“Mayday” — Sam Varga’s New Single Release Show February 3 at The Basement Nashville
With just two short years in Nashville, Sam Varga has already established himself as a serious writer and dynamic performer. Coming up in the fast-paced punk scenes of his high school days and the Blues of Austin TX, there is an edge and energy that makes his songs stand out in Music City. He has quickly come up through the writing ranks and can frequently be seen playing staples in town such as Whiskey Jam, Buscall, and The Listening Room.
“Erleichda” What would you like your fans to take away from this, to ‘lighten up’, in their lives as you do?
I’m an unsigned artist, so when you release music you have to come up with your own label name. It’s from a book extremely important to me. I hope my fans have no idea what it is, google it, and read the book!
From the #albumchallenge — why are those four albums the most influential or your favorites?
“These Days” of Jackson Browne’s live acoustic has always been the bar. I think my dad always knew what he was doing when he played that album for me. My sister, Katie, showed me Senses Fail when I was in grade school and that was my entrance into modern music and the emo scene, but most importantly the album “Let It Enfold You” was the one that got me interested in writing my own stuff. Mayday Parade’s “Lesson in Romantics” is a lesson in songwriting and I still take that album with me into every write. As far as “Dying Star” by Ruston Kelly, I think the most important thing was I saw how he had remedied musical tastes that were polar opposite than the typical Nashville serving and wrapped them up in the spectacular song-craft of the city. It gave me permission to do the same for myself.
You said that when you get writer’s block you play your favorite songs. You mentioned “Traveling Alone” as one. What other songs do you find yourself playing?
I just am always writing and rehearsing my own stuff so often. It’s important to remain a student, so when I’m locked into what I’ve been doing, learning other songs just breaks the chains.
Favorite place to write songs?
Wherever William Stone and barrel proof bourbon are. (William Stone produced Mayday and the upcoming EP)
Your great uncle Kenny’s Justin boots have a very special place in your heart. Have they inspired a song?
None so far that are worthy of the boots ;)
What is one thing fans would be surprised to know about you?
I actually made it out of college alive with two degrees haha. Advertising and Psychology. I’m not a bad cook. And I am a HUGE bourbon nerd.
And what inspired your new song “Mayday”?
A bout of depression last year. I had the opening line for awhile. Then I kind of began to hear the chords. Then one day, I was stuck on the couch and something just told me to stand up and play and it. It was finished in about 20 minutes. It’s pretty self deprecating. I deal with most things in my life with humor this song is no exception.
What can fans expect at your release party at the Basement Nashville?
It’s gonna be a rowdy, bad ass time and Tyler Dial and I are gonna kill it!
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Reading your posts to your parents — how has your family supported your musical career?
In every way imaginable. Both my parents are extremely artistic and, in alternative timelines, my father would have been a writer and my mother a singer. One of my biggest milestones as an artist was finally sending a song back home and receiving zero criticism haha.
How has your songwriting evolved from the band Scarlet Smile to your first release “Sex & Whiskey” to your latest?
Hopefully it’s more refined. Hopefully the song-craft is there. There’s currently two ways I write songs. Sometimes I’ll sit down, with or without a co-writer, and work for 3 hours on writing the best song I can. But there’s a few times when something else is doing it, some other voice that doesn’t belong to me at all. I feel like most writers experience this, when you tap into “the muse” or some primordial flow. And I think the writing “grind” prepares you for those moments. That’s where songs like “When She Falls” come from. I hope to get to know that voice better this year.
Where would you recommend someone go to get a closer look or new perspective on music that is unique to Nashville?
To the ladies. There’s an unbelievable current of music that’s so cool that’s gonna explode any second. Artists like Bre Kennedy, Caitlyn Smith, Caroline Spence, Jillian Jaqueline…I love what those women are tapping into right now.
When not songwriting, playing or listening to music, where do you like to spend time in Nashville?
What would you say to other young artists who hope to pursue a career in music?
Get busy sooner than later. And only be yourself…there’s no time for anything else.
What’s ahead for you in 2020?