Interview – Eden Samara

Photo credit: McCall Hatton

We recently sat down with electro-pop artist, Eden Samara to talk about her upcoming EP, Days.  Catch up with what this Toronto-based musician has to share about her new music, including the freedom she feels about experimenting in many genres, and where 2018 will take her!

Describe your sound for someone who has never heard your music before.

I like to think it’s the kind of music that makes you want to be at an outdoor festival at night in questionable condition, or turn out all the lights in your living room and have a dance party. But we can also go with indietronica or electro-pop, I’m way more interested in your own interpretation of it!

After years of experimenting with my sound, I feel like I’m finally able to tie the two parts of my past together: the first is a choir girl who wrote folk music in 3-part harmony, the second is a huge electronic music fan who would sneak out to raves on the weekends.

You are set to release “Upside Down” your first single from your upcoming EP, Days. What have been your creative influences for the creation of this song?

What I love about pop music right now is that the concept of genre is pretty much dead. There’s a lot more freedom for me to make music that contains elements of all the genres I enjoy – old school hip hop, rap, r&b, folk, jazz, electronic…before, I always felt too confined to one genre.

Vocally, there are some 90’s girl group and r&b influences on the EP.  What’s most important to me is that the creation of a song always starts with a good story. On Days you’ll definitely get to hear quite a few of them…

Why did you choose “Upside Down” to be the first single from the EP?

I see Upside Down as being the perfect intro to Days, and to me as an artist. It’s also the song that became the catalyst for the whole EP. I wrote it during my first solo backpacking trip, and it was a lightbulb moment where I thought “ok, I think I have something to say that I’m finally ready for everyone to hear!” When I got back to Toronto, I started developing the songs I had written with some friends and we realized we were on to something interesting.

Do you prefer a small, intimate venue or a large stage for a concert?

Both are exciting in different ways. I sang the national anthems for the Blue Jays, and actually found it much easier to perform in a stadium than in a small venue where you can see everyone’s faces. But it’s far less personal, and there’s pure magic in getting really personal with your audience. That’s the beauty of a small venue.

With the exception of recording and releasing your upcoming EP in the fall or winter, what does the rest of 2018 look like for you?

I’m excited to find out the answer to that question too! A lot of it depends on what kind of reaction my music receives. Some things I’ll be focusing on are building a team around me, releasing more kick-ass music and a few videos, and continuing to develop my live show. This year is mainly about introducing myself to everyone. And always, always more collaborating with artists of all kinds.

What do you do for fun when you are not working on music?

Yoga, drinking beer in the park, riding my bike, and going to shows. It’s important to me to support other artists in Canada, and Toronto in particular has a super inspiring scene right now that I look forward to being more a part of.

What are your thoughts on the importance of social media in the current Canadian music industry?  

There’s no questioning how important social media is these days if you’re an artist. I like to remember that social media is meant to be fun, and that at the end of the day people are looking for connection with other people. There’s a human on the other end of that screen who most likely just wants to know you and bond with you. And this is where I shamelessly tell you to go follow me on all the socials, haha.

What three words best describe Eden Samara?

Unequivocal.  Misadventurer. Troublemaker 😉

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