Sam Shaffer


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Lyrics are the story behind the song. I have written over 100 sets of song lyrics. The subjects I write revolve around introspection and nostalgia. Most are written from personal experiences and thoughts, but are written in a way that makes them relatable to anyone.

I'm Sam Shaffer, and I'm a lyricist/multi-instrumentalist from the south suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I've been writing lyrics since middle school, and after many years of keeping my lyrics in notebooks, I'm ready to offer them up to musicians and bands.

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  • English

Interview with Sam Shaffer

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I wrote, composed and recorded every instrument on an original hard rock song.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I've been writing more lyrics in the vein of both modern punk and classic rock.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: TBD.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital, because you don't have more options as far as effects, project length, etc.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I will receive your inquiry, write the lyrics and send you a PDF within 2 days, including weekends.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I like bringing an idea to life by telling stories through lyrics.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: TBD.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Writing lyrics and composing music are two separate beasts.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: How quick of a turn-around do are you expecting? What subject do you want me to write about?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: If you know what feeling or emotion you want to convey, I will make it come to life in the mind's eye of the listener.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: -A notebook -A box of pens -A Gibson SG -A drum set -A bass guitar

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I started writing lyrics in seventh grade, and have written over 100 songs since then.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Introspective and nostalgic.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: I want to write an album with either Haux or Elena Tonra because I connect with their lyrics on an emotional level, and they were my initial inspiration to write in the dream pop/shoegaze style.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Don't try to do everything yourself. Burnout is a real roadblock.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Indie folk and dream pop/shoegaze.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I can make people both laugh and cry using words.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I start with an idea (a feeling or a song title, usually) and end with a clear and concise story.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I'm old-fashioned. I don't sit down to a blank Word document. I use good, old pen and paper, and then digitize the lyrics afterwards. I feel as if I connect to the words on a deeper level if I hand-write them.

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: My lyrical inspirations are Daughter, Haux and Novo Amor.

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: I write song lyrics in the vein of indie folk, indie rock, dream pop, and slowcore.

GenresSounds Like
  • Novo Amor
  • Daughter
  • Haux
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