Sam Fender on Limmy, Sigrid, Sting and advice for young artists

Sam Fender discussed getting Scottish comedian Limmy’s consent “probably one of the most damning moments of his life”, as well as discussing working with the likes of Sigrid and Sting, and share advice for young musicians.

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The North Shields singer-songwriter was in London yesterday (Thursday 19 May) where he was awarded the Ivor Novellos Award for Best Song with Music and Lyrics for his acclaimed second album. ‘Seventeen Going Under’.

In addition to being named NME’s Best Album of 2021 and winning both Best British Album and Best World Album at the BandLab NME Awards 2022, Fender also recently won the BRIT award in number of other awards.

Speaking to NME in the winners’ room about where he’d placed all of these awards, he replied: “They’re in the pub! I turned them into beer pumps! I think this can go home. I can give this to my dad; I think he will be really amazed. ”

And what has he done with his NME Awards?

“I could turn it into a beer pump, or leave it in the pub for loads of people to buy drugs,” he said.

Sam Fender at the BandLab NME Awards 2022. Image supplier: Joseph Bishop

During his acceptance speech at Ivors yesterday, Fender used the opportunity to pay tribute to his former manager at said pub, North Shields’ Low Lights Tavern.

“A very good friend of mine passed away last week,” Fender told the audience. “He was my boss and my first owner. He gave me a job when both my mother and I were unemployed. He used to smack me on the head with a newspaper because he was a fucking liquor guy.

“I was always playing guitar in front of people instead of serving customers, until one day he said, ‘Get your guitar out and sit in that corner. It was because my future manager, who was up and coming at the time, had just arrived at the pub. Without that man this would not have happened, so thank you very much.”

Sam Fender with his band and Francis Bourgeois at the BandLab NME Awards 2022 Image: Zoe McConnell

When NME asked Fender about his speech and what advice he would give singer-songwriters in similar circumstances, he replied: “Write, but write angrily. I always think that no matter what happens or where you come from – and if it weren’t for [my old bar manager] I don’t know where I am – but what I do know is that if a song is really good, people will hear it. If your song is great and people can relate to it, that’s okay.

“It was the song that made him believe in us, then he would take that song and it made people believe in that and then it was the music that drove it. Just write non-stop. Never stop.”

Pointing to his current manager standing nearby, Fender continued: “He motivates me and I will write more. As a kid, I went to troubadour’s night and I just wanted to play them in front of people and let them go, but he told me to just keep writing. Then about 200 songs I had half a good one. That’s how it works.

“You have to find someone who loves your stuff but also loves you as a person.”

The last time Fender spoke to NME at an Awards Ceremony was at the BandLab NME Awards 2022, where he used the winners’ room interview to deliver his performance. Star Wars The theme is interpreted by Scottish comedian Limmy. After the footage went viral online, Limmy later shared it herself on Twitch and Twitter.

“I love that man so much,” Fender told NME yesterday in response. “He is one of my heroes. I was blown away when I saw him repost it on his Twitch. It was probably one of the most damn moments of my career, to tell you the truth! That’s probably one of the biggest things for us.

“When I lived at my mom’s and I was like damn, I was sitting in my bedroom smoking skunks, I didn’t have a job, there was a black mold on the wall and I was like, ‘This is real. bad’. I’ve seen his Dee Dee sketches. It’s about a hunter who lives in a shabby, barbaric apartment and has fucked it all up. “

Fender added: “Finding humor in that darkness is very powerful. It just makes me laugh the fuck, and you have to find the humor when the chips drop in price. That is the beauty of it. I think Scots and Geordies are really good at it. It’s one of our goddamn talents. ”

Can the Fender and Limmy collaboration be realized?

“Ah damn, he won’t come near us!” Fender replied. “I wish he would!”

Speaking of collaborations, Fender also revealed in the winners’ room how he worked with Sigrid.

“We’ve done a bit of writing and content, but nothing has worked out,” he said. I did some co-writing on the side with my own stuff. I was too uncontrollable to write copper, but I opened my heart to that world. ”/

Fender continued: “We are on the cusp of a wave at the moment. It’s impossible to have time just to record so much of my own follow-up content – never mind recording someone else’s hit.”

He has revealed that something is being worked on with Geordie troubadour, Sting.

“Sometimes Sting Facetimes for us,” Fender revealed. “Normally, oddly enough, I end up showering at the same time. I was going to do a gig with him, but that was rescheduled. I told him I’d love to sing ‘If I Ever Lose My Faith In You’ with him, because it’s the hardest song on the planet and I absolutely want to sing it. There is another song called ‘All This Time’, which is a song about our hometown. “

On working with Sting, he continued: “We did a track with him and Mark Knopfler. That’s just some of the guitar stuff, but it’s the nerve-wracking thing – playing guitar to Mark Knopfler’s soundtrack. Springsteen joined in, too, and millions of others. All the legends and then only me – a stupid Geordie! ”

Fender had a busy summer touring, including a date with 45,000 fans at London’s Finsbury Park with Fontaines DC, Declan McKenna, Beabadoobee, Goat Girl, Nilüfer Yanya, Rachel Chinouriri, Stone, Heidi Curtis and Kay Greyson.

The recent 15th of July sold out tickets, which Fender called “absolutely ludicrous”. Sam Fender on Limmy, Sigrid, Sting and advice for young artists

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