I came from Nashville, TN in 2012 to Los Angeles. I love it here and currently reside in Pasadena. I have been writing songs since about age 14.
For the past two years, I’ve really focused on my mixes and forming my own production aesthetic that pleases me.
I finally reached the point that could be generally summed up in, “Well…I guess I’m gonna have to do it myself.” It’s funny, doing something over and over again, you start to acquire better and better skills without really noticing. Then one day, you look back and think, “Damn, not bad, Andrew.”
Congrats on the release! What was your inspiration for this new single?
Released 2/19/21. Each of the songs were conceived and born in the span of a week. They are all the product of a group I am a part of called Song Club. It consists of (although there have been a few variations) 4 songwriters and producers at a time, and we usually go for four-week sessions.
During the week, we each have to write and record a multitrack recording of a new song. At the end of the week, we all text each other our song, and then we have about two days to give 3-4 sentence comments to each of the participants. This is all simply done through a group text.
After a year of this, I had 34 songs.
RARE FORM is 11 of them 🙂
“I want to add my idea of beautiful to the world, and see with whom it resonates.” – Andrew
It has been a life-changing experience. It’s been so cool to be accountable to other artists, and to get (and give) encouraging feedback to push us to expand and continue growing.
Each week is VERY intense and, this is an understatement, CHALLENGING. But each week, I come out amazed at what I was able to accomplish. It’s given me the opportunity to try new things like different song forms, fun new production techniques, or out-of-my-comfort-zone singing styles.
It’s really shed light on what I always thought writer’s block was. There is simply no time to think about that in Song Club. The clock is ticking. I make a song, regardless of my mood and feelings about it. One of the most important things I’ve learned through it all is that inspiration comes after starting (usually).
“My album is sort of a resumé of my skills. I’m not the most promotion-savvy, and that’s also something I need to work on. In the end I really just want people to say, “Andrew Samples can write a really great song.”
What was your vision for this song?
I would love to gain new listeners. I would love to open new doors, and be in the room with better songwriters, better producers, better mix engineers, so that I could continue to learn and reach more new ears. I want to add my idea of beautiful to the world, and see with whom it resonates.