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01 Sam is a singer-song­writer who grew up in Eng­land and Canada, but now lives in Ber­lin. “It’s the first city I’ve been where I felt safe be­ing openly gay,” he says. “That’s a feel­ing I can’t un­der­value – I now have great friends here, a won­der­ful part­ner, and the time and space to make the mu­sic I want to.”

02 Grow­ing up, Sam sang in Ox­ford’s fa­mous New Col­lege Choir. There’s a nod to his mu­si­cal back­ground in the vo­cal ar­range­ment of new sin­gle Pret­ty­boy, which is all about an androgynous guy who’s com­pletely ir­re­sistible. “All the straight boys want him / And all the pretty girls wanna look just like him / Be­cause he’s fi­i­i­ine,” Sam sings on the chug­ging in­die-pop cho­rus. Check it out – it’s a real tune.

03 Sam says he’s

“frus­trated” by some of the queer mu­sic he’s heard in the past, and thinks he can pro­vide a fresh per­spec­tive.

04 “To­day I didn’t rue my vic­tim­hood or march through the streets proudly pro­claim­ing my sex­u­al­ity. To­mor­row I might, but queer life is about more than that. Our sex­u­al­ity is not the be-all and end-all of who we are,” he ar­gues. “Be­ing queer can be a ques­tion of sit­u­a­tion, not def­i­ni­tion or even iden­tity, I think. And ar­tis­ti­cally, that gives us a lot to work with. It means we can make art that doesn’t just speak to gay peo­ple be­cause they’re the only ones that will un­der­stand. We don’t just have to preach to the choir. Maybe we don’t have to preach at all. I’ve never been a fan of preach­ing any­way.” –

05 His de­but al­bum Ho­mo­topia is due early next year. “I’ve writ­ten a record that plays with stereo­types or ig­nores them, or tries to go to places we haven’t worked out stereo­types for yet, or goes to places we might not nor­mally de­scribe as queer,” he says. “To be hon­est, I prob­a­bly ballsed it up. I thought the ef­fort was worth it though!”

06 We think so too. And Ho­mo­topia is al­ready our favourite al­bum ti­tle of 2018.

Pret­ty­boy is out now, @sam­vancelaw

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