Guitarist Sammy Boller Interview
Scott > Hi Sammy, how are you doing these days? I’m doing great, Scott.
SAMMY > Just getting ready to get the album out on Friday.
Scott > What’s the genesis for the NEW Album?
SAMMY > I wrote this record over the past couple years. It’s a combination of the tapping melodies that I’ve been working on with a full band. I’m really excited to put it out.
Scott > Give us a run-down of the musicians that are playing on the CD.
SAMMY > My friend Steve Lehane produced the album and played bass on most of the tracks. Dylan Walsh is the drummer on every song with the exception of the title track, Kingdom Of The Sun. On that song, I have Greg Dudley on Bass and John Dudley on Drums.
Scott > How do you dream up your songs?
SAMMY > I feel like every song is different. I usually just start playing for a long period of time with no pauses. When I get an initial idea for a song, I’ll play it over and over until it leads to the next section. I try to have it all on the guitar before I demo it out.
Scott > Tell me in your own words what it is that spoke to you about this project.
SAMMY > A lot of my music is inspired by spirituality and seeking. My dream is to serve others through music and I’d love for this album to be an offering to anybody who listens to it.
Scott > Are you a schooled guitar player or a self-taught guitar player?
SAMMY > I never took formal guitar lessons when I was a kid, but I feel like I’m still learning. I went to The University Of Michigan School Of Music after high school, but I still feel like more of a street player. I believe you can learn something from every musician you meet and play with no matter what stage they’re at.
Scott > Did You develop your style by ear or by messing around on the neck playing what sounded cool to you?
SAMMY > Yeah I first started playing by transcribing songs. As I got a little older, I started to go back and study the theory behind them.
Scott > I was wondering if you ever hear music in your dreams and turn them into songs?
SAMMY > Yeah all the time. I dream of music a lot. I have a lot of voice memos on my phone of me waking up in the middle of the night and humming melodies and ideas half asleep and delirious.
Scott > How often when you start an idea for song, does it actually get finished?
SAMMY > I try to finish all of them, but some take longer than others.
Scott > So then tell me a little bit of what you’ve learned about human nature during this new production.
SAMMY > I learned that you’re never given a dream without the ability to make it come true.
Scott > What are your personal highlights on the new album?
SAMMY > My favorite tracks are Cloak Of Light, Kingdom Of The Sun, and Awakening From The Daydream.
Scott > Who have been your main influences on your career to date?
SAMMY > As far as guitar players, Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads. The past couple years my music has been very influenced by Eastern Spirituality, particularly Hinduism.
Scott > How has your guitar playing evolved over the years?
SAMMY > It’s constantly changing. I’m not really sure, but I do think it’s good to check in on yourself and listen to recording of your music from years past. These days, I feel like I know who I am as an artist for the first time. I feel really blessed to be able to say that.
Scott > What do you do in your spare time outside of music?
SAMMY > Read, meditate, and drink coffee.
Scott > So Sammy, what is the top 3 albums you couldn't live without?
SAMMY > Van Halen - Van Halen, Neil Young - Harvest, Death Cab For Cutie - Trasatlanticism
Scott > What are you listening to these days?
SAMMY > Since I’ve been in lockdown I’ve been listening to John Coltrane on vinyl. I just got a new record player.
Scott > What musical gear and endorsements do you have and why?
SAMMY > I play Friedman Amps, Motor City Pickups, Elixir Strings, and MXR Effects. I like working with brands that have great people behind them. That’s what’s most important to me. With all the companies I work with, the people behind them are wonderful. I think their products reflect that.
Scott > Do You have a dream car?
SAMMY > I’m not a huge car guy, but I drive a Jeep and that’s cool enough for me. All the guys in my band have Jeeps. It’s a funny coincidence, but we tell everyone we’re a Jeep band. Haha
Scott > I also don't want to forget this... Tell us about any other things you may be in involved in or any special interest besides music that is close to your heart?
SAMMY > I really love reading and listening to Ram Dass’ lectures and books. I spend a lot of time on that. He just passed away but there is a foundation called Love, Serve, Remember that continues to share his work.
Scott > Lastly, please give our rears one last parting shot across the bow... What is Sammy Boller going to be doing in 5 years?
SAMMY > I’m just taking it one day at a time!
Scott > I would like to thank you for your time and candor with our loyal readers and keep on fighting the good fight to bring us some awesome music.
SAMMY > Thank you Scott!! Thank you for everything you do. Guitarz Forever.. Forever!
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