Armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar, a collection of original songs and her deep, powerful voice, Samara has spent the last couple of years taking the local open mic circuit by storm. We caught up with the 17-year-old, Dubai-based, Canadian-born singer-songwriter for a quick conversation about her music.
How did your journey as a musician start?
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved music. Like, so much. I would stand on my bed and make my parents sit on the ground and I’d play music and sing and pretend they were my fans. Ever since then, music has been a huge part of my life. I can’t imagine my life without music. It’s helped me through so much.
What’s on your playlist?
I love deep house, R&B, acoustic music and instrumental renditions of songs. I enjoy dubstep and rap. That’s a lot
What genre would you say your music is?
All my songs are acoustic: it’s not indie, it isn’t pop. It’s in between. The music I write is slow and emotional.
What’s your songwriting process like?
I can only write my songs after 12 am. I sit in my room—the lights are off because I have to be in a certain mood—and I strum. First I find my chords, then I write my lyrics. I take real life situations and situations in movies and TV shows I watch and I try to make up a story around it. I write the lyrics and sing the song. If I like how it sounds, I put everything together and keep practicing until it sounds just right.
What’s your dream as a musician?
My dream is to sing in front of a crowd of people that appreciate the music I write. I just want people to feel the way music makes me feel, which is happy.
What advice do you have for aspiring musicians here
Write your songs, put yourself out there. You don’t know who could spot you, so make sure to do your thing. You don’t know what can come out of it.
When you aren’t singing, what are you doing?
Sleeping. This one time I slept at 7 in the evening and woke up at 4pm the next day. I like to sleep, okay? It’s a hobby of mine.