Sam Handy began penning songs in 2016; a year later, during a studio session in Newbury, he ran into producer Ed Stokes, who collaborated on his hit song, ''She Lit Up the Floor.'' They'veThey've been working together ever since.
With the successive releases, he moved into a more experimental alt-pop territory. This style and sound come naturally to the up-and-coming singer-songwriter. Sam Handy is now ready to bring listeners a piece of his latest single, "Done," as he encourages us to soak up the feel-good vibes.
Touring the glorious harmonies accompanying the jaunty and upbeat energy portrayed in the record, it's relatively easy to fall into the infectious grooves filtering through the speakers. Sam Handy has a unique vocalization that invites us into a jazz-like ambiance in the alternative pop territory. "Done" brings a lively feel to the theme of saying goodbye to toxic relationships.
Acting as the sonic middle finger that powerfully establishes itself in a realm of emotion-filled ballads that tend to rock the broken relationship boat, there's a vivacity and sign of life that comes from the hopeful glimmers sparked up. Sam Handy's melodic range is rather impressive as we dig deep into the nitty-gritty of "Done." Upon a minimalist instrumental that complements the full-bodied croons heard on this track, it's a seamless blend of simplicity and moving forward that brings this song to the top of our radar.
With "Done" being his most recently released piece, there's a beauty that comes from the unknown as Sam Handy gears up for his next single launch. Eager to treat our ears to the sounds he has in store for us, we highly recommend that listeners check out "Done" and see what all the hype is about.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, SamHandy, and congratulations on the release of your latest single, "Done." It's genuinely refreshing to hear such a unique approach to a song that signifies the end of toxicity. What inspired you to approach the song in this manner?
I wanted to write a song that could hit back. To show independence and growth in an individual, without being too generic and soppy. It’s about a cruel and toxic person, but I didn’t want to stoop to their level. I wanted to show them up and call them out, whilst remaining the gentleman. I wrote this song to be on the offensive, but without the aggression. At the end of the day, he/she isn’t worth it, and it’s about being better than them.
What was the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of the inspiration leading you to write on this subject matter?
I had been listening to a lot of neo-soul. Anthony Hamilton and D’Angelo, are artists I absolutely love listening to again, and again - on my good days, and my worst. I had to write a song that was reminiscent of that era, but I had to stay true to myself. I wasn’t going to fake it, so I remained somewhat the pop artist but truly dug deep for this new sound and style. That humbling attitude and daring lyricism. How does "Done" speak to who you are as an artist and individual?
As an artist, I believe it showed me that I could be more experimental with my sound. That I can really push myself instrumentally and be more ‘poetic’ lyrically. I found it hard to write a song like ‘Done’ because it was so easy to be generic and cheesy. I found I was able to walk that fine line after plenty of trial and error. As an individual, I discovered the more important values in my life. And I cherish them even more after this time in my life. Could you please share a glimpse into what the creative process looked like when bringing "Done" to life? Are there any memorable moments? I spent hours figuring out the chord progressions I wanted to use, and how I could make them more impactful rhythmically. I really wanted to push the boundaries of my melodies and harmonies. I spent weeks getting the lyrics right. Originally, the song was a lot ruder and vicious, so I had to take some words out and take a step back from the aggression! Then it was sounding too cheesy and too obvious. So I spent forever perfecting the structure, and timing, of each line and phrase. Eventually, I thought I should record an acoustic guitar solo, something out of an old Western movie. It took me several hours to figure out that solo, and another hour to record it perfectly. By the end of the recording process, my fingertips were white with blisters!