Having established a huge following along the South Coast of England and beyond, amassing over 1.5 million streams on Spotify alone and playing live to over 30,000 in 2019, singer and songwriter Sam Calver has now unveiled the fourth and final cut lifted from his forthcoming new EP 'HOME', entitled 'River'.
As an artist that always looks to draw inspiration from personal experiences, 'River' is a smooth and humbled new offering that sees him bare his soul from start to finish. With its bright and soaring atmosphere, coupled with the Hastings-based frontman's own beautiful vocals, this new release looks set to see him grow even faster throughout this year.
So with his new EP out tomorrow (22nd May), we grabbed a quick chat with him to find out more about what first inspired him in his music and what a young Sam Calver looked like.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Guitar was the first instrument I played. My Dad plays so there were always guitars around the house. Piano came next and then drums as I got more into production.
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
The best inspiration for me so far has been the birth of my son River last year. I've written more songs than ever and he’s really made me look to home for inspiration in my songwriting.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
I listened to everything from Rage Against The Machine to Nas to Limp Bizkit and Prodigy. Good times!
Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?
I don’t think there was one song in particular but there were definitely a few artists I heard growing up that really made me fall in love with music and realise that’s what I wanted to do. My parents played everything from Fleetwood Mac to Jimi Hendrix and all the old Motown records so they were my first influences.
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
Depends what the weathers doing, past couple of weeks I've played a lot of Finneas’ EP and also Kevin Garratts album HOAX.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
Everything I’ve written for the past 2 years I would say are all about people in my life and personal situations. I’ve always tried to make songs personal but i think only the last couple of years I’ve really found what I want to write about.
What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?
I think selling out the De La Warr to 1,500 people in my hometown was one of my proudest moments so far.
Outside of music, what is your biggest passion?
Family and friends, I also love to cook.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
I actually think I would have followed in my grandfather's footsteps and become a chef.
And what advice would you give to other musicians looking to stay productive through the coronavirus lockdown?
The way I look at it all right now is that for the first time we are all on a level playing field. No fancy photoshoots or videos, or big label promos. It’s all down to what you can create and achieve yourself right now and how much effort you’re willing to put in. I love that.
Sam Calver's new single 'River' is available to stream and download now, and his new EP' HOME' is being released on the 22nd May. Have a listen to 'River' in the player below.