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Art & Life with Sam Braxten

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Braxten.

Sam, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I began my musical career at age 11 playing bass guitar for my local church and junior high devotionals. I was attracted to music since very little. I remember writing my very first song at age 12. Music to me has always been very important, as it is a personal outlet.

I always found it to be therapeutic creating melodies and writing lyrics to them; I was always a hyperactive, fidgety and anxious kid, so coming up with melodies and song structures would help me slow down and focus, plus it made me feel accomplished and proud of every piece I would work on.

At age 14, I moved to the U.S. leaving my friends and church band in Guatemala city, which is where I’m from.
I quickly made friends and began my first pop-rock band at Hamilton High School in Chandler. We played high school talent shows and booked various shows around the Valley. I was the bassist and vocalist for a while, and then became the frontman and lead singer later on. The band was called Beretta Sun.

In 2012 at age 22, I performed my last show with them at the Sundance Film Festival during their music events after the showings in Park City, Utah. It was a blast playing my last show with them to a packed venue. I introduced them to a new singer and we parted ways. They went on to record one final album with him.

I began going solo as Sam Braxten in August 2012. Since then I have released an EP titled “Chapter I”, and various singles which all stream on Spotify, Pandora, Apple music (iTunes), Tidal and on most music platforms online. I’ve been blessed to share the stage with many local and national acts including Phoenix’s own “Bear Ghost” national act “kotton mouth kings” and highly acclaimed band “The Cab”.

I often play live mostly at Tempe Marketplace where I usually perform for 3 hours in a row for tourists and the transient mall crowd. I aspire to continue my dream alive and to keep growing as a musician and a performing artist; hopefully getting to do a national tour soon as well.

I am currently working on a new EP which will be titled “Seven Billion” and I will be releasing a brand new single this June which will be titled “She”. I will continue to book shows and I invite everyone to check me out, whether its live or simply checking out my songs online. Any support is highly appreciated and keeps me going strong.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a singer-songwriter, live music performer and bedroom producer. I like to create music that makes me move, lyrics that come from deep within and performing them live with all I’ve got. I like to leave my heart on stage. on paper and on record.

I don’t claim a specific genre as I try to re-invent myself every couple of years but I usually mix pop sensibilities with rock, acoustic piano or electronic production.

It all usually begins with a melody inside my head which ignites a specific feel or emotion, it transforms into music/lyrics and then the final production. Once I’ve got something going I sit down in front of the piano or pick up my acoustic guitar. I jot lyrics down on a piece of paper and then use my phone to record the progress so I don’t forget later. Any song I make can take anywhere from 30 minutes to multiple years to be finished. The time I spend on a song does not dictate how good it will turn out. It’s mostly the feeling and how true to myself and my art I am being.

I make music for myself as a therapeutic outlet but I also make it to inspire and help others, just like my favorite artists have inspired and helped me throughout the years including today.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Yes, I agree. Simple. Step outside of your comfort zone, leave that musical bubble you’re currently in and go check out other local artists, go to their shows on your free time, or as a date with someone, go show some love.

If you dig another local band, go to their social media and say hi, give them a shout out, try to make friends and possibly get a show together going.

Don’t look at other local artists as a threat or as competition, embrace them, you may be making friends with the band you’ll be touring along with. We are all on this together. Sharing your talent to the world is not a competition.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My music currently streams on most online music platforms, including Spotify, Apple music (iTunes), Pandora, YouTube, Tidal, Google play, Amazon, etc. Just by listening to my songs you are helping me out a ton.

Commenting in, liking, sharing, subscribing and continuously visiting my social media outlets make such a big impact in my career as it makes me more visible to others and helps me establish a much better presence online which is very important in today’s music industry. I invite you to find me on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and twitter and to interact with me, I will interact with you back. Links below.

And last but not least, come to my shows, and come say hi after the show. I’m super nice and approachable and I’d love to meet you if you like the music I make. There’s nothing more humbling, rewarding and encouraging than knowing that I am making some sort of impact in someone’s life with what I do.

I have a show coming up July 6th, 9pm at Time  Out Lounge in Tempe.

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Image Credit:
The images in the light rail by Kyle Field
The images with the black shirt playing piano at Tempe marketplace by Neto Quiroga
The promo image in black and white with the jacket by Jim Hesterman
The purple image with lens flares at Tempe Marketplace by Martha Gomez
The image of the drumset and backdrop by Richard Duran
The Album artwork with the space and the mountains by InfamousJeanClaude

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