Born and raised in Canada as Samuel Burchart, Samson Crowe began to learn music at a very young age. Since childhood, Samson has learned to play every instrument he could get his hands on. His fascination with the art of composing music began in his teen years, and over time he has developed a unique sound that encapsulates the magic of a wild, nomadic existence. A storyteller at heart, Samson’s music often depicts unique fictional tales that mirror the world around him. In late 2017, he created his stage identity and began to perform and write under the name 'Samson Crowe' as a way to connect his characters to his onstage presence. His debut album, 2018's 'During the Rainy Season' was a quiet, but well received release, earning itself two nominations for the Fraser Valley Music Awards, and his second album is expected to release in early 2020.
Samson Crowe’s track “Tamihi” is named after a well known creek in Chilliwack, BC, where he is from. With elements of folk, roots, rock and soul mixed with contemporary rhythms and a powerful sound, “Tamihi” is a mellow track that will make any listener relax and escape to the music. Although it is slightly haunting, “Tamihi” can be interpreted in different ways for the listener. It serves as a tribute to Samson’s hometown, but can also be taken in on a deeper level. Samson Crowe is able to relate to their listeners on so many levels, through his meaningful lyricism and finely-calibrated instrumentals, Samson Crowe establishes true connections with his fans.
Check out “Tamihi” here and read more below in our exclusive interview.
Hi Samson Crowe! Can you start by telling us more about yourself? What inspired you to start creating music?
I think a lot of musicians, whether aware of it or not, get into the trade on instinct. Looking back I think that's true for me. I grew up in a musical house and I think being around that as a child kinda normalized music as a method of communicating, so it just felt natural to learn music for myself. Just listening to music felt one sided, like being spoken to, but unable to say anything back. I had to participate.
Your voice is great! How long have you been singing for?
I began singing about seven years ago. I had this girlfriend in high school who was a skilled vocalist, so I picked up a lot of pointers from her.
What’s the meaning behind the lyrics of “Tamihi”?
There's this little bridge tucked away in the mountains called "Tamihi Bridge". It stretches over a portion of the river, and along the shore near the bridge there was an excellent spot for having campfires. This friend of mine, who is quite versed in many outdoor skills and activities, figured it was time for her to tackle learning to chop firewood. Of course being her first time, she was dreadful at it. Everyone sucks the first time they try something. The erratic flailing was a little too off putting though, and we were kinda worried somebody was gonna get stitches. I think that's where I got the lines "One reckless swing for to split the sea, one reckless swing for splitting me". Anyways, this guy, all macho like, took over the axe from her, and then also proceded to fail miserably at chopping it. It was just stubborn wood. It was a funny thing to witness. She is very competent at chopping wood now. Anyways, as the story sat in my head I started to get this idea of a character, this kinda mountaineer, lumberjack woman. Someone uninhibited and powerful. The speaker, by contrast, is a more feeble and self depreciating person. I think the song is kind of a disection, it's two halves of one's self. There's the better half that you want to pursue, and the worse half that does all the talking.
What do you hope your listeners take away from your music?
I always hope listeners connect to the characters and moods of my music. I want listeners to feel like they can walk around inside my song, and all of the music and lyrics and other such sensory clues available are convincing enough to make it feel real, in a sense. I want to immerse people and take them somewhere.
What’s next for you?
I'm working on a new record. I'm thinking of calling it "High & Wild", after a line in a Leonard Cohen song. Hoping to release in early 2020, maybe Valentine's Day for all the romantics out there, but probably not. Might not be the right mood for Valentine's Day.
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