After the Boston’s Boy album giveaway that we held earlier this month, we had the opportunity to ask Sam Adams some questions. Check out the interview below:
NSK: What’s the process you use for beat selection and/or writing? Are there certain things you do or look for when making a song?
Sam Adams: “In terms of beats, it’s real hit or miss. Usually I just listen or go through tracks people send with my manager and engineer. If we feel a certain beat we try to snatch it up. In terms of writing, I’m always writing. I write down everything. Whether it’s something funny I experienced or saw, or just something witty or complex/interesting that I thought up, it’s all stored. The process of making the song usually goes down in the studio. Song structure is most important when creating a new joint. You HAVE to make sure that your song is coherent and flows, verses have to match the hook to a certain extent, etc…”
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NSK: At what age did you realize you wanted to pursue a career as a rapper? And when was your first big break in music?
Sam Adams: “I realized I wanted to pursue a career in hip hop at a pretty young age. But….never thought I’d be a rapper, I thought I would make it as a producer. Being around beats and creating musical compositions everyday makes you think, dream and attempt to make the most enjoyable music possible. I’ve always loved music. I still think its amazing that a song can change my whole mood, hour or day. Music’s a beautiful thing. As an artist, and more importantly a performer, I realized I wanted to be a performer and rapper when I felt the passion and adrenaline rush through my veins and blood moments before the curtain opens. Experiencing first hand and seeing how your music touches people, makes them want to dance, sing, and go crazy is one of the coolest things in the world. It’s like having a superpower, to influence.”
My first big “break” in music was “I Hate College,” which went viral at an insane pace since it was dropped about a year and a half ago. In terms of success in the music industry, “Driving Me Crazy,” was the first big break for me which really put my name on the map. Personally, I don’t think I’ve had my big break yet! Can’t wait to see what the future holds.
NSK: Who would you consider your biggest musical influences?
Sam Adams: “NaS, Big L, The Firm, Cormega (if you don’t know Cormega…do you’re research!), Elton John, Sting, The Police.”
NSK: What is/are your all-time most listened to song(s)?
Sam Adams: “NaS, by far. I’ve been listening to a lot of depeche mode lately too. I met David Gahan at Madison Square for a Rihanna show, he was a real cool dude. (not going to lie, one of the first times I felt star struck) it was weird!”
NSK: Who would be involved in your dream collaboration?
Sam Adams: “It would have to be a mix of NaS, Depeche Mode, with Deadmau5 and Rusko on the production. Shit would be EPIC.”
NSK: What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while on tour?
Sam Adams: “Maybe getting arrested in front of 2,000 of my fans (pretty crazy experience, yet very confusing). Each thing tops the next haha
Saw a girl throw some heavy punches that landed directly on a dudes face for trying to get passed her to the front of the show. A couple girls have fainted while we were taking pictures haha.”
NSK: What is your goal as you move forward in your career? Where do you see yourself 1, 5, and even 10 years from now?
Sam Adams: “My goal is to learn, experience and take in everything that comes my way in a positive light, process, reflect on life lessons and things of that nature as I mature and progress as an artist. Obviously, my goal is to stay relevant and successful. In a year, I see myself on a national/international tour through the USA, Europe and hopefully Asia. I have high goals for myself. 5-10 years, I hope I’m still on stage performing with HUGE ASS production, lights and sound…like on some rave sound system shit…sound that hurts if you’re front row. Also, I want to possibly pursue acting, movie scoring and production more. Improving and staying real to myself is probably the most important goal of mine.”
NSK: Why are you Not Some Kid?
Sam Adams: “I am Not some kid…I’m THE kid!” Hahaaaaaaaa!
Shout out to Sam Adams and his promo team for helping us set this up. Sam Adams‘ mixtape, Party Records, comes out this Thursday, and you’ll be able to find it here on Not Some Kid.
Sam Adams – Party Records [Tracklist]:
1. Hold On
2. Living The Dream
4. Some Chordz
5. Share Your Dolla
6. Bass Head
7. Summer Techno (Prod. by Sam Adams)
8. No Speak Americano
9. I Got ‘Em Like
10. Heads Will Roll
11. I’m On
12. Gonna Be OK
13. Lonely People
14. Frat Music
15. All That