1. Could you tell us a little more about you and your debut as a band?
LM means "Les Maudits" (The cursed ones). When we first started as a band, we had many problems during our concerts : Power cuts, guitar strings that broke right in the middle of a set, rain on stage, cancellations at the last minute, ... But now, it lost all his meaning because everything is going great for us !
2. If you had to listen to one artist for the rest of your life, who would it be?
Without any doubt, it would be Ben Harper. In our band, everybody loves his music and his diversified music style. We covered three of his songs on stage ("Steal my kisses", "Bown eyed blues", and "Burn to shine").
3. You just released your new album "The Better Way" on Jamendo. What's the story behind it and what messages are you trying to convey? What song represents you best as a band ?
The song that represents us best is "The Better Way" because it means both the way you choose to follow and the way you choose to do things. It's definitely the most aerial song that I've composed so far for LM. The message behind it is that the best way to live one's life (or the best way to choose to follow) is to enjoy what we have here and now. Our artwork is a painting created by my step father Eric Delarbre. It's directly inspired by our album title.
4. Where does your inspiration come from?
Many artists start writing the lyrics before they compose the music but I do it differently. I look for attractive melodies, without many variations. Then I create the chords, and the lyrics come after that. The inspiration comes from my past and current experiences.
5. Other than the people you’re with now, if you could get any musician (living or dead), who would be in your “dream band”?
The most awesome band ever would be :
Guitar / Main Vocals : Ben Harper
Guitar 1 / Choirs : John Butler
Guitar 2 / Choirs : John Mayer
Bass : Flea
Drums : Nicky Bomba
6. Describe your music in 5 words for people who never heard it before.
Rock. English. Funky. Warm. Heterogeneous.
7. Which quote would best describe you and your philosophy as a band?
"Do not wait to be at the top of the success ladder to become aware that it's rested against the wrong wall" (Bernie Siegel)
"A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step" (老子 - Lao Zi)
8. What are your best memories from your public performances?
Our concert at La Voulte in 2011. An incredible stage and sound ! It was one of our best experiences on stage !
9. You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision?
We want our music to be heard by more ears, that's the reason why we are betting on massive communication. Jamendo is an excellent way for people to discover our music !
10. What question would you add and what would you reply?
What's your main musical genre? Rock is our thing.
11. And since it’s a tradition at Jamendo : Do you have a fun anecdote that your fans don’t know about and would be surprised to hear?
During a concert in the Loire on a big truck trailer, I wanted to make a last check-up in order to make sure that every was ready for the concert. It was raining a lot that day and the covers above the stage were filled with water. Suddenly, as I was scratching something on the structure pillars, the whole structure collapsed and all the water stored in the covers fell on stage. All the sound returns we were supposed to have ended up exploding. We had to perform without them. Ever since we had this crazy experience, I do not check anything anymore ! ;)
Traditional but non conventional, Akoviani’s music is beautifully complex, never disappointing and always unexpected. Inspired by world music and electronic influences, the artist creates a masterpiece out of simple life sounds. The ethnic sounds of traditional instruments are mixed with long lasting echoes, electronic patterns, synthesizers and a piano to create elaborated soothing melodies.
Akoviani seems to capture in every note a little of our essence, our roots, a little part of humanity, of who we are. Through a set of 8 tracks, the artist questions our origins. Creativity has no borders since music is a universal language. “We are all vibrations, energy and nature. We are in a balance of feelings and passions, somewhere in between the mind and the spirit.”
Nature is omnipresent through Hypnotica. The incredible vocals of “Erhia” will take you from the rice terraces of Longji Mountains to the crystal-clear flowing waters of Jiuzhaigou valley and the breathtaking landscapes of Zhangjiajie. A journey through China, the Himalaya and beyond.
Akoviani’s compositions are like paintings of marvelous landscapes, moments snapshots, a universal language beyond common sense and wordless messages of inner peace drawn through a unique musical genre oscillating between Classical and Glitch.
You will unconsciously become obsessed with the mesmerizing melody of “Transcendental”, the strange sounds and rhythmic progression of Hypnotica, the repetitive chords of “Just You”. I guarantee that these tracks will make a lasting impression on your ears.
“ Somehow I'm just trying to link these feelings into musical notes. Sometimes when I sit down to write something, i don’t know what it will be or how it will sound in a final song. I do not think composers make music... We are just messengers, music chooses us through what we are as humans, how we feel every day, what we love."
The titles say it all : Aerial, Complete, Hypnotic, Transcendental, Captivating, Peaceful, Dream-like... This album is a mirror of humanity.
Now available for free legal download on Jamendo along with a second opus that you don’t want to miss !
1. When and how did you decide to become SamyO? Any fun anecdote about your debut as an artist?
Well to be honest, the name started out as "Serious Sam" from a friend of mine since we always use to rap outside of school, playing hackysack. But once the end of Freshman year of high school came around, a friend of mine said my name twice as fast which is "Samuel" but it continued to sound like "sam yo" ! I liked how it sounded, so I just started calling myself "SamyO" and the rest is history.
2. If I borrowed your iPod right now, what artists would I find in the recenlty played list? Are they your main influences?
