Compared to Jeff Buckley, John Martyn, Bon Iver, and Paolo Nutini, Sam Wickens is a perceptive writer and performer with a restless creativity and a personal blend of Soul, Blues, Gospel, and Folk.
Sam was chosen by David Bowie’s producer, Tony Visconti, to be a featured artist in the Sky Arts TV Series ‘Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes’. Culminating in several onstage performances at Union Chapel, London, alongside Tony Visconti, Holy Holy, Stewart Copeland, Nitin Sawhney, Bob Geldof, Imelda May and other ‘brilliant unsigned artists’. Get to Know Sam Wickens.
Where you’re from: Bangor, Northern Ireland
Describe yourself in 5 words or less: Creative, Impulsive, Friendly, Passionate, Loyal
Biggest musical influence: Justin Vernon
What is the last gift you gave to someone: Flowers for my mother
Most memorable gig experience: Playing with Stephen Macartney in Fealty’s, Bangor
Last thing you do before going on-stage: Try to have a peaceful mindset
Song you wish you’d written: ‘About Today’ by The National
Your most valued material possession: I try not to value material possessions
Musician you’d love to collaborate with: Justin Vernon, The National, Rufus Wainwright, Foo Fighters, anyone that loves creating
Favourite album of all time: Bon Iver – 22 A Million
What you’re listening to right now: Rain on my conservatory roof