TIDAL Rising: Samuel Larsen
Samuel Larsen is an actor, singer and songwriter who first broke onto the scene as the winner of the nation-wide Glee Project competition back in 2011.
That said, music has always been a guiding passion for the San Francisco native, who started playing the drums as a young boy, before joining his school’s marching band and fronting and playing guitar for a band throughout high school. Following his victory in the Glee Project, Larsen appeared in several episodes of Glee and had a subsequent successful run on Hawaii Five-O before ultimately choosing to pursue music full-time.
These days, Larsen is largely focused on getting out his catchy brand of funk-infused pop rock to the world. We sat down with this artist on the rise to get to know him just a little bit better.
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Who is Samuel Larsen? Can you introduce yourself?
Well, my name is Samuel, and I’m new around here but hopefully not for long.
What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
This morning I made myself some eggs and then got some coffee.
When did you first get into music?
I got into music very early, sometime at age 2, because by the time I was 3 my folks had gotten me my first drum kit. That changed everything.
Who were your musical heroes growing up?
My heroes have always been Elvis, Prince, MJ, Bowie, and anything P-Funk but thats just the surface, there’s so much music out there that I know has effected my music somehow.
What’s the best new song, album or artist you recently discovered?
There’s so much new music that this answer could change everyday, but I have to admit that the new Radiohead song “Burn The Witch” is really something.
Name an album, artist or experience that changed your perspective on music?
“Dirty Mind” by Prince changed everything for me. Its so funk and so punk rock at the same time. It showed me I could be as funky as I wanted but not sacrifice the rock ‘n’ roll side at all.
You’ve already had success as an actor in Glee and Hawaii Five-O. What made you want to shift lanes and focus of music?
Well, I’ve been making funky music for a long time now and to be honest no one cared years ago, so I thought the best way to stay artistic while still keeping the lights on would be to pursue acting further, but I feel like the time is right now that funk and instrumentation is coming back, I feel like my music will get a chance now and acting will always be there.
You sing in both Spanish and English, and can play guitar, bass and drums. What can’t you do that would like to?
I really want to get better at piano, and learn some brass instruments. I want to play my own sax parts like Bowie, that’s my next venture.
What’s next for Samuel Larsen?
Well, now that my EP is out the next step is my favorite, which is playing the shows, performing, that’s what I can’t wait for. That and releasing some songs I’ve been hiding.
Looking one year ahead, what was the best thing that happened to you in 2016?
The best thing was playing tons of shows and showing the world a new side of the funk.
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