Artist of the Week: Sam Bruno
Atlantic Recording artist Sam Bruno has been enticing listeners with her ingenious brand of electronic and hip-hop-influenced pop. A native of Young, Arizona, Bruno first began writing and performing her own songs in 2010 when she set up a home recording studio in her apartment. Working with Phoenix-based producer Lifted, Bruno quickly honed her skills, and the duo began collaborating on new material. Serendipitously, on a 2011 trip to Los Angeles, Lifted was able to bring the duo’s music to the attention of rapper Kanye West. West then invited Bruno and Lifted to fly to London, where they contributed to the song “The One” on West’s 2012 compilation G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer. From there, Bruno relocated to Los Angeles, where she collaborated with electronic superstars GTA, Skrillex, and many others. In 2015, Bruno entered the spotlight as a solo artist with the release of her debut single, “Search Party,” which was featured on the soundtrack to the Cara Delevingne film, Paper Towns. Bruno’s most recent sultry single, “Tip of My Tongue,” premiered last summer via Idolator, with the outlet heralding the track as , “a slinky synth-anthem with a vintage twist, Sam’s latest is seriously sexy.”
You’re walking into a first date with our readers. How do you introduce yourself?
I am Sam. I’m a music artist, songwriter, engineer and producer. I’m a self made nutritionist, fitness enthusiast, inspirational speaker, healthy chef and a super down to earth chick.
For those unfamiliar, how would you describe your sound? Which song should someone listen to first?
My sound is electro pop with hip hop and dance influence. For your first taste, listen to “Hello Hater” and work your way through the rest!
“The One” was obviously a lot of people’s introduction to you as an artist. What were some things you learned from working with Kanye West that you still apply now?
Something I picked up from writing with Kanye is the importance of knowing what you want as an artist. I watched him first hand be the leader of his camp in bringing his vision to life. The cherry on top is that I was a part of that camp and vision.
Let’s talk about I AM SAM PT.1. How long was this EP a work in progress?
My team and I worked on I AM SAM PT. 1 for two years. It was a very experimental project in the sense that I was learning my self as an artist and forming my sound. It’s an EP that reflects my growth as an artist, songwriter, producer and woman and I’m very proud of that.
“Pt. 1” suggests there’s more to come. Was it always your intention to release music in small batches, as opposed to a full-length?
I’m in the stage of my career where I’m still building my audience, people are still discovering me and becoming my fans. It’s not time for me to put out a full length album yet. I’m releasing music in singles, collaborations and EP’s for now. It’s like whatever the listener is calling for, I got you!!
Is there a song on Pt. 1 that you’re particularly proud of?
“Colors” has always been a special song to me. When I wrote it, I felt it deeply and I still do every time I hear it. There’s something about it that moves my heart.
Where can fans catch you this summer? Tours, festivals, etc.
In July I am performing at the Brave Wings Fashion Show in Phoenix, AZ (my city, my home state, yay!) It is a dope women’s empowerment event that I am excited to be a part of. Early fall I am joining the Bully Proof Tour which goes to middle schools, high schools and colleges all over the world to spread some love and unity through music. I was bullied when I was younger and I now have tougher skin because I choose to use a strong attitude in life and I can’t wait to share that message with these kids!