Today in this very special YIKIS post, we sit down for an unconventional little chat with Sam from ‘Sam and the Womp’. It doesn’t happen a lot that we have a real musician as a guest, so please keep your pen and paper ready as you follow this informative interview from the edge of your seat.
Hi Sam thank you for taking the time to do this little interview.
As you might know, you play the trumpet..
Do you remember how you became a trumpeter?
Sam> I was 8 and my mum took me to ‘young music makers’ where I had already started guitar and the trumpet teacher there gave me free lessons! It was a good instrument to play with other people.
I saw that you tested a plastic trumpet and compared it with a real trumpet. It is clear from the video which one sounded the best, but I was wondering which one of the trumpets was the best flavored kisser?
Sam> love both! – they should make flavoured mouthpieces for sure- mmmm strawberry or roast beef! to answer the question The plastic mouthpiece is easier on the pallet! Seriously some people’s lips react to metal mouthpieces! and plastic ones don’t get as cold outside- for those marching in the rain type gigs!
For the people at home that do not know how a trumpet works, but tried it and only got a ‘pffft’ sound out of it; can you give some kind of how-to-trumpet starters tip?
Sam> The trick is NOT to blow your cheeks out and to create a good air flow. This cracks me up from WikiHow- ‘Pretend there is a small piece of paper on the tip of your tongue. Stick your tongue out slightly, just the tip, and scrape the paper off your tongue quickly and spit it away from your mouth. Your lips should catch each other, creating a sound similar to a ‘raspberry’! ‘
If you had no mouth (or any other parts on your body that could blow air), to play the trumpet, which other instrument would be your sword for music?
Sam> Hmmm I play guitar, piano and bass. I probably would go for bass so I can WOMP!
I’m so sorry for bothering you with so much trumpet orientated questions, I just thought that not asking them would be obviously a missed opportunity. You have played and are playing in (aside of Sam and the Womp) a lot of other bands of different kind; is there anything music wise a trumpet cannot do?
Sam> I would say trumpet doesn’t work with cuntry and western and neither do eye!
Okay, I will try now not to ask a trumpet question.. (which is tricky!) On our little place here we feature mainly underground artists like Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Paris Hilton, Vlad Shegal and Cher (to name a few..) so it might be that our visitors have never heard of your band Sam and the Womp before. Can you quickly describe it for the obnoxious underground lover?
Sam> We like to call it a new flavour of ‘Brass and Bass’. A brass driven dance sound – prioritising the party! breaking free of conventional genres powered by the WOMP! The full line up is: trumpet, trombone, sax, tuba, organ,synth,bass, drums AND Bloom our charismatic and sultry vocalist is the beautiful unique cherry ontop!- taking the sound to the next level…The lyrics are generally fun and not taken too seriously!
I know I shouldn’t ask more trumpet related questions, but as you are a professional trumpeter this must be clarified once and for all. Is it possible to play the trumpet backwards? I mean from the part that normally the sound comes out?
Sam> if you had a giant mouth it may be possible! We should ask at the zoo- maybe an elephant could do it and stick its trunk in!.
It is common knowledge that ‘Womp’ means the space between your face and the bass, but what does ‘Sam’ stand for?
Sam> Sick At Music….. !!
Is it correct that ‘Sam and the Womp’ has an interactive dance routine called womping? Can you elaborate at that? Is it some kind of all mass sex practice in which the bass is inserted or embraced through curious ways? Can it be done while seated in a wheelchair?
Sam> Wheelchair womping is totally possible! As long as you have arms you can womp. If you don’t you can use your legs- if you don’t have working legs or arms it could be hard but its the effort that counts… embrace the bass- don’t push it away!
I was freezing my nuts of at the airport in Dubai and heard your song playing from the speakers every hour. This song was the ‘Sam and the Womp’ single ‘Bom Bom’ which had been a big success all over the world. Can you recall how the hell did it spread so fast? Did it come as a surprising shock?
Sam> It was a big surprise to have a worldwide hit. Not expected at all by us- seeing as nobody was up for doing the PR initially! The track sounds so different to everything else on the radio! It did amazingly well in UK and Australia.
After Bom Bom came this drum n womp tune named Ravo (I’m still raving on this one!) , which was fairly different than ‘Bom Bom’ but very affective and British sounding. I loved the f#cked up video for this, it is like an absurd portal for the mind with honking elephants inside. Can you dismiss the rumor that this video had the secret intention of brainwashing people into thinking that they are party animals?
Sam> I like that YES! – I believe we are all party animals at heart. It is the song we finish our live show with and get the crowd going. Me and BLoom both scream on the mike at the end – very enjoyable!
The most important part of the interview is always difficult, because I get terrible excited to let the readers know that after taking some time off to engage in the adventure of parenthood; Sam and the Womp will be releasing a brand new single! When, where and how to get our hands on it, Sam?
Sam> Yes EXCITING and relieving after lots of nappy changing! Our new single ‘Zeppelin’ is available to download this Monday 2nd Febuary worldwide! itunes,amazon etc..Will there be trumpets?
Sam> YES of course -lots of brass and even a trumpet solo!
So the song is called Zeppelin, and is totally a happy starter, middle part and end part of anyone’s day music wise. It’s like a party really, lot of fun for the whole family, humans as well as animals can dance side by side. That’s how I feel it, but how would you describe it?
Sam> It is a fun upbeat dance ska song to be enjoyed by everyone indeed. It is more of a developed song than bom bom is.
Well I guess, videos and music speak much louder than words, so let’s embed the video clip here for people at home to click and get hooked on this brand new happy and uplifting Sam and the Womp single named ‘Zeppelin’. Enjoy:
The video for Zeppelin is a lot of contagious fun, and surprisingly seems to be done in one single take! How the womp did you people make this?
Sam> Yes the verses were meant to be continuous with little edits. We had a great team. The first scene was very hard to get done! It was like rehearsing a play! the making of Zeppelin video is up on line for those that give a Womp!
I’m sure Sam and the Womp will be playing this years festivals again, can you give us a few hints of where you’ll be showing how to womp and most important how to handle a trumpet?
Sam> We got some good bookings coming up this year. Next week we are headlining The London Remixed Festival for the launch of ‘Zeppelin’. Hopefully we will play Glastonbury Festival again- if not im gonna turn up with my trumpet anyway! masterclasses in trumpet playing are yet to be booked! but I am seriously thinking about taking the band into schools and promoting brass instruments. Trumpet pusher-man!
Does Sam and the Womp by any chance have a website?
Sam> Yes our new website is www.samandthewomp.co.uk which links to all our social media sites- twitter,Facebook,instagram,soundcloud etc
Before we stop this interview, I wanted to ask a question that bothered me since the moment that we met and we shook hands.. I hope you not mind asking this but..
Did anyone tell you that you have unusually large hands?
Sam> it has been mentioned! It helps to show the audience members at the back how to Womp! You may be mistaking the WOMP gloves for my hands though!
Do you have any last words/shout outs or any other thing you would like to say before jumping back on board of your zeppelin?
Thank you to everyone involved keeping the dream alive. Andy our manager, Raz our producer, Lewis the video director 🙂
Its been lovely speaking to you Kai hope to see you in the flesh soon 🙂
Thank you so much Sam for this wonderful little interview, keep on womping and I promise you; next time you come I’ll try to show you how to play the magical flute.
Sam and the Womp latest single ‘Zeppelin’ will be out the 2nd of February 2015 and can be pre-ordered and purchased at the following magical link:
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Sam And The Womp