We were fortunate enough to catch up with musician SAMANTHA GIBB, following the release of her excellent single, ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’. Enjoy below!
Hi Samantha, tell us about yourself?
Hi there! I am a singer-songwriter born and raised in Miami Beach, FL and based in Nashville, TN : )
What is your songwriting process?
I have a writing partner named Lazaro Rodriguez, whom I’ve been working with for over 20 years, so we definitely have a process. We like to start with a couple of chords and a conversation. We always chat with any songwriters we are working with about what’s going on in our/their lives or even the current events that might be affecting us. It helps to keep the songwriting as authentic and genuine as possible.
Tell us about your latest release, ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’?
The song is really about growing up and growing apart from somewhere or someone that might not have been a great influence on you but how ultimately, the experience helped you grow. It’s about living with no regrets.
You are based in Nashville; what’s the music scene like there post covid?
I think, like everywhere, Nashville suffered a big hit, but the music scene is still thriving. I think Nashville became very resourceful during Covid times and learned how to adapt. The community out here is pretty amazing. When something happens, they really make a plan, and people come together.
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
Self-love, empowerment, freedom, gratitude, self-help, positivity. That’s what I hope people can take away from my music.
Who are your musical influences?
I guess to name a few; I would have to say, Ani DiFranco, INXS, Mazzy Star, the Beach Boys, Fiona Apple, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Garbage, Tom Petty, John Lennon, Billie Holiday, Cake, Frente. I am inspired by many: )
Who are your non-musical influences?
When it comes to music, I think everyone and everything around me is an influence. Situations influence me. I am very much an empath, and I always love to write about the things people might be feeling but don’t know how to say.
What draws you to the alternative-pop genre?
This genre allows me the freedom to be independent and create the art that comes naturally and not from some labelled exec telling me what to do because something is trending.
What scares you most when releasing music?
I don’t think anything scares me about releasing music. I just always hope that it connects with people and that something good comes out of it.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
I would say, hands down, marketing. There is just so much flowing out there; sometimes, the music just gets lost in the mix unless you have good marketing on your side.
What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?
Always stay true to yourself and take time with your sound. Explore music. And most definitely, film everything! The journey is what people want to see now. Just keep creating music and stay focused. Just because something is trending doesn’t mean you have to be a part of it. Just find yourself and what makes you different.
What are your hopes for the next two years?
To communicate and reach out to as many people as possible through my music. Maybe a show or two: ) Taking it day by day, but I look forward to more songwriting and collaborating with others.
FVMusicBlog October 2022