Australian born, contemporary Pop / R&B singer Samara returns with her newest single of 2020, Pull Up. Samara has collaborated with U.S multi-platinum award winning songwriter Mickey Shiloh and Canadian producer Brian Whittaker PKA ‘Excel Beats’ (who co-wrote and produced the single: See Me Shine for the Grammy Award Winning Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) on this project. Samara tells Hi Fi Way more about the single.
Taking cues and inspiration from the leading ladies in her genre including: J:Lo and Tinashe, ‘Pull Up’ features Samara’s unique vocal range, incorporating seductive influences, whilst creating a single that is a little bit soul, a little bit pop and a whole lot of woman.
Congratulations on the single Pull Up, you must be stoked with how that one turned out?
Thank you so much and yes I am ecstatic with the overall reaction. People seem to be supporting the song from all over the world and that’s all I can possibly ask for.
Have you been happy with the fan reaction to the single?
Yes most definitely, as I mentioned above I have had positive feedback from Japan, Germany, New Zealand, the USA and so many other places which still continues to blow my mind. I am so grateful for every single person who takes the time to listen and support.
What’s the story behind the single?
I had the help of songwriter Mickey Shiloh on this one and it stemmed from my experience with a guy I was seeing at the time. We had such an amazing chemistry together but I knew he was seeing other people at the time and we would never work out in the long run. Regardless of that though, I always wanted him to pull up at my crib and that’s how the song started!
Do you have a clear idea of how you want your songs to sound before recording them?
Yes, whenever I work with producers I know straight away if it’s a song I’ll want to release as one of my own. It has to capture me within the first twenty seconds and needs to have a really catchy hook. Simplicity is sometimes best so I look for certain aspects within a song that will capture the audiences attention relatively quickly! You have one shot at a first impression.
How did the collaboration come about with Mickey Shiloh and Canadian producer Brian Whittaker PKA ‘Excel Beats’?
I begun working with Mickey on a platform called SoundBetter which brings artists together from all around the world. Since then, we’ve became friends and I support every endeavour both personally and professionally that Mickey chooses to work on. To say she’s talented, just doesn’t cover it. Excel is one of the true professionals out there, not only is he also so talented but he is so prompt, efficient and business minded which is what I love. We can’t forget to mention my incredible friend Eric Erickson who actually co produced and mixed the record though, he’s the one who bought this song to life and I am so grateful for him. He puts his heart and soul into my singles and not only is he a friend, but someone who I trust entirely with my music and vision.
Do you have any other collaborations in mind?
I do! But those are yet to be released so stay tuned!
Are you frustrated that the COVID-19 crisis has slowed your momentum down?
For me personally, it didn’t slow me down in the slightest. After testing positive for the virus that indeed imbed some fear and I was obviously quite sick for two weeks. In terms of working on my music, I have never had more time to do that which I believe is why Pull Up has done so well.
Are you still working on new music during this period? I most certainly am, my next release is coming out next month!
Is there an album in the works?
Not at this stage no, I’m really loving releasing my singles and it’s working well for me so I’ll continue to ride this wave until I feel the need to swap it up.
How are excited are you for the green light to start touring and playing shows?
I am excited! I work as a VIP events manager outside my music so touring and playing at shows is always so hard to fit into my already crazy schedule but I look forward to putting more time into slotting this in in 2020!
Interview By Rob Lyon