If Samoht comes to your city get ready for a really fucking inspiring show. What could possibly be a more dope ass way to kick off a new album tour? Oh...just a sold out show at a private loft in Philly! Major shout outs to Quincy (follow on IG @quincyartt), Q who played host and all those in Samoht's team for executing so beautifully on such an amazing vision. Independent artists take note. From a business and artistic perspective the intimacy that this tour delivers makes sooo much sense. Samoht's music and performances are like an art installation of a one man show doing open heart surgery on himself.
As much as his music is for his fans, I found it to be equally if not more-so created for himself regardless if anyone supported it which makes it even that more powerful. The authenticity of his writing and performances is what all you new fans will fall in love with. In a world where there are so many frauds and fake news, seeing someone be unapologetically themselves is a beautiful thing to witness. The tension and emotional rollercoaster that Samoht puts the audience through in his live performances is amazing to feel and be apart of, with every element visually and sonically being thoughtfully constructed and manipulated like a conductor directing an orchestra.
Arriving to attend a show at a loft vs some venue or bar sets a whole different tone and creates a completely different vibe and unity amongst all those in attendance. From over hearing conversations of what brought strangers together as I was going up in the elevator to having the host greet you at the door instead of a bouncer feeling you up, sets the respect and tone from the jump that this is show is going to be different from any other show I've been to in the past. This is hands down the most swagged out house party you will go to this year. You will definitely feel like one of the "cool kids" being in attendance and telling your friendsvia your Instagram story how they missed out on being apart of something pretty cool.
Seeing an artist at an undisclosed location in your city that is only unveiled after purchasing a ticket, makes you feel like you're attending something very exclusive. I seen Samoht perform in Philly at the first stop of his OMEN tour and thought I was at some type of grammy after party, reserved only for close friends & family. This vibe was dope, to be surrounded by complete strangers but at the same time feeling like you were amongst friends was a really cool feeling. Supporting artists at this stage in their career is so important as fans and also very fun because when the mainstream finally recognizes what you knew all along, when they win it really feels like you won too! Sharing photos or telling stories of..."Hey I knew Samoht way back when he was...etc" is fun as hell. This is an artist that you definitely want to jump on their wave early because these moments are rare. Do not take for granted the access you have with an artist at this stage. Where Samoht's career is headed these opportunities may be less frequent and definitely less intimate.
I ended up talking to another concert goer and introduced myself and I wanted to know how did he get here and what about Samoht's music inspires him? He shared a story of how Samoht's music touched him in a way that brought him to tears...literal tears at work! He also told me of a time when he actually sent a message to Samoht on Instagram and get this...Samoht responded back with words of encouragement...crazy huh? Moments like that are the building blocks that positions oneself for higher elevation. This was a common theme throughout the night of people that i spoke with, sharing stories of when they reached out to give thanks and Samoht reached back to grab their hand and respond with comfort and gratitude. Now of course one cannot reasonably expect someone to respond to every DM (especially when Samoht really blows up) but I must say it is a pretty cool feeling as a fan to see an artist appreciate their fans support with more than just a double-tap or a heart emoji...(even thought that is important too). Samoht's social media game is really good because I think it comes from a genuine space. I was able to speak with him 1:1 after the show and really conversed with him more as a fan than as a journalist. It allows me to write from a different perspective. These are the kind of moments and the kind of chain reaction that one expands a fan base and two creates solid loyalty amongst your current and future fans.
My first encounter with Samoht's music was via Instagram when I stumbled across his cover of "Evergreen" by Yebba Smith. In less than 20 seconds the raw authenticity of his delivery comes through this quick cell phone clip that intrigued the hell out of me and made me want to figure out WTF did I just listen too...ever since then instant fan. Sure many can sing and do all the vocal acrobats but do you have substance and power behind your words? What gives a person longevity in the music industry is sustained authenticity. Imagine seeing someone read aloud their diary or journal sharing all things about them that make them human in front of friends, family and strangers? All their insecurities and vulnerabilities that only you and God know of are now on public display. The inspiration and freedom that Samoht masterfully crafts into his music and performances for the audience created powerful moments where I observed fans stop recording with their phones because they did not want to miss being fully engaged in the moment. People who were holding their phones literally felt compelled to stop recording and put them down on their own and just take everything in..It was pure magic.
Only thing missing from Samoht's live performance of "Don't Wait" & "Let it Go" was an offering bucket. God did something special when he inspired that because literally someone yelled out "pass around the offering plate" followed by a few amens. In Philly there was a moment during his performance of "Don't Wait" where some in the audience impromptu would sing almost in a call/response type of way his lyrics of "...don't wait on me". Samoht's improvisations at the end of this song creates just the right amount of tension with the audience creating sympathy, sadness and empowerment all within 6 minutes...crazy...just crazy. During his performance of "Let it Go" another one of my favorites, he says to the audience or congregation at this point, dont worry about me. He then turns the table while singing instructing you to grab a hold of what ever your insecurity is then at the end he says "...open up your hand its that easy to just let it go..." that is some damn powerful stuff. You get a new found appreciation for the runs, the tone of his lower register of his voice and the lyrics seeing him deliver these songs live.
Its really hard to categorize what "genre" his music falls into or who he sounds like and this is a good thing. Its rare to have such a unique sound where people can only describe you in a sentence because no one else compares. I said his songs are RAW TRUTH or as one concert goer during the Q&A session described it as ratchet gospel (in the most respectful of ways possible). His new EP entitled "OMEN" has an inspirational and a redeeming quality to it where you can allow yourself to truly get lost in the music and be just as vulnerable to allow yourself to be built back up. Side note...also during the Q&A session I asked what is your creative process and long story short he revealed to everyone that he basically made "OMEN" in two f*!@$&ing days...what!??? One word genius.