been rough, with minimal family visitation :/.
I agree, 2020 has been rough to see family. Good choices!
What’s your favourite song at the moment?
This is the toughest question you've asked me lol. I've personally been trying to listen to independent artists a lot more since I started this journey myself. I have a lot of these songs together on a playlist "Handpicked from the Abyss" on Spotify. (Lots of finds specifically from themword)
I’m glad I could help! I love that playlist!
I also want to shout out @Arcadiadragoons for turning me to The M Word and a few other very supportive indie music communities! He is also very talented.
The M Word is a big fan of Arcadia Dragoons!
Where do you see your music career in five years?
Hopefully still growing, learning, and raising money for good. With so much to learn instrumentally, lyrically, or production-wise I feel like that's a relatively easy goal.
Thanks so much for your time Sam, was very interesting getting to know you and finding out about your music!
Check out 'Bravo Yankee' here:
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