February 19 2008
...Sam Sparro that is, one of the new artists currently in the rotation with his sublime "Black & Gold." Only time will bear out whether he'll be a major talent, though if his ep is any indication, we'll be hearing more from him from some time. Originally from Australia, he moved to the States with his folks when he was nine. His parents, who are also musicians, got him started early on, playing in a church choir and listening to soul music.
Now however designs his own artwork, makes daft behind-the-scenes videos for YouTube and DJs warehouse parties, has a musical past: his great-grandfather was a professor of music and his Maltese grandfather is a professional trumpet player who performed with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. His grandmother continues to sing and dance (and that's just when she's cooking), while his father, Chris Falson, apparently sounds like Bob Dylan on a gospel tip. Sam can make like he's in church at the drop of a Eucharist, but he also grew up on Italian house, proto-trance and British soul: Soul II Soul, Kraftwerk, Sade and Neneh Cherry, as well as Euro-dance hits like Ride on Time, were his bread and butter, or rather communion wafer and wine. A chance encounter with a woman called Chaka Khan, a friend of the milkman's cousin's daughter's schoolteacher's plumber's friend, kickstarted the young Sparro's career.
But first came an all-important job working as a waiter in a coffee bar, which is where he wrote Black & Gold, capturing a moment of existential crisis. "I was feeling totally lost," he remembers. "I was making cappuccinos when I felt I should be onstage singing. That track came from looking up to the stars and seeing myself as a tiny speck in this infinite solar-system." Life improved dramatically when he discovered LA's dance underground scene and he performed at a speakeasy style night in the loft of - of all people - David Jay from Bauhaus. Before long, he'd recorded an EP for an indie label and the world's multinational conglomerates - some of them record companies - came a-calling. Mark Ronson even emailed to say how much he loved Black & Gold. But Sparro remains unmoved. "I'm just a guy who likes to sing and wear fun clothes," he says, going tra-la-la in a polka-dot jumpsuit. The buzz: "Damn, that white boy can sing." - Chaka Khan. --from THE GUARDIAN
Here I also have a video, the video for "Black & Gold" is already in the opinion section so here is another, for another of his tunes, "Cottonmouth." Enjoy.