Sam Nicolosi, an independent singer, songwriter and producer from Evanston, IL, has released his final single, “Our Blood,” before his forthcoming Origins EP drops on
Friday, April 7. The single is about distancing yourself from someone toxic in your life. About “Our Blood,” Sam said, “We all have at least one crazy family member, right? Sometimes they can be totally manageable. But when that crazy person becomes absolutely toxic to your life and mental health, you need to know it’s okay to distance yourself. Surround yourself with people that elevate you.” Sam Nicolosi started playing music in elementary school when he began playing the djembe, shortly thereafter taking up the piano and guitar. During those years, Sam had also developed a love for poetry. He began hearing melodies when he played music, and eventually those poems started becoming songs. Having grown up listening to a mixture of alt-pop and hip-hop, along with music from the 60’s and 70’s, Sam pulled from each of those genres as he began writing and creating. At the young age of 12, Sam’s parents bought him a Pro Tools rig and he began recording his songs; however, too shy to sing in public, he formed a duo, allowing a friend of his to sing the songs he had written.
A year later, Sam started gaining confidence in his voice and released his first solo acoustic EP. About his music, Sam stated, “I am mainly a guitarist (acoustic is my heart and soul). But, along with the guitar, I also play piano, hand drums, and so on. I pick up everything.” As his skill developed, Sam began releasing small projects, each one leaving him hungrier for more and more time in the studio; more and more time expressing himself creatively. Those days increased, leaving little time for much else. Eventually his music was put in the hands of songwriter Julie Frost (Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Black Eyed Peas, Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor), who immediately sent it to her publisher, Jon Platt. After meeting Jon in Chicago to talk about music, Sam signed a deal with Warner Chappell Music, where he began writing and producing daily, truly honing his skills.
Sam Nicolosi: Our Blood
It was during this time that his summer project, Origins, was created. The EP is a collection of songs, mainly written and produced by Sam alone, which led with the single “Realign,” an up-tempo song about returning to your roots when you feel lost. The song was featured as Clash Magazine’s “Track of the Day,” and featured on HillyDilly, Comic Pop Library, pressplayok, and I Heart Moosiq. “Realign” was followed by “Caught Up,” for which Sam received his first college radio spin on KZUU 90.7fm, Washington State University. The track was also featured on Spotify’s #NewMusicFriday playlist, and praised by Indie Shuffle, Eargazm, Cool Hunting, and Noon Pacific. And “Fiction,” a song about creating a false sense of reality around a relationship to uphold that relationship, was highlighted by press outlets such as Wolf In A Suit, Sound Fiction, Soundsphere Magazine, Indie Bands Blog, and CheatBook.
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