John Samaras is forthwith known as alternative’s loveliest son. Take one listen to his music and you’ll feel that shining through in every beautiful acoustic-led note. Straight off the back of his introspective sophomore effort, The Bell Jar, he’s already looking onto a third album—if that doesn’t prove his sheer passion for what he does, we don’t know what will. Here is a man who wants to make music purely because he is in love with it, a rare and refreshing trait which will see his melodic blend of folk and indie becoming the soundtrack to keep you warm at night. We caught up with Samaras over the summer to talk The Bell Jar, influences, and more!
So you mentioned you have a new album coming out soon.
Yeah, it’s completed. I just have to get the artwork all finished and worked out.
What should fans expect from it?
More experimentation, different sounds. There’ll be fifteen songs, so it’ll have some variety I guess.
So why did you get into music in the first place? Was there like a certain moment?
When I was a junior in high school, I started a band. Played with them for about three years, then that band broke up. After that, I wanted to keep playing music but it was hard to get a band together, so I just decided to do solo.
What’s your favorite song you’ve ever written?
Good question. Thinking it’s “Grand Mal.”
Alright, why’s that?
I just liked how it turned out in the end. The style, all the parts and everything.
What album has had the most influence on you as a person?
I guess any of The Beatles’ albums. The White Album is big. Revolver.
I think that definitely shows through in your music too, you can hear that influence.
Yeah, hopefully it’s not too much, but I definitely don’t mind the similarities. It just comes out because that’s the stuff that I like.
What’s next? What do you got coming up?
I started recording another EP, just like a small... like abandoned songs that never really went anywhere. Also, I have a band in the works right now. I have a singer and a bassist, now we’re just looking for a drummer. And then hopefully start playing shows and stuff regularly.
What’s the sound gonna be for [this new band]?
Kind of Nirvana-y, a little bit of Beatles, a little bit of your Elliot Smith. Stuff like that.