Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Sam Isaac

Sam IsaacSam Isaac is a musical gem. With heartfelt lyrics and a naturally radiant singing voice, he is able to swoon people over to fall in love with his music. Sam Isaac has been an integral part of my music library for years, so when he told AMBY he’d answer a few questions for us, I was absolutely pleased. Now it’s your turn to discover Sam Isaac, so have a read where we talk about favourite lyrics, strobe lights, and all things Sam Isaac!

AMBY: Hey Sam, thanks for taking the time to chat with AMBY. What have you been up to lately?

Sam Isaac: Bit of a weird one that. I’m currently on a round the world honeymoon with my wife after getting married last July. At the moment I’m in New Zealand, travelling around in a car and seeing the sights. I’ve got a guitar out here as well so I’ve also been writing a few songs ready to lay down when I get back. Don’t worry, they’re not about bungee jumping or anything.

AMBY: Who influences you as a musician and songwriter?

Sam Isaac: As far as writing Sam Isaac songs goes, songwriters like Ed Harcourt have always influenced me. I’ve recently been loving Twin Atlantic and the new My First Tooth album, though those are more for enjoyment than having a direct influence on my music.

I’ve been trying to become more adaptable as a songwriter, in terms of writing for other artists and pitching songs for certain things. That’s meant I’ve been listening to a lot of mainstream radio stations and generally trying to listen to more pop to get a better understanding of how it’s constructed.

AMBY: What do you consider the best lyric you’ve written?

Sam Isaac: Off the top of my head: “A kite is a lie, taking its very first flight. It takes some time to reel it in even if it seems easier to jut cut the string.” From ‘Compass Scattered Love‘ all the way back in 2005 or something.

AMBY: What is the craziest thing to happen to you at a gig?

Sam Isaac: Having a strobe light flashing directly in my face several songs in a row, completely freaking out and running out of the venue and down the road to calm down.

AMBY: If you could create a law that everybody had to follow, what would it be?

Sam Isaac: Let’s introduce a maximum wage. I think that would be swell. There’s surely got to be a limit to how much one human being can really be worth.

AMBY: What’s on your iPod at the moment?

Sam Isaac: The Of Monsters and Men record – it sounds so lush.

AMBY: Fire Fire is a fantastic song, what is the story behind it?

Sam Isaac: Fire Fire is about the death of a relative, but being across the other side of the world and not being able to do anything about it. It’s kind of about shutting down your feelings and carrying on like nothing’s happened when really you shouldn’t.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

Sam Isaac: Radiohead – The Bends, Pete Yorn – musicforthemorningafter, Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning.

AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?

Sam Isaac: I would most like to be stuck in an elevator with a guitar and no-one else. You can never have enough time just to play the guitar.

I would least like to be stuck in an elevator with David Cameron. Awkward.

AMBY: Which three songs are quintessential Sam Isaac.

Sam Isaac: ‘Sticker, Star and Tape,‘Bears’ and ‘Snowstorm or Hurricane.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Sam Isaac: Hearing some music that completely changes my life – it’s always a possibility.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Sam Isaac that nobody knows yet?

Sam Isaac: It’s unrelated to anything we’ve talked about but sometimes I get paid money just to watch football matches.

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Thanks Sam, for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout

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