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Just in time for his show up in New Hampshire (tonight at SNHU with Timeflies if you're in the area), I got to chat with the very talented and attractive Sammy Adams. From his days as "Wizzy" to his future album release, he gave me some great insight to the life of someone who's definitely about to Blow Up even more than he already has.
Are you excited to be doing shows close to home?
Most of the shows we do now are different so I miss the intimacy of New England shows and I always feel like it was the craziest place to do shows when Boston’s Boy first came out and anytime we’d release anything. I’m definitely really excited to come back to the area and do our new songs we haven’t done live. We’ve done them down south now and did a couple times in the mid-west and they were super fun so we’re excited to come back for a concert.
How often, and where, do you travel for shows?
It’s pretty much across whole country. You’re sure to pick the markets you want to hit. Probably last year it was 205/206 shows out of the year and it’s everywhere; Canada – out west –mid west – east – south – up east – south west.
Your image has changed a lot since “Boston’s Boy”; what do you attribute that too?
Just growing as an artist and doing your own thing. Really just having the opportunity to go tour and get out of the country, go see other cultures, how people dress in way different places. I attribute it to both music and growing up. When I made “Boston’s Boy” I was 100% still a college kid. There’s a lot that’s changed since then for sure. Living and all the experience of the last year and a half have shaped everything to be honest. And the people you work with too.
You seemed to take a little break between “Boston’s Boy” and “Into The Wild”, what was that time spent on?
It was basically a lull-time but it was sort of like a blessing in disguise because really at that time we weren’t in a place that we were working with the people we wanted to be working with or taking meetings with people we didn’t want to be taking meetings with. So I went in the studio as much as I could and we just got our music right. Which is great because then we signed to RCA and it’s been a pretty interesting and awesome process putting an album together with them because it was already pretty much written when we got there. We work really well together in terms of partnering up. It was definitely a really challenging time not being able to record or make music. Well not make music but release music. We couldn’t actually physically release music without getting in trouble.
The tracks and singles that have been released, are those chosen by you or is it a collaborative effort with the people you work with?
We have a team but it’s really RCA relies and depends on my ear. I’d like to say I pick my own singles but it’s a group effort. In terms of making the music all the producers and people working on the album have the same goal. But there is a team, quote unquote.
If you could have picked your first ever single, what would that have been if you could do this all over?
I would’ve put “I Hate College” on the radio. I would’ve put “I Hate College” on Itunes.
How was the process of changing your stage name from “Wiz” to “Sammy Adams”?
Wizzy was a nickname because my last name is Wisner so everyone called me that. Then Wiz Khalifa came out so it was sort of dead at that point because he was already bigger than me. More than anything it was smart to just move over like that and my real name is Samuel Adams Wisner so it makes sense.
Do you have any big aspirations for the future?
Yeah of course. The biggest aspiration is we’re going to drop an album late summer time. But everything, anything you could want in music. We have some pretty lofty goals so it’s going to be a fun year.
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