Samaria Is Back, & Stronger Than Ever
Documenting her journey through song, Samaria is the epitome of what it means to never give up. Back at music after a small hiatus, Samaria has never been happier. Depicted in her new single “Shy Girl,” she hopes to not only voice the importance of strength and self confidence, but to also showcase her elevated songwriting and vocals.
Returning to the scene and ready to release new music, Samaria maintains a consistent message. “I just want people to realize that whatever you are going through, you’re not alone. There are other people out there who have and are currently going through the same doubts and issues you are. There’s always a way out. There’s always an alternative. The only way to go is up and I really want people to realize that. Keep pushing and Keep trying.”
Read our full chat with the R&B musician in our interview below.
Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from?
I’m from the Bay Area. The Bay is full of culture and everywhere you look, there’s cultures–constantly someone doing something creative. It’s very self expressive and very rare to come across places where everyone gets it. They definitely get it out there.
So you’re back making music after a short pause. What were you up to during that time?
I honestly didn’t think I would ever do music again because my last situation with my first project, I wasn’t even able to get into the studio. I felt like I was back to square one. I had to get a job and live my life differently. Luckily everyone was telling me not to give up so I decided to keep going at it.
How does it feel being back?
Man- I don’t ever want to do anything else. This is all I want to do.
Would you say being from the Bay Area influences your music stylistically?
Musically, I would say that all of the artists that come up from the Bay Area say how they feel when they feel like it. It’s very free and it feels good to just do you out there. I didn’t think I had any boundaries out there and it feels good to say that and just be me. I feel supported in the process which is pretty cool too.
When did you know that you wanted to make music as an R&B artist?
I grew up in 90s R&B and Neo soul. It’s really all me and my family would ever listen to. It’s definitely in a special place in my heart–all I want to listen to. It pushes me on what I want to do musically based on all my inspirations. I think that there’s this huge wave of young artist doing what they want to do and everyone is just so supportive of each other. It doesn’t make me feel intimidated. It makes me feel like I can actually do this and be good. This new wave of R&B like Daniel Caesar and H.E.R, inspires me to just keep going. It’s not a dream. You can really just go on the internet and make it happen if you really want to. It’s important to use the internet as a tool to market yourself and you can really use it to push your dreams and turn them into a reality.
What was the switch that really made you realize that you can actually make it as an artist?
I wasn’t happy. I really wasn’t happy. I knew that this was meant for me to do and even if I don’t get rich from it, it’s something I have to do and need to do. It’s become my outlet. My chances of happiness would be slim if I didn’t do music. I don’t want to live my life with regrets and I would rather say that I tried and didn’t make it than to have never given it a go.
Your latest singles “Shy Girl” and “Foolish” are candid, ballad-style tracks. What’s the message you’d like your audience to seek while listening to these singles?
Strength. I always want to push strength. We live in a day and age where we are constantly comparing ourselves with other people. We are constantly looking at the internet and wishing that we had something we don’t. I just want anybody who listens to my music to realize that anything you put your heart to or anything that you desire you can achieve, but you have to know that within yourselves before chasing for it. I just want people to realize that whatever you are going through, you’re not alone. There are other people out there who have and currently are going through the same things you are. There’s always a way out. There’s always an alternative. The only route to go is up and I really want people to realize that. Keep pushing. Keep trying.
How do these two singles compare to the rest of the EP?
It’s just a journey within myself when I was not making music. I felt like I didn’t have an outlet anymore so I didn’t have a lot of people to talk to about the things I was feeling at the time. I just was on an emotional rollercoaster within myself and the relationships in my life, and I really wanted to portray that within my project.
Do you collaborate with other artists/ are you interested in any future collaborations?
I think collaborations are great because you get to put your own perspective on the forefront, but then you can also have the opportunity to hear another person’s perspective on the same subject. You’re able to take one thing and make it go a bunch of different directions. I am also a huge fan of the current R&B right now so I am a huge fan of Division. I would love to do something with them one day–that would be pretty cool.
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