My music library ranges more than the average person. Started off with rock, then listened to rap, then started listening to everything and not restricting myself to any type of music like All Time Low, Cartel, Forever the Sickest Kids to Eminem, Drake, Kanye West, and Mac Miller. My main influences right now are Mac Miller, Hopsin, Ludacris, Snow Tha Product, & Neyo.
My library ranges more than the average person
3. Where does your inspiration come from and which one of your song best represents who you are as a person and an artist?
My inspiration started at a young age. I got into poetry the day I heard Eminem's "Toy Soldiers" on a school trip. Within the song he says a syllable on every drum-snare, which made me interested into how he was so talented at doing so. I started writing my own songs, not recording, just writing and rhyming words together. I would do so much writing all the way until about sophomore year in high school, beginning to show my friends. But everyone wasn't supporting my rapping as much as I wanted them to.
My one friend though had given me so much support, and we would just make random songs on paper all the time. As for my best ideas, they tend to come around when I'm going through a stubble, or simply just an event in time for me that makes me think twice, which tends to be a lot of the time. The lyrics I write always have to have a meaning or need to tell a story, even if I'm just showing I'm having a good time.
4. You just released your album “New Single” on Jamendo. Are there any particular messages you are aiming to convey through this album?
This album (still developing) is just to be an album where I can explain who I am, but still have a good time doing it. This album I have no intention to rush on when making the rest of the songs, this is to be made as time goes on for the next couple of months. The messages I'm trying to state is simply don't fit in with what everyone else is doing, make your own moves instead what's wanted by everyone else. I grew up always having to keep up with what's new, what's cool, what's consider "in." At a young age though, I began to realize what's the point if you're just doing it to impress people that are just doing the same thing as you are. If you don't fit in, oh well. If you get made fun of, oh well. If what you do is considered weird, oh well. Just do what makes you happy, but keep a level head ya know? Like I say in the song "this is my time.." and I don't see anything stopping me.
5. Where did you learn how to rap? Any mentor?
Rapping honestly just started to happen, once I started writing I started to practice saying it out loud and the rapping started to begin. As for some sort of mentor as how was to sound, I would just listen to rappers. Mostly I would listen to Eminem, Ludacris, & Hollywood Undead. As time continued, I just practiced on how I wanted to sound when saying certain words. I still work on it today as I make music, it's a continuous learning process.
Don't do what everyone else is doing, make your own moves instead.
If you don't fit in, oh well.
6. You got surprised by Nessa and the MTV team who offered you tickets for the MTV music awards as well as the chance to buy new music equipment. Could you tell us more about that experience? Did it have an impact on you as an artist ?
Well when first called by MTV and asking to get interviewed, I was very skeptical if it was real or not. Even though I was having many conversations and emails, I still was on the fence to how real it was. Especially when I finally got picked up, I was still a bit worried as to if it was really MTV picking me up, though I was in a mini limo, it was still so different. But the moment I appeared in New York, cameras appeared on me so I became more comfortable. And once the interview began and Nessa came in to surprise me, I realized at that point how real everything had just become. The whole experience after that showed me how anything is really possible. Ever since that day, my set goal on making it somewhere in music has went from a dream to making it a reality.
7. You are currently a Montclair State University graphic design student and you said “Music is my dream and I want to become a known artist”. What are you planning to do if you make it big?
There's no if, I got this! ha, but well the plan is to go on tour, have a record deal. Basically be an known artist in the industry. I do however want to finish getting my degree at college, but at the same time I want to just start moving on with the music career. It's a pretty tight spot right now, and until I get a call like "Hey, this is so and so record company and we'd like to have a meeting with you about a record deal" I'm not exactly going to debate what step to take this very moment. As of now, just finishing classes, recording music in my room, and seeing where it takes me.
8. You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision?
Mainly because the instrumentals used are from producers that allow the use of their music to be for free purposes. Basically since I don't pay for the beats, I'm not allowed to make profit off of them, which I don't. I simply just let the people hear the music on free services and let the music be shared at will. The producers are always enjoying what I make and share the music most of the time. People have to realize these days, to get known you can't be worried about making money. I mean, once a record deal is placed or something, then yeah, I wouldn't mind finally making money for my work. But as of right now, why worry about it so much? I want people to just get to know who I am, hear the music without having the struggle to pay for it. Besides, everyone downloads music for free anyways, even when it's not supposed to be.
9. Do you have a fun anecdote that your fans don’t know about and would be surprised to hear?
I have a lot of things I could mention that would surprise the fans, but one of the coolest ones is my recent encounter with Disney. I actually had to work there for 6 months for an internship I did for school. I actually have TONS of video blogs on it and my adventures on youtube for the world to see if you need where to search. Imagine having fun for 6 months and getting paid for it while having Mickey Mouse as your boss. Exactly, you can't beat that!
10. If we switched places and I was the artist and you were asking the questions; what is one question you would ask me? How would you reply to it?
If I had to ask a question, I'd ask what movie would I want to be in? And to answer that, Back To The Future would be my movie.. it's forever my all time favorite! I wouldn't mind going back to 1955 !
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