This year’s winner of The Voice, Sam Perry, is arguably the singing reality TV show’s most controversial artist in the history of its competition. Known for his inspired and nifty loop compositions comprising solely of samples of his own voice, Sam made an indelible mark challenging not only the judges but the Australian public on what it means to be an artist and their ideas of music craftsmanship. The loop artist soon became a household name and the favourite of the season, winning the title under the mentorship of US superstar, Kelly Rowland.
Emerging from the experience with newfound confidence and ambition, Perry has set his sights on venturing further into the independent arena. He took his craft overseas, inspired by the many other Australian loop artists who have done the same, and found a kindred spirit in fellow artist Dub FX over their shared love for music, looping and travel.
“I think I knew I wanted to make music solo, I had done the whole band thing for over 5 years…What got me into looping was an artist called Dub Fx, I spent countless hours watching his videos on YouTube, as soon as I saw him, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I could be my own one man band.”
With his experience on the national and international stage under his belt, Perry feels ready for the next chapter of his musical career – his first ever national tour. “Gaining a fan base has given me more confidence, people seem to be digging what I do and that’s a big boost in itself. The experience has been so wonderful for me and I guess we will see what happens in the future, but this year is very busy and I feel very grateful for that.”
So what can fans expect from Perry’s tour? Exciting new tracks and his unique, signature flair – ingredients that guarantee to make for an amazing live show. Not convinced? Check out his newly released mash-up video he made below.
Perry can’t wait to share what’s in store next. As he puts it, “My new music is coming together well, I have a lot to do and more to learn, but it’s exciting. I also can’t wait to tour Australia and show everyone what I have been working on.”
‘Not a DJ’ Support Competition
In addition to his work as an artist, Sam Perry is a big advocate for emerging talent, especially in the looping arena. Knowing the challenges for such artists first hand, he has created a competition to inspire young loop artists to network with each other and have their music heard. Artists are encouraged to submit their music, with one selected to support him on his national tour in each state.
“Starting out as a local artist in a small town, I know all too well how hard it can be to meet the right people, and be heard amongst the already established bands. I’m not great at networking and there is not really a rule book to follow. All I knew, is that I wanted to perform to a room of people, that were there to listen. I can’t wait to hear all your music, and find a local support act to join me in their city on my tour around the country”
To be involved, send a demo (SoundCloud or private download link), bio and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
Perry will be touring through November and December, bringing his thrilling live show to venues around the country.
SAM PERRY ‘NOT A DJ’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Tickets available from www.samperrymusic.com
Friday 16th November The Toff in Town Melbourne
Saturday 17th November Dub in the Park Adelaide
Friday 23rd November The Helm Sunshine Coast
Saturday 24th November 256 Wickham Brisbane
Friday 30th November Civic Underground Sydney
Friday 7th December Settlers Tavern Margaret River
Friday 14th December Jack Rabbit Slims Perth
Friday 21st December Magnums Hotel Airlie Beach
Saturday 22nd December Dalrymple Hotel Townsville