Interview with Sam Bradley – Performs Tomorrow 5/11 at The Southgate House

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Sam Bradley

Sam Bradley with special guest Holly Conlon, Justin WW
Wed May 11, 2011
Southgate House, 24 E Third St, Newport, KY
8pm doors / 9pm show
$10 ADV / $13 DOS
All Ages

Interview by Scott Preston

Sam Bradley has a distinct knack for writing an unforgettable song. His music meshes a combination of soul, folk, and rock – and the resulting sound continues to catch the ears of fans around the world.

Born in London, England, and educated everywhere from Hong Kong to Nashville, Bradley made his way to Canada five years ago. The less-than-anchored twenty-three year old, is a self-proclaimed “late bloomer” in the music world. He claims that his Canadian mother – Lee Lindsey – and friends were “always musical” and that “it didn’t feel like a challenge to start” learning to play. (bio written by Amanda Bell)

Sam Bradley is currently on tour in support of his latest EP, Zuni.

Cincy Groove: I noticed you have lived in quite a few different places in your life, has this influenced you in your music or just as a person?

Sam Bradley: I’m sure it has influenced my music to a certain degree, but I think it has had more of an effect on me as a person and how I think. My mother has had more of a musical influence on me.

Cincy Groove: Your latest EP, Zuni, just came out late last year, what were some of the inspirations behind the songs?

Sam Bradley: I have been touring around the U.S. for a while, playing some of the big cities for the first time, like Los Angeles, New York. So the first track, Lights, was kind of inspired by my experiences in those cities. I am standing in New York as I am speaking with you and it seems to be very busy and a bit overwhelming. I am from London, so I know what a big city is like, but New York is a city all its own.

Cincy Groove: I noticed you have a very busy touring schedule. Do you enjoy being on the road, always going to a new city each day?

Sam Bradley: I am very comfortable being on the road and I live to play music for new people. You really don’t get to experience too much of a city when you first get there or when you get ready to leave after the show. So I really enjoy getting to play in front of a new group of people each night. We are traveling in a RV so its much better than trying to drive around in a van with the band and all our equipment. We have done more than a few tours in the van, so the RV seems like a luxury.

Cincy Groove: Being from the UK, living in Canada, and touring in the US, do you feel live music is received differently by the people in each country?

Sam Bradley: I think it is, in London people are out experiencing music all the time, so it seems to be a little harder to impress them. In a small town in Canada or the US, you get more of a sense that the people have made a little more of an effort to be at the show, simply because they might not be able to see live music all the time. You get the sense that its their one night out that week or that month. In London, and really in the bigger cities in the US as well, it takes more to impress people, because that have almost constant access to live music.

Cincy Groove: I know your EP came out fairly recently, but do you have plans for a full length album?

Sam Bradley: I do have plans for a full length album. I plan on going back into the studio after this tour. Whether it is a full length album or another EP remains to be seen, as I am broke. It is quite expensive to put a full length record together. I have enough material for probably 2 albums, so we will have to see how things turn out.

Cincy Groove: I have run across a few Sam Bradley fan sites. What do you think when someone creates a site about you?

Sam Bradley: I am completely flattered. The fact that someone would take the time out of their lives to do something like that gives you a special feeling. That’s really one of the reasons I do what I do. You obviously can have a positive impact on someone’s life just by playing your music.

Sam Bradley tour dates
5/10/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop ^
5/11/11 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House ^
5/12/11 – Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag ^
5/13/11 – Madison, WI @ The Annex ^
5/14/11 – Evanston, IL @ Space ^
5/16/11 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Center ^
5/17/11 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange ^
5/18/11 – Edmonton, AB @ The Haven Social Club ^
5/19/11 – Calgary, AB @The Gateway Bar ^
5/21/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub ^
5/22/11 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater ^
5/23/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Café du Nord ^
5/24/11 – Hermosa Beach, CA @ Saint Rocke ^
5/25/11 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah ^
5/26/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café ^
5/27/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café ^
5/28/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Compound Grill ^
5/30/11 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall ^
5/31/11 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova ^
6/1/11 – Houston, TX @ Continental Club ^
6/3/11 – Nashville, TX @ 3rd & Lindsley ^
6/4/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^
6/5/11 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^
6/6/11 – Arlington, VA @ IOTA Club & Cafe ^
6/7/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live ^

^ w/ Holly Conlan