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Ones To Watch 2018: Sam Fender Q&A

This is Sam Fender; the 21-year-old singer-songwriter, whose big voice, brilliant songs and breathtaking live performance have him destined for stardom.

Sam Fender is going to make a huge splash in 2018. We picked his brain about a few things ahead of a hype-filled 2018.

What’s your favourite thing about playing live? 

When you write a song on the morning after a heavy night out, you’re sat in your boxers full of regret whilst chronicling the stupid shit you did. Then you play a show, and someone is singing that song at the top of their lungs, full of emotion, back at you from the audience. It doesn’t matter if it’s a full room of people singing or just one, If I see even one person really going for it, I’m there with them. That’s the best thing about playing live. 

What has been your highlight of 2017? 

In the last month, I’ve had a lot of firsts. So there were a few highlights. I played my first arena show, played my first London headline show for BBC, we recorded a session at Maida Vale for Radio 1 and I’ve been added to the BBC sound of 2018 long list. I was also made a fender artist, which has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. We went into the showroom and tried a load of guitars, I felt like I was in Toys R Us circa 2003. 

What venue would you like to play?

Shepherd’s Bush Empire, that’s a classic milestone. 

Who’s inspired you to take up music? 

My family are very musical, I’ve been very lucky to be surrounded by it all my life. My dad used to play in bands when he was growing up and eventually started writing his own music in later life. My older brother was born with the music, he was a multi-instrumentalist wiz kid from an early age, there’s a ten-year cap between us so I grew up idolising him. When he was a teenager he used to sit in his room with his friends making a racket, I used to bust in and try and be a part of the gang. I’ve grown up watching both my dad and brother play shows, even as young as two I was at loud gigs without ear protection. It had a profound effect on my development, made me hungry to play and sing, and possibly made me slightly deaf. 

What does 2018 have in store for you? 

A lot of touring, we are travelling further afield, doing more shows in Europe and some shows in the states. I’m going to release some more singles and videos.

No doubt you’ll be hearing much more from Sam Fender in the new year. Read our Introducing piece to learn more about Sam Fender here.

See the entire list of acts who made TicketWeb’s Ones To Watch 2018 here.

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