Sam Dickinson shares his thoughts with Queer News about the release of his new single “All We Are”, his new EP From the Glass House Part 2, and Pride.
Hi Sam, how would you describe your music?
My music is a blend of soul, pop and dance. I really wanted to create that 90’s sound. It still sounds fresh now.
June is PRIDE month in the U.S., what led to your decision to come out?
I guess, I couldn’t hide who I was and am anymore. I realized from a young age that I was gay and it took a lot of time to process, years in fact. I came out at 16 and it was the hardest thing I had to do in my life but also the best. Young people who come out now shouldn’t fear who they are, there are always people who are like you and will love you for yourself.
What was the first and last EP/LP you bought?
Oh! Now I do have to think back haha!! I think it was the Spice Girls’ ‘Stop’ which was my first and the last record I bought was Gabrielle’s ‘Under My Skin’.
What inspires you to write?
I think it’s my therapy and my way of getting things off my chest. Everything I write about has a meaning, a time in my life that that song was relevant.
What was the last song you wrote about?
I wrote with an amazing writer called Markx on a track called “Someone Else’s Song”. It’s about the person you love being in love with someone else and the pain you feel. It’s kind of a mix of Robyn’s Dancing on my Own and Will Young’s Jealousy. It has that dance ballad feel to it. I’m so excited for people to hear it.
If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life?
Easy. Gabrielle ‘Rise’.
If you could share a lineup with any two other artists?
There are so many people that I could choose. I’m going to go with George Michael and Beverley Knight. I’ve already sang with Candi Staton so I’m not including that!
When you were writing “Hold On High” and you were sharing the intimate details of your life, did you think the outcome of the song was going to be an empowerment song?
I was on tour when I wrote “Hold on High”, I was so inspired for the single mothers, the people who were out and proud, the people who were fighting their own demons that I wanted them to know that they’ll get there. They’ll succeed. It was originally a ballad, but I wanted the track to inspire others and make them feel good about their lives. Hey, we all struggle, there’s no shame in that.
What was your first LGBTQ+ movie and what is your favorite LGBTQ+ movie?
The answer is the same for both. Bridegroom. I cried from start to finish.
What is your favorite part of PRIDE month?
The buzz and the atmosphere at these events. The feeling of a community coming together to fight injustice and inequality. There’s still so much we need to do.
Sam Dickinson’s “All We Are” is available now on all platforms. Read my review of From the Glass House Part 2.