Sam’s back with a sound new show

For­mer Wig­gle Sam Mo­ran is back with his new show, writes

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What’s it like be­ing back on cam­era?

It’s been just over 12 months (since my last TV work) and the easy an­swer is that it’s fan­tas­tic. There was a mo­ment when I was stand­ing on set, ready to go and they called ac­tion and then I had a brief mo­ment of panic, but sure enough it came flood­ing back – and it felt re­ally nat­u­ral. This time it’s you alone in the spot­light. Does that change your per­for­mance style at all?

Not re­ally. I thought it might, but (my per­for­mance) has al­ways been about mak­ing that one-on-one con­nec­tion with the child at home, but through the tele­vi­sion. So ev­ery­thing I do is al­ways de­liv­ered straight down the cam­era so I’m talk­ing di­rectly to that child, so whether it’s you alone on cam­era or you with other peo­ple, you still de­liver the lines and talk to the au­di­ence in the same way. When you split from The Wig­gles, there was pub­lic dis­ap­point­ment for the way it was han­dled and a lot of sup­port for you. Were you sur­prised by the reaction?

I was absolutely floored. When you’re in The Wig­gles world, you’re in a bub­ble. So to get all that feed­back was just re­ally heart­warm­ing. Cer­tainly it was a big part of what en­cour­aged me to con­tinue to do what I’m do­ing.The feed­back I’m get­ting from par­ents now is how glad they are to see me on tele­vi­sion. And still, I’m get­ting mes­sages on Face­book and Twit­ter from the US and the UK be­cause they haven’t seen the show yet, ask­ing, ‘‘When are we go­ing to see the show?’ So what was your in­ten­tion in cre­at­ing Play Along With Sam? My back­ground was in mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion. I stud­ied mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion at the Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic so I wanted to bring some of my his­tory in that world and com­bine it with what I knew from chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment, from The Wig­gles. I re­ally wanted to start in­tro­duc­ing mu­si­cal con­cepts to chil­dren from a young age.

He’s a sound ex­plorer. He’s got his sa­fari suit and his pith hel­met ready be­cause he’s go­ing on a mu­si­cal ad­ven­ture and he’s ask­ing chil­dren to come along and help him find sounds from all over the world so that he can turn them into mu­sic. It’s re­ally about en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to see the sounds around them in their own lives and to use them to make mu­sic them­selves, whether it’s clap­ping or their own singing voices.

She’s def­i­nitely in the zone. She’s been a test au­di­ence for ev­ery­thing and all the mu­sic has def­i­nitely passed her strin­gent stan­dards. And she even co-wrote one of the songs. But she doesn’t know any dif­fer­ent, I don’t think she re­alises that ev­ery­one else’s dad isn’t on tele­vi­sion.

Play Along With Sam: Nick Jr, Fox­tel, week­days at 10am

So tell us about pro­fes­sor Sam. Who is he? Your daugh­ter, Eloise, is three, so is she old enough to work out what you do for a liv­ing?

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