Indie, Rock, Electronic, Country.
I am a singer/songwriter currently residing in Los Angeles. I grew up in the outskirts of Montana, where my country and rock roots stem from. After moving to Southern California, I began to open up and hone my songwriting and melodies in different genres. Whatever the mood or genre, I like to really dive deep into the meaning and backstory of project, and pull every bit of emotion and realism out of it, and bring all of that to a song. I would love the opportunity to work with you! Please shoot me an email at the contact space above.
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I am a lifetime musician who has had the privilege of watching Sammy Listoe develop into a consummate professional in the music business. From the creative introspect in the writing process to the actual live performance, Sammy puts body and soul into every song. I have performed on the same stage with Sammy and throughly appreciate his attention to detail and willingness to learn from each show.
Interview with Sammy Listoe
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My most common work centers around the top line (melody) and the lyrics. Most of the time I do both for my clients when I write/cowrite on a project.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a huge fan of Chris Stapleton. From his deep heartfelt writing, to his incredible vocal ability, I get totally lost in the music when I listen to him. I also really enjoy the singer/songwriters in Ed Sheeran, Kip Moore, and Ryan Adams.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would say my strongest skill is my lyric writing. I spend a lot of time on in, and on the imagery in my songs. I like to be blunt sometimes with lyrics, but I also like to dance around the direct meaning, and bring extra feeling to it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Indie-Rock and Country tunes. Recently I have really become more heavily involved in Pop-Rock and EDM tracks.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a small set up in my apartment. Logic with a condenser mic.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I am writing a song (melody and lyrics) I usually start with the melody. It allows the lyrics to flow better as I write them, and makes the process smoother.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a lot of emotion and imagery to a song. I always find a way to connect to the songs I write, and I believe when you write with that part of you, the listeners truly believe and feel the song.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I would say just don't over do it. In my personal opinion, I like some of the rawness that comes with a vocal crack, or a breath that sneaks in there. It makes the track feel more alive.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Chris Stapleton. His lyrics are incredibly deep and emotional, and I love that aspect of any song. If you can make someone feel like they are right there, living that song, I think you have succeeded.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a blend of indie pop-rock, with a country influence.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been writing music for 8 years, and touring/performing for 4 years. I grew up in Montana racing motocross, never really had music on my mind, but my family had always been very music driven. My moms side consists of 9 brothers and sisters, who have all sang and played at one point in their lives. So once we moved to California, I was around 15 years old, and decided to sing one day at a karaoke spot. Fell in love with it there, and the rest is kind of history.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Go with your gut. Listen to what a provider has, and if its anything close, get in touch and really ask questions. I believe a phone conversation is best and it gives you a good sense of who the provider is, and its easier to chat back and forth.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to give my full attention and focus to your project, and finish to the absolute best of my ability.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: This awesome woman by the name of Tosh. Her vocals are beautiful, her lyrics are incredible, and she truly cares about what she does. A real pro.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently I am working on a new EP and booking an acoustic European tour in the fall.