5 Questions with Rags #62 - Sam Klassik

I could use this space telling you about how dope Sam Klassik is. How he is constantly attempting high-level musical acrobatics, doing crazy-hard things like splitting the difference between earthy and spacey, between funky and atmospheric. I could tell you about how I met him on a bus on the way to Tall Tree Music Festival last summer and that he's a rad, thoughtful guy. I could tell you how he wails something fierce on the guitar. I could tell you about seeing his incredible range at that same Tall Tree as he smoked his own daytime set, sat in with Lazy Syrup Orchestra and EVeryman. I could tell you how he's become an instant fixture in my beloved hometown Victoria's music scene since his recent arrival. All of these things are deep and true, but when I called the good homie up for a little 5 Questions action, he had just finished getting some dinner down. And it really sounded like some good dinner. “Ghetto ramen. Pimped out Mr. Noodles. It has a bunch