We had the good fortune of connecting with Sam Weber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sam, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My experiences and thoughts on risk pertain to the music business. When I started playing music, the mere process of doing so felt risky. Many of my friends had parents who worried about them foregoing a secure profession in pursuit of what might amount to a frivolous pass-time. I think parents hate to see their children suffer, but I don’t think kids want to suffer either. In the case of trying to make music for a living, it can be hard to reconcile spending thousands of dollars on equipment and allotting endless time to learning a craft only to struggle to achieve sustainability or thrive in a ruthless business. Three or so years ago I had the opportunity to sell all my shit and spend a ton of money to do the record of my dreams here in Los Angeles. As a kid from a small town in Canada most Canadians have never even heard of (North Saanich, BC), the opportunity felt terrifying, unprecedented and also everything I ever wanted. When I tell people about making that choice, most agree that biting the bullet and doing it was a no-brainer. But at the time many people I trusted were cautionary about making such a bold move. It was the kind of financial outlay that would take years to pay back. Reflecting now on the decision to do it, making that record in Los Angeles lead to a wonderful life here, meeting my partner, falling in love, collaborating with my heroes, and countless more experiences I now consider to be cornerstones of who I am. And no one can say other opportunities wouldn’t of come instead of this one, but who knows what could have been. I guess what I’m angling on here is when you take big risks, you usually have a pretty good idea what you stand to lose, but it’s impossible to know what you stand to gain. If you make bold moves when it feels right, what you stand to gain could prove invaluable in the long run. As long as the decisions position you to want to get up in the morning and fight for what you want every day, what more can you ask for?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Honestly I don’t know what sets me apart from the legions of singer-guitar player people in Los Angeles. I just really love playing music and creating meaningful stuff with people I love. I’ve had some crazy good luck and am surrounded by the most amazing community of artists and friends. The biggest lesson I’ve learned along away is the best thing you can do to get deeper and move forward in your respective craft is to keep learning and getting better. There will always be people that find success in spite of that, but for the sake of our my well-being, I don’t think there’s anything more important than being able to rely on my passion as a source of pure, unadulterated, bliss.
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?
We’ve been living in Hollywood and there is nowhere better in the whole city than the Hollywood Reservoir when you need a break from the concrete. It only opened to the public in 2013 so lots of local people haven’t even been up there yet.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My friend and producer Tyler Chester. The sonic warlock of Glassell Park.