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REPORT SAM


GARRETT


DIARY OF AN UNSIGNED ARTIST...


June 6


You’ve got the talent – check. You’ve got your own songs – check. And you’ve got a manager – check. So what’s stopping you from hitting that No1 spot? Let’s see... trying to get studio time, gigs, radio play and distribution in a multimillion-pound competitive industry – it is a busy time for an artist on their journey to the top.


Gaining some valuable insight, Flavour gets up close and personal with 21-year-old rising music star Sam Garrett. Influenced by the depth of melody and harmony of The Beatles’ music and the politico- social storytelling of artists like Bob Marley, the Derbyshire-born and bred musician’s daily life is revealed here as an open book of sorts, as


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we discover what this musician really gets up to and what shapes his songwriting and image as his career takes off...


This is his diary – a month in the life of Sam Garrett:


June 5 We played a gig at Lichfield Bower today; set-up went smoothly as my elder brother Tom was there to help. The crowd had a great vibe; I really lost myself in the music, jamming with Tom as back-up vocals. We had a wicked flow going, although now I’m back home I feel pretty worn. I can’t wait to hit the pillow, especially as I’m heading into the big smoke tomorrow with my management to meet with some record labels.


It was an early start today, but my manager Leonard [Foster] is such a joker that he can turn around most grey mornings. He better never read this though; he’d never live it down [Too late, Ed]. I’m not really one to be overcome by nerves, but I felt a little nervous performing for the labels. It seems such a bizarre situation when you think about it – one guy, his guitar, heart and soul in his song, sat across from some deadpan record label employees. They said they enjoyed it though, so fingers crossed I’ve got some busy months ahead.


June 7


I’ve been working with music producer Jake Gosling. He’s amazing. He’s worked with Ed Sheeran and Paloma Faith, and we went to his studio. It was great. He really makes you feel welcome and is very humble, even though he’s had success and is just really hardworking. The vibe in the studio is always great, lots of dancing and fooling around, and the track ‘Daylight’ is coming together nicely.


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