Indie Artist Sami Chohfi Talks Globe Trotting Tours and New Single “All Over Again”
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Indie Artist Sami Chohfi Talks Globe Trotting Tours and New Single “All Over Again”

Sami Chohfi is an independent singer/songwriter who has quickly grown into one of the most exciting up-and-coming acts. With a unique sound that fuses acoustic guitars with electric guitars, Sami Chohfi’s music takes the intimate and raw feel of the singer/songwriter genre and turns it up a notch. The result is an energetic and soulful style of music that Sami Chohfi describes as “melodic rock.” He has risen to the spotlight in recent years following an impressive streak of singles, including “Little One”; “The Awakening”; and his latest single “All Over Again”, a soft and hopeful love song inspired by many years in a long distance relationship.

Riding this streak of success, Sami Chohfi has been quite busy, and has tours booked across the United States, Brazil, and India. That’s why we felt very lucky to have the opportunity to speak with Sami Chohfi in an exclusive interview. Check out the transcript below, where Sami Chohfi talks about everything, from his new single “All Over Again” to his upcoming tours around the globe!

 

Idols 2 Rivals: What first got you into music and inspired you to make music?

Sami Chohfi: I am a child of the 90’s. MTV was basically my musical upbringing. It all started with a band called Nirvana. They released a music video that changed my life called “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. After I saw that video I decided I wanted to play guitar. Then after seeing Chris Cornell and Soundgarden perform at the MTV music awards I learned I wanted to be a singer.

I2R: What’s the meaning of your track “All Over Again”?

SC: I believe in past lives. I am a very big romantic. I think we meet people who we are destined to have in our lives over and over again. Especially lovers. I wrote this song for my wife while she was living in Paris and I was living in Seattle during the first year of our relationship. This song is a promise to her that I will love her in this life and the next.

I2R: How would you describe the music that you typically create?

SC: I describe my music as melodic Rock. I love blending acoustic guitars and electric guitars together in songs.
I like to write songs in 3 sub genres of rock. Acoustic/Singer Songwriter, Alternative Rock, and Hard Rock.

I2R: What is your creative process like?

SC: It’s always changing to be honest. Sometimes I hear a line in a movie that inspires a lyric. Sometimes I dream of song ideas. I start my production process with an acoustic guitar and a scratch vocal once I write a song. Then I add drums, bass and guitars. I love having an open canvas to paint with once the bones of the song are tracked. I use many instruments to build my mixes, from synths, piano, cellos, violins, to multilayered vocals to create a wall of sound.

I2R: Who would you most like to collaborate with?

SC: Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Trent Reznor of NIN, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead.

I2R: If you could go open a show for any artist, who would it be?

SC: Wow, I’ll give you 3 alive and 3 who have passed. Chris Cornell, The Beatles, Scott Weiland’s (STP), Foo Fighters, The Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead.

I2R: What is one message you would give to your fans?

SC: Be good to strangers. Believe in yourselves and anything is possible. Most importantly, don’t be an asshole.

I2R: What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for your music career?

SC: Playing QB for the SF 49ers.

I2R: Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

SC: I have performed in Armenia, Japan, India, Cambodia, The Philippines and Brazil. I have a show coming up on July 28th in my hometown of Tacoma, WA with Rock band Saliva and I will be touring Brazil and India from the months of September through mid November.My least favorite venues are the ones that have bad wiring and rude sound guys. My favorite venues are the ones that have great lighting and nice sound guys.

I2R: How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

SC: I plead the 5th.

I2R: What is your favorite song to perform?

SC: My song “Little One”. I get to be a different person when I play it.

I2R: Which famous musicians do you admire?

SC: Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Thom Yorke, Trent Reznor, and Steven Tyler.

I2R: What is the best advice you’ve been given?

SC: Be true to who you are as an artist.

I2R: What’s next for you?

SC: I am preparing for my two month tour in Brazil and recording a new single called “Sing you To Me” and releasing my first cover in 9 years from A-Ha. I did a unique version of “Take on Me”.