Local singer-songwriter Sammm. has just released a beautiful music video to accompany his equally beautiful song Like Us. This song is emotive with lush sounds and an honest delivery. The film clip will stir lovers of all things contemporary dance with little nods to the influences of the great choreographers Martha Graham, Isadora Duncan and Australian choreography icon Graeme Murphy and of course using more contemporary styles and influences to tell the story. The dancing in this music video is expressive and perfectly portrays the atmospheric, lilting and slightly melancholic mood. The backdrop of Brisbane’s own Tomcat also looks superb on film.
Roo had a chat to Sammm. about music, performing and what is on the horizon for this talented artist.
Can you please tell our readers about Like Us. It’s such a beautiful song. What message do you want listeners to take away from the song?
Hey Roo! Like Us was written to provide an almost dream like contrast to the other songs on my debut EP Mandarin Season. Appearing at the midpoint of the collection I wanted to express the harsh reoccurring questions one asks themselves (and significant others) when dealing with change whether it is the loss of a loved one, a haunting self-realisation and everything in-between.
The music video is beautiful. Can you please tell our readers a little about the process for making it?
In short it was one massive collaboration between a bright team of up and coming creative professionals, in reality it was one huge adventure which built in excitement each step of the way.
I have always wanted to incorporate dance into my music and I was lucky enough to be put in contact with the talented Sarah Kelly and Emily Hendon who choreographed their own routines based on their interpretation of the song and the moods I gave them. We had no idea what they had in store until the shoot and they absolutely nailed it!
Having never been involved with the film and television world working on the Like Us film clip was incredibly eye-opening experience to say the least.
What do you love about writing, recording and playing live and what can listeners expect to hear and see from you in the future?
Being able to express myself honestly is one of my most loved rewards of writing and recording my own music. I am heading into the studio next week to start working on my next release and you can expect me to touch on similar themes but portrayed in a different way. Dance beats, big bass lines and dissonance with the choice to engage on whichever level you choose to!
You have a show this Sunday at The Bearded Lady supporting touring band Lights of Berlin with Atticus Chimps and Blue Savannah Underworld. What can audience members expect from your show?
I’m quite excited about this one! I will be performing a few new songs mixed in with my favourite tracks from Mandarin Season expect an honest but sincere glimpse into what I have in store for the upcoming year! I'm struggling to keep this to myself so come along in case I ruin the surprise!