Meet The Music: Samia
NYC's Samia is a talented singer-songwriter that has been a part of the City's music scene for the past few years. Samia immeditly captures your attention With her distinctive vocals and powerful, yet sometimes humorous lyrics. Without a doubt, samia is someone you want to keep an eye on. We recently had the opportunity to talk to samia about Life, Music, And kissing cereal mascots.Check it out!
Rapid Fire Questions 1. Why is Ray Romano so lovable?
Ice Age 2. Are the Ice Age movies historically accurate?
Indubitably. 3. My friend Lily recently moved to California. I miss her. Can you give her your best piece of advice?
David Bowie said, “don’t let me hear you say life’s taking you nowhere, angel.” 4. What was the first album you ever bought? Pink’s I’m Not Dead 5. What is it like to be friends with Bruce Wayne?
He is very sweet 6. This one time I was at a Father John Misty show and in between songs I yelled “More like DADDY John Misty.” Can you tell him I said I’m sorry for that?
I’m happy to write another song. 7. Best way to become famous in the next 3 years so I can die by the time I’m 27?
Partner with Jake Paul and give me ten percent 8. What have you been listening to lately? Phoebe Bridgers 9. Can you do a cover of “Dancing Queen” by ABBA?
Yeah but my dad can do it better 10. Which cereal mascot do you think would be the best kisser?
Chip the Wolf
BL: Can you introduce yourself? Samia: I’ve been playing shows in New York for the past six or seven years and recording with various projects/bands. Finally released my first single, Welcome to Eden, in January of 2017 and then released two more, Someone Tell the Boys and The Night Josh Tillman Listened To My Song, independently that year before signing with Grand Jury. Just released a song with them called Django that I’ve been playing live since i was seventeen. BL: You’re such a talented person. Not only are you an amazing singer & songwriter, but you’re a talented actor as well. Can you talk to us a bit about your acting career? Samia: Thank you! I’m really proud to have been in a play at Lincoln Center called The Wolves that had a few different iterations off-broadway and recently shot an episode of a TV show called Gotham. Acting is another great outlet and certainly informs my songwriting!
BL: You’ve quickly become one of my favorite songwriters after only listening to a handful of singles. What is most important when it comes to writing? Samia: Wow, thank you! Honesty and empathy, I think.
BL: You recently released a new single “Django” and it’s absolutely amazing. Is it ever scary being vulnerable or is it more like an outlet?
Samia: Both! I wrote the song four years ago so I’ve grown more comfortable sharing it with time. Somehow I was already looking down at myself with amusement while I was writing it, even though it was genuinely agonizing. I love singing the song now; it feels like I’m having a conversation with my seventeen-year-old self. BL: . . .You met Dave Grohl??
Samia: Once, on the street!! He was nice. BL: Who are some people that you’ve met and have been able to connect with? Samia: As soon as I met my mother i knew it was a match.
BL: Your mom is Peggy Hill, right?
BL: What music did you grow up listening on? Samia: It ranged from Sondheim to Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday. Once I got into Nirvana there were a few years of pure Bleach. BL: Do you remember your first concert?
Samia: I think it was Melissa Etheridge. BL: The first song of yours that I heard was “Someone Tell The Boys” what inspired that that song? You know… besides dudes being jerks.
Samia: I’d be picking at my nails for hours in someone’s dorm room and silently bathing in their infinite guitar jam until I couldn’t stand it. The song really should be called, “Samia, stand up and walk out of this room”. BL: My personal favorite is “Welcome to Eden.” What is the story behind that song?
Samia: Thank you! I lost some friends and was trying to understand my own culpability. BL: What do you hope that your music evokes in listeners? Samia: Tears/laughter or freeze vision. BL: Was there a specific moment where you realized that you wanted to pursue music? Samia: Always. Especially when I got into poetry in the sixth grade; I had a great teacher who taught us William Carlos Williams and Anne Sexton. That’s when I really started writing. BL: What do you want to accomplish with/through you music? Samia: I really love hearing stories about how people connect with my songs; makes me feel like I’m not writing in vain. I hope I can keep hearing those. BL: Who would you consider you musical and nonmusical influences? Samia: Father John Misty, David Bowie, Morrissey, Nirvana, Sufjan, Janis, Karen O, Maya Angelou, Trisha Paytas, my peers, my boyfriend, my family... BL: Is there anything that you do before every show? Samia: I stretch and cry BL: Do you have a most memorable onstage moment ?
Samia: Last week I mounted a consenting stranger and I remember that moment fondly. BL: What is something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know? Samia: I love YouTube personalities (influencers?) BL: What does”success” look like to you? Samia: Love and family and comfort! BL: What can we expect from Samia in the near future? Samia: More songs!! More shows!! A learner’s permit! BL: And to wrap things up, do you have any questions for me? Samia: Which of the following methods is used to turn around on a narrow, two way street? a two point turn method a four point turn method a three point turn method a single point turn method
BL: I honestly have no idea, dude. I got my license when in Texas when I was 16. They basically handed it to me and told me not to die.
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