Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music is very much a reflection of myself as a person.
Artists that have influenced me include Stevie Knicks, The Cranberries, Kate Bush to Lana Del Rey, Hozier and Florence and The Machine. I'd call all of these artists more of a sub-conscious influence as I think the real development of my sound stems from me just growing as a person and being true to myself by embracing my own uniqueness and using that as a drive for my sound development.
I think the world around us has a big influence on everyone's point of view and for me, that's my songwriting.
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My greatest source of inspiration for songwriting would have to be a big mix of different elements like feelings and emotions, to experiences in life and whatever is going on in the world at the time. What happens in the world can have such a big effect on us as individuals, it's nice to put that into my lyrics.
What can punters expect from a Samsaruh live show?
You can expect to see me dancing around the stage, singing my heart out with an epic band behind me. I hope people leave with an electric energy.
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
The best advice I've ever been given was by my parents when I was a kid.They would always tell me "You can be whoever you want to be, and you can do whatever you want to do as long as you put your mind to it and work hard for it". It may sound a bit cheesy, but it's stuck with me my whole life and here I am pursuing what I love, being a singer/songwriter.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Till It Kills Me' by Montaigne. It's not just a cool track with cool lyrics, but also a track that makes you feel cool and empowered listening to it.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Never Be Like You' by Flume. I feel like this song has some sort of amazing connection with everyone, perhaps reminding them of an awesome memorable time they once had. So I'd play this song because I think it would definitely provoke tears of joy.
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Either 'Take Me Over' by Peking Duk or 'You Were Right' by Rufus. Both tracks give off some major good vibes.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig I went to was the Slumberjack show in which I sang at. Those boys never fail at creating an incredible show, it was a tonne of fun!
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
I think Meg Mac is super inspiring. All of her tracks are so different to what's out there and her voice hits you like a punch in the stomach. So it's always exciting listening to her music. I would happily take a punch in the stomach from her music any day.
What are your plans for 2017?
Do some cool stuff. That may include, doing my own first live shows in August, performing at Splendour in the Grass with Slumberjack and Kuren, releasing my new EP at the end of the year and hopefully lots more!