We had the good fortune of connecting with Samer Bakri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samer, what are you inspired by?
I am inspired by a bit of everything in my life. I take inspiration from different parts of my life and use them in my art. One thing that inspires me the most is listening to different kinds of music from different places and comparing and contrasting elements. I like to study the production of music and how it is created. You can start to hear the individual impression on the art if you listen long enough which I think is what we as artists want.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I create music that is a reflection of what I enjoy in art. I like to make music that I can dance and cry to at the same time. I think that sets me apart from other artists. I also think what sets me apart from others is the fact that I am more focused on the artist rather than the audience. As a musician, it is a blessing to get a positive reaction from the audience but it is more important that you as the artist are showing that positive reaction. I see at times artists who create for people but aren’t satisfied themselves. But I think it is most important to make sure you as a creative are satisfied with your work. This in itself was a challenge because I would find myself dissatisfied with my art and it caused me to be frustrated with myself as a creative. It was also the reason I didn’t put any music out for 3 years. Finally, I realized that I am just going to make art that I myself enjoy and if people like it they like it if they don’t that’s okay.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would first take them to Rolbertos in Normal Heights to experience the best California Burrito. I would then take them to Balboa Park for a relaxing walk around the beautiful scencery. Lastly we would go to Ocean Beach to swim and see the sunset.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This story goes out to Louis Brazier who mentored me throughout my musical journey.
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