We had the good fortune of connecting with Sam L Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sam L, why did you pursue a creative career?
It’s mainly because I feel like my biggest strengths as a person are within the arts/music. they say you should always pursue what your good at doing, and I honestly feel that i’m REALLY good at writing and recording and performing music, and that’s the primary reason as to why I chose that for a career. I honestly don’t see myself doing anything else for a career so that’s why I chose music. I am also fully aware of the immense amount of competition I have with other people who are just as good if not better then me, but I also realize I have certain characteristics about me that make me stand out from my competition, such as my strong passion for Oldies/60’s Music at my tender young age of 25 (which is quite an unusual thing to be honest with you).
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a musician/songwriter/producer and current podcast host. when it comes to my music, stylistically, my music harkens back to the 60’s but there are certain things about it in regard’s to my song’s production that make it sound slightly more modern but at the same time, a throwback to a completely different time other then right now. I play all of the instruments on my songs and produce them but sometimes I will have an outside musician play on a certain track or sing on it if the song calls for that.
In regards to my song’s lyrics, most of my songs are told from the perspective of a young man who struggles to have success in his love life, and often gets rejected either because the girl he likes is seeing someone else, or he gets very close to sleeping with a girl, then she changes her mind. Most of my songs come from a very real and personal place of a lack of confidence with women, but occasionally I write songs from an outside perspective that isn’t necessarily mine, and I use my imagination whenever I write those songs. I am continuing to become better with attracting the opposite sex, so this often times shows within the lyrics of my songs, but I hope my songs will become relatable to other guys out there who have experienced the same things I have experienced either in the past or right now in their life and will be able to relate to my songs.
I have three singles out now. Turquoise Apricot and She Said No and Keep Her In My Back Pocket. My EP will come out on May and all of my new music is getting released under my name Sam L Williams.
I also currently do a podcast on the education and preservation of 60’s music as an expert/savant of that particular decade of music. I have done years of research on that music and I have also interviewed several people who were there and were apart of the music industry back in the 60’s and this all came from a love/passion for Oldies Music that I developed when I was about 9/10 years old. I was listening to an Oldies radio station at that time that played a lot of 60’s and early 70’s songs and that is where I first heard a lot of the music I know and love today. The goal with it is to educate millennials on 60’s music and hopefully open their minds to other artists & songs from that era other then the ones that everyone knows, as I am a Millennial myself. It’s very weird for a 90’s kid to be crazy about 60’s music, but I hope to not be the only young person who’s crazy about that music one day and that is the ultimate goal/mission with my podcast. It’s called the Millennial Throwback Machine and you can find it wherever you can listen to podcasts.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The Grammy Museum of LA Live in DTLA would be stop number one for me. It’s the only museum in LA that is 100% dedicated to music and the education of rock & roll history. It’s like LA’s own Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame museum. I love the place so much because I truly admire their dedication to music and teaching people about the music industry, as well as enlightening them on parts of popular music history many people are completely unaware of. I hope to one day go their more again soon as things continue to open back up in LA and we slowly but surely go back to normal and people continue to go back out again as the pandemic slowly subsides.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank my school, Jazz Hands For Autism (based in Culver City), for helping me achieve my career goals and getting me inches closer to achieving the goals that I want to achieve with my career in music. They have went above and beyond what I was expecting in regards to helping me out with certain weaknesses that I have musically and they continue to do so. I am thankful to have them as a helpful support tool in my life for my music career. The school is run by Ifunanya Newke.
Other: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/samlwilliams/turquoise-apricot–she-said-no https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/samlwilliams/keep-her-in-my-back-pocket https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-millennial-throwback-machine/id1375577054 https://open.spotify.com/show/1CF2MjYpOLQzp8yMWYqUIw
Photos by Nicole Catherine Photography and Myke Wilken Photography.