Sam Tompkins is a young, but experienced artist hailing from the south coast of the U.K. With his unique fusion of R&B, Pop and Dance, he is sure to spark your attention. As well as having an incredible vocal and sound, Sam has also got a very engaging personality. That being said, Sam Tompkins should definitely be on all of your “One’s to watch” lists. Remember the name.
Here’s what happened when we sat down to discuss his journey so far.
What inspires the music you write?
The music I write is inspired by experience mostly. Like, stuff I’m going through, people i’ve met, things they’ve gone through. That sort of thing. I can write about anything really, but in the most non-depressing way possible, the music I enjoy writing the most would have to be when it comes from a dark place. It’s my most effective coping mechanism when I am feeling low, and I’m blessed to have it as a go-to option.
Is there an album on the way?
At the moment, there is no album on the way per say, but there is a few slightly smaller projects I am super excited to release though. One day I hope to make an album, but not until I know I and everyone else is ready for it.
Who’s on your playlist at the moment?
At the moment, the music on my playlist varies a lot. I am in love with pretty much everything the U.K. produces at the moment. I am loving artists like Octavian, Hex, Raye, and Slowthai. They’ve got such a cool, unique sound. Other than that, I am sucker for a big pop record. So I love “Get It Right”, by Diplo feat. M.O. They’re both mega talented, and they consistently collaborate, which is always great. Cardi B is also my guilty pleasure.
Any performances lined up over the coming months?
As far as performances go, I am in the midst of sorting out a few. I can confirm that on March 4th, I have a show. Details other than that cannot be disclosed as of yet, but will let everyone know when the time is right.
What artist would you most like to collaborate with and why?
An artist I would love to collaborate with would have to be either Stevie Wonder or Frank Ocean. Stevie Wonder has made such timeless music in his career and even to get a glimpse of his studio routine would be phenomenal. Frank Ocean doesn’t really need explanation, but to keep it short and sweet. I LOVE his writing. Such a fantastic and unique style to his lyricism.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
I’d say that the highlight of my career so far would have to be releasing my debut EP, “COLOURED EMOTIONS”. It was honestly, one of the most empowering moments of my life, releasing that record with no budget, no PR plan, no major label backing. It’s now just about to 300,000 streams on Spotify, and everytime I think of that I smile. So that’s 100% the highlight of my career.
What’s the most challenging thing about being a musician?
The most challenging thing about being a musician is the not knowing whether it’s definitely gonna work out or not. Staying positive is all well and good when you’re busy and you’re smashing it, but as soon as you become a little less active, things become more and more difficult to cope with. I am lucky to have such supportive fans, close family and friends in my life, because without them, I’m not sure what I’d do.
If there was one song out there you wish you had written yourself, what would it be and why?
That’s a great question, there’s a few I wish I had been a part of. One being “Lately”, by Stevie Wonder, another being “Who’s Lovin’ You” by the Jackson 5, and “Love Yourself”, by Justin Bieber (or Ed Sheeran depending on how you wanna look at it).
What can people expect from you over the coming months?
The next few months of this journey are going to be so fun. A new project is on its way and nearly finished, so that’ll definitely be a highlight. Lots of shows if I can help it, and loads more.
Any last shoutouts or plugs?
Please go check out my Debut EP, “COLOURED EMOTIONS”. A lot of hard work went into this. I am super proud of it and I think there’s a vibe that everyone can enjoy on there.