Episode 1 – Sam Tompkins, Artist

‘I’ve always had a keen interest in music, I think that’s because my sister liked R&B music and I liked to listen to what my sister listened to. That’s how I learnt to sing I think, listening to music my sister would play.‘ – Sam Tompkins

I’m launching this website retrospectively in advance of Creative Connection season 2 so I’ve been re listening to the conversation I had with Sam to prepare for this post. I was really lucky to have spoken to him when I did, discussing the viral video that landed him his first deal on his & Ren’s single. This truly was Sam’s origin story.

Early on in the episode Sam and I discuss about his impressive 60,000 Instagram followers and how he was nearing 1,000,000 Spotify streams. I remarked about how crazy those numbers really were, and whilst this remains true, I couldn’t help but compare it with the numbers Sam is hitting now, just 4 years later. I’ve just checked for accuracy and at the time of writing this post, Sam has an absolute monstrous 530,000 followers on Instagram and an unfathomable amount of Spotify streams.

In the first half of the episode, Sam discusses his interest in music and how he started in the industry.

Sam: I’ve always had a keen interest in music, I think that’s because my sister liked R&B music and I liked to listen to what my sister listened to. That’s how I learnt to sing I think, listening to music my sister would play. I’d download it myself and listen to it. I think really in truth I was 16 years old when I really started.

Jared: Was that when school was finished for you?

Sam: Yeah, I left school and that’s when I started busking first. It was actually just before I finished school. Then after that I joined a little duo for a little while, maybe for about 6 months. It was good at the time but then we both went our separate ways. Then that’s when I got exposed to the industry properly. I started going up to London, visiting studios and making music. 

Sam followed by mentioning that he had some bad experiences early on but we went on to discuss how the trips to London included a lot of open mic nights and how Sam was putting in the work to get noticed.

We then went into how he and his friend Ren ended up with a viral video of them busking with their original song ‘Blind Eye’. This was the catalyst that put Sam on the map.

To hear about Sam’s writing process and all of the above, listen to Creative Connection on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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