Having grown up in Jersey and the Caribbean, Sam Walwyn developed a sound rich with his experiences, blending indie-folk and alt-pop, tinted with flamenco influences. His curiosity for different musical cultures influenced his songwriting and use of rhythm.
Sam spent six months travelling, writing, and gigging before joining the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He also learned flamenco guitar alongside a maestro based in Australia. Only one year into his studies, Sam fell seriously ill and had to go back home to Jersey. Before he could walk or even talk properly again, he found he could play his guitar and began writing every day.
Sam took this time to develop his sound and uploaded live clips and short films to Instagram with his lo-fi bedroom demos behind them. Early support from fans attracted the interest from local promoters leading Sam to open for Gabrielle Aplin and share the stage with Newton Faulkner.
Sam’s debut single, “For You,” released in 2020, received significant traction, gaining over 300k streams. For You was featured on two major Spotify editorial playlists, ‘Easy’ and ‘Your Coffee Break,’ and was picked up by the BBC Introducing as ‘Track of the Week.’
After releasing his second single, “Clutter,” which was selected as ‘Track of the Week’ by the Introducing team, Sam started posting on TikTok, sharing guitar melodies and originals. One of his posts went viral, reaching more than 6 million views and helping build an audience of more than 100k followers.
In February 2021, he was selected to represent Channel Island on BBC Radio 1. He was chosen as a ‘2021 One To Watch’ artist by the BBC Channel Islands.
Sam Walwyn has made a considerable impression with his singles First Place, Littered Sense Of You, and Mama Plum that were stagger released throughout 2021. Now the fast-rising singer-songwriter has just dropped his debut EP ‘How Would I Know’ along with the title track of the same name. The EP brings all of his singles together for a pleasant 14 minutes of music.
I am sure that we will be hearing more from the Channel Island troubadour Sam Walwyn. I enjoyed the easy-going familiar feeling of his songs. This is music hungry for a bigger slice of the pie, so grab a place at the table and enjoy the music of Sam Walwyn and his EP How Would I Know.
Sam Walwyn – How Would I Know
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