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Samuel Proffitt

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Biography

With roots in Houston, Texas, Samuel grew up entrenched in various genres from screamo and punk to indie, folk, and jazz; however, his musical origins lie in his own writing, poetry, and interest in philosophy, taking the time to learn chords on his guitar in order to express his thoughts in a more sonorous form, blossoming into a truly distinctive musical style. Samuel’s fascination with literary expression eventually led him to Boston College, where he received degrees in Russian Literature and Linguistics and Interdisciplinary Philosophy. Upon graduation, Samuel enrolled in and subsequently left an MA program in Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Texas in order to pursue music, a decision which would precipitate a critical turning point.

Over the course of several months, culminating in the passing of his roommate on December 3rd, 2013, Samuel experienced a flood of events marked by loss that both ruptured and altered his life and its course. It was on this day that Samuel wrote his first song for his new solo venture, entitled “Cranes,” eventually serving as the introduction to his debut EP Blue Notebook No. 10.

Speaking about this defining period, Samuel recalled, “my mind and self… split in two, in the most literal sense. It has left its impression upon every single relationship I’ve had, every song I’ve written, every book I’ve read, the research I’ve done. Everything from that moment until the present has been a reflection of that loss and the ensuing transformation.”

These events not only prompted Samuel to pursue his solo project full-time, but also eventually influenced his decision to pursue his PhD at Brown University, a venture that would lead to a more mature, perceptive scope of artistic expression. For Samuel, “influence”—whether arising from a moment or rooted in an imprint of a particular image, film, or piece of literature—is the crux of his work’s development, a grand reflection of the emotional and musical manifestations of the human experience.

“The longer that I’ve been working, the more I have approached the realization that every time I compose a song, it, in a literal sense, has a life of its own. Each piece is spurred by an event or happening or a realization, yet I rarely, if ever, begin with a definite idea of what will be created. I don’t compose with style, genre, or musical influences in mind; my only objective is to capture the singular moment which has so strongly affected me within the confines of the piece.”

Today, Samuel Proffitt continues to challenge genres and musical boundaries. He has been featured in prominent publications like the Fader, Vice, Rolling Stone, Noisey, as well as having recorded multiple live sessions with Paste Magazine’s Daytrotter. Alongside his remixes on record labels such as Sony, Glassnote, Jagjaguwar, and Okami, his songs “Andre” and “Drown” were premiered by KCRW, while “Andre” was also placed on Spotify’s Top 50 Viral Songs in the U.S. and Best of Fresh Finds, while also accumulating over one million streams on his last EP without any official playlisting.

His forthcoming EP, Good Death, explores memory, death, trauma, and fragmentation of self, both through theoretical work Samuel has explored while working on his PhD at Brown University, as well as through more visceral, direct forms of art. Accompanying Samuel on the EP, fellow artists Yoke Lore and Crywolf lend their talents toward a materialization of this personal narrative.

Samuel is currently compiling a book also entitled Good Death with various prominent and underground artists from Russia, Canada, Lebanon, and the U.S., featuring his own photography, short stories, poetry and fragments, alongside their work.

Samuel Proffitt’s music finds its home in the veiled margins of the human experience, acting for him as a palpable embodiment of, and a ceaseless reflection on, what has come to define him. Through his artistic output, and in particular Good Death, Samuel confronts the audience with an acute, weighty deluge of tones and sonic layers allowing a momentary entry into his world, in which the listener is encouraged to question, like the artist himself, what it means to be human.

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Samuel Proffitt & Yoke Lore in NYC.