Hamster

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Sammy Listoe, United States, March 5th 1992.

I was raised in Great Falls, Montana. The majority of my childhood was spent outdoors. From camping and hiking, to traveling and racing motocross. I come from a family of musicians, so the music was always there, but didn’t really catch my attention until about age 14.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My music career has mainly just been a solo acoustic effort. I spent parts of 2015 and 2016 touring the country, playing bars and clubs. I finished my first full band studio album at the end of 2016 and had the pleasure of playing my album release show with family. (Mom on the keys, Stepdad on the Bass)

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

My genre has always had a country influence to it, but modern indie rock with that EDM vibe really has my attention right now, and that’s the direction we went with this song. The idea is pretty straight forward. This song calls out those who take advantage of people, with no thanks or regard for those who work so hard to help them; the users, the abusers, the born losers.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Music has been a journey. It has taken me places I never thought that I would go, both physically and emotionally. The music industry is what it is. I try not to focus too much on any destination with it all. I enjoy writing, love performing and try not to put too much pressure or expectation on anything.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The beat was created by the very talented Raz Klinghoffer of Hamster. I’m so fortunate that I got the opportunity to work with him on this track. The beat was so cool and interesting to me, beginning with that great guitar in the first seconds of the song. I came in to his studio and put together a melody and the lyrics and I think we created something very special and unique with “Born Loser”.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been writing music since I was in the 6th grade, but it never truly caught my attention until I was about 19. My main goal is to continue writing and performing, and try to expand my audience while doing it.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Life inspires me to write. I write from experience; pain and heartache mainly. I always say that I put my deepest secrets out there for anyone through lyrics and song much easier than to actually talk about them.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I would say the secret to a hit song is honesty. Flat out honesty and staying true to what YOU know and believe.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Thank you. Thank you to the folks who continue to listen to the songs and who share and appreciate them. You are the reason for it all!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Don’t wait around. Create your own opportunities. Don’t wait for a record deal to cut a record or start touring. There are so many programs that make home recording very easy nowadays, and setting up your own tour can be tough, but it’s possible and very rewarding.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

My first tour was a blast. My dad and I were supposed to hit the Western United States on our motorcycles, but I crashed mine a few weeks leading up to it. Luckily I wasn’t hurt, so my dad and I took his car and hit 10 different cities in 2 weeks. Those small town shows, the people we met, and sharing that experience with my father; these are more valuable to me than any awards.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

We don’t currently have anything on the radio but we are on Spotify and YouTube.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

My writing process varies. Sometimes I grab a guitar and can pour something out very quick in one sitting, but other times it can take weeks to months to really put something special together. Coffee and a woodsy scented candle are must haves.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Kings of Leon, Kip Moore, Linkin Park, NF and Bruce Springsteen.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I wrote with Lindsey Beckwith on an idea she came up with a few years back. It was my first time collaborating with someone and it was an amazing experience. Being able to bounce ideas off of each other and create something from both a female and male point of view really gave the song depth and truth. The song, “Go Down Easy” is on the album “Beyond Nowhere”.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Instagram @sammylistoe

@followhamster

Facebook – SAMMY LISTOE –

Facebook.com/sammylistoe

HAMSTER – www.facebook.com/Hamster2016

Youtube – SAMMY LISTOE  www.youtube.com/sammylistoe

HAMSTER – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVvE6PqGMzJvUgYzIie3Evg

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Spotify – Sammy Listoe Hamster

iTunes – Sammy Listoe Hamster

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Give me a campfire in the middle of nowhere with some friends and family. Sounds like a happy time to me. Every day we are alive is a happy day, so its hard to make any of them too sad.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’m not too crazy about the materialistic things in life. I’d like to try to make a difference in the world with that million dollars.

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