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Interview: Newcomer, Sammy Rash, talks his beginnings, sound, and newest single “summer&cigarettes”

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At just 18, newcomer, Sammy Rash has made an opening for his music career with a monthly listener count of over 200,000 on Spotify alone. Rash has been seen on many For You Pages on Tik Tok. With his beachy pop sound originating in Hermosa Beach, CA his music makes listeners keep coming back for more. His newest single “summer&cigarettes” has seen accelerated success with over 300,000 listens. His addicting melodies and accompanying lyrics are sure to have anyone rooting for his future success. Rash may be at the start of his career, but you would never know with his polished sound.

I had the opportunity to talk to Sammy about his beginnings, sound, and newest single “summer&cigarettes”.

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How did you get into creating music?

I started making music last year around April/May. I played a little guitar, but I always thought it would be way cooler if I could sing too. I was super insecure though, so I would go out to my car every night from like 11pm to 4am and just practice singing. After a few weeks of singing other people’s songs, I tried to make my own. One night I brought my laptop out to my car, opened up garage band, and made my first song. From there I fell in love with making music I haven’t really looked back since.

What is your earliest memory of music?

My earliest memory music really resonating with me is probably around middle school. When I was in 7th grade, I was super into like Flume and electronic music with crazy drops. My earliest memory of making music is last year in my car!

How did you discover your sound/ How would you describe your sound?

I’d say I still don’t really know what “my sound” is I’m definitely still discovering it, but I’d probably describe it as like chill pop.

What is the story behind your newest single “summer&cigarettes”? 

“summer&cigarettes” is kind of making fun of how superficial things like drugs and partying are so glamorized. I’m one of the only people I know who isn’t wrapped up in partying every weekend, so I wanted to make a song that could maybe help other people realize they don’t have to do these things to be cool. I feel like the lyrics “just cause you’re a star no it doesn’t mean you shine” really encapsulates that concept.

Check out “summer&cigarettes” here:

What was the process like when making “Bad Day”?

I made bad day after my mom got me a ukulele for Christmas. I opened it up, learned 3 chords, and wrote the chorus. Then I produced the track out and wrote the verses. I feel like ukuleles just give off really happy vibes so I wanted to make a positive song, but I didn’t want it to be cheesy, so I made almost every line into a metaphor or clever play on words.

Check out “Bad Day” here:

Describe/Explain the cohesion behind all of your single artwork?

As of right now I think my artwork is mostly tied together by my handwriting of the song title. I’m probably going to stick with that theme for a while because I feel like it gives it a nice personal touch.

Who is your biggest musical inspiration and why?
My biggest musical inspiration is definitely blackbear. He’s been my favorite artist since middle school and now he really inspires me because he produces his music as well. I also really love Jeremy Zucker.

What can listeners look forward to from you in the near future?

My plan for the rest of the year is just to keep dropping singles at least every month and probably and EP towards the end.

Listen to “summer&cigarettes” here.

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