Sam Callahan interview with Scott McGlynn
I met with Sam Callahan, A X-Factor UK star, Who’s music career has rocketed, We chatted about X-Factor, Louie Walsh, New Music and The Perfect Date…
Scott: We know you from the x-factor 2013 tell me how did you find the experience?
Sam: X Factor was an incredible experience. Don’t get me wrong it deffo matey had its ups and downs, it was practically an emotional rollercoaster but it created so many amazing opportunities for me that I’m so lucky to have as a young artist in the industry and I got to perform a whole two month arena tour after would’s which is a dream come true for me!
Scott: Louis Walsh was your mentor how did you find him? And if you could of chosen any judge who would it be and why?
Sam: Louis was really funny, he’s a good guy! I think the British public believe that the mentors have more to do with helping you along your way in the show than they actually do though. My personal feeling is that I got to where I got in the show because I didn’t stop working.
I was last to bed each night and first up in the morning, if I wasn’t filming I was practicing and that would remain the same no matter who my judge was… However if I had to choose a judge… It’d be Nicole. Say no more. Ooft!!!
Scott: This year will be the last year of the X-Factor on ITV, Do you think its time the show needs a break?
Sam: They say that every year though don’t they? I do think so to be honest, in 2013 the did 42 arena dates and sold most of them out but last year they did 14 and I think sold out about one!
Also Louisa’s song bless her didn’t do as well as previous winner singles. Which baffles me, because personally I believe she’s one of the best things to come out of the show.
I think the public are just getting tired of X Factor now, I also think they see through a lot of the fake side of tv with the show now.
Scott: Recently you done a interview and photo-shoot with GT magazine how was it getting half naked for the camera?
Sam: I have to say I’m not usually shy to take my kit off, it’s the sort of thing I’d do anyway when I’ve had a skin full and can’t walk straight with my friends.
However the only awkward thing was the videographer who was dotting about, because whilst concentration on the actual shoot, you had to make sure you weren’t giving him any strange or intrusive angles! It was slightly off putting to be honest!
Scott: Your new single “I Love It When You” released 12th April 2016, Can you tell us about it?
Sam: Sure I’d love to!
After X Factor I spent a while very confused about my artistic direction. Partly down to the vast amount of different advice and opinions you get fired at you from all angles whilst you’re in a show like that.
But In the show they made me out to be like a Essex boy / Ken doll, who would sing a little too… that was never my niche market!
I love all sorts of music so dipped in and out of a couple of genres, released an EP called “BiggerThings” in November 2015 which I’d say was along the lines of ‘The Script and Lawson’ still a sound I feel very passionate about, however NOW finally I’ve found my sound, the place in music where my writing and vocal belongs and sits perfectly.
Dance music! I got together with a group of producers and DJs called ‘AudioFreaks’ and created ‘I LOVE IT WHEN YOU’.
Before being fully released the song hit Number 1 in a DJ chart called ‘KingsOfSpin’ in the USA, then hit top 10 best selling preorders here in the UK on iTunes and was fighting for a spot with Zayne Maliks new track!
Then on the day it was released wen number 5 in the iTunes chart, number 5 in the MuiscWeek Commercial pop chart UK and top 20 in the RunDMC Pop chart!
The song went mad!!!
I even heard it played in a club when I was in Miami for one night by pure coincidence!
Safe to say that this is where my future is at and that ‘I LOVE IT WHEN YOU’ has been my first real successful release.
‘ILOVE IT WHEN YOU’ is now being licensed with different major record labels around the world for release in many different countries whilst I work with the boys from AudioFreaks, Soulshaker and the the likes of Freaktone records to create my next big thing… and boy it’s going to be huge!
Scott: Will we be seeing a album to follow?
Sam: Yes there will fingers crossed, but right now I’m creating a genuinely credible hype in the dance music industry with some of the biggest DJs, mixers and dance producers on the planet and that is something that has to be handled with care if I want to carry on doing so!
So I’m taking my time on this one.
Scott: Will we be seeing you on tour this year?
Sam: I’m not sure yet. There has been a lot of talk about but nothing concrete that I can reveal just yet. With things finally doing as well as they are in music for me, that’s the most important thing for me to be concentrating on. I love seeing my fans and of course I want to travel around and meet them all, but I believe you can’t call yourself a musician if you’re not making music.
Right now is for me about being the best version of myself that I can be and focusing on the next musical project at hand.
Scott: If you have to choose to be on Celebrity Big Brother, I’m A Celebrity or Strictly which one would it be and why?
Sam: ‘I’m a celebrity’, would deffo be more suited to me. I’m a little wild myself and Without blowing my own trumpet, I literally have no fears, so I reckon I’d be pretty good at it!
Shall we give it a go do you think? Haha.
Scott: Finally, what would be your perfect date?
Sam: My perfect date would be something out of the box, a little wild. Maybe, sky diving, a quad bike safari, something along those lines. I don’t like to sit in silence on dates munching on food.
I want a girl with a bit of bite to her, so let me see that exciting side!
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Sam Official Site – www.callahanofficialmusic.com
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