Writing by Rose Sejean
Hey Sammi! Congrats on the release of ‘Watch Yourself’ – what do you hope listeners will take from the track?
Thank you so much! After listening to ‘Watch Yourself’, I hope you feel like you could just go out and kill your demons, or anything that is has been haunting you or holding you back! The track is inspired by the need for a conversation around girl power, not the classic “go girls” kinda vibe, but the more badass, dominant side to “Girl Power” that washes away the stigma behind being a strong, independent woman. It’s about going out and killing it!
The single rocks a bit of a new vibe in comparison to your ‘usual’ sound; do you ever get nervous putting something different out there for old fans?
Yeah, I do actually – although having said that, I do like to evolve with every song I write, so change is something I try for while hoping people love it! Its scary releasing your feelings all wrapped up in a melody no matter what though! haha
If you could use 3 words only, how would you describe your sound?
Dark, Moody, Weird.
Ok, take us back in time; what was the first musician/band that truly impacted you growing up?
Honestly, it was Coldplay… Something about their sounds makes me cry and laugh all at the same time. It’s insane and I still feel that way.
During your career, how have you coped with moments of self-doubt, and has gender inequality played a part in those experiences?
I literally doubt/second guess every single breath that I take, however, I’ve learnt not to treat that as negative, but instead see it as me taking pride and being careful with my decision making in music and in life. I am a born perfectionist and it kills me sometimes, but honestly, in the end it means I get what I put in and most of the time it works in my favour because I care so much. And, of course!!! Being a woman in this industry really hard sometimes, even the simple stuff like being treated seriously. But in other ways, it’s a great time to be a female in the music industry because the opportunities for strong female pop acts are really opening up and it’s exciting.
In terms of dealing with it, I really just try to stay as true to myself as I can – that’s cliché as heck, but I don’t know how to be anyone else but me, so if you think about it, it’s easy. I don’t have time to create a version of myself that cares about the negative sides of the industry (and the world). So me dealing, is me writing about it to create awareness and keep true to me.
Let’s talk live shows; talk us through your pre-performance ritual?
Coffee andddd more coffee. I only need coffee.
And now, the studio; how do you push through those occasional ‘not-so-great’ recording sessions?
Coffee, but I also meditate. I go into a space that feels safe, encouraged and powerful again and most of the time, I come back with attitude and smash it out. Sometimes, I’ll just take the day off, you gotta rest sometimes too!
What present would you gift your 14-year-old self?
A better taste in fashion hahahahah
What have you got planned for the end of year break, and will it include a writing sesh or two?
I’m literally only writing for the next few months. It’s going to be intense.
What message would you like to pass onto our teen readers who want to get into music making?
Write about everything you experience/see/feel. Don’t stop hustling. Be the best YOU but don’t compete with your friends. BE YOURSELF EVERY SINGLE DAY. If they don’t like you, forget them. Oh and don’t quit your day job just yet.
Check out ‘Watch Yourself’ below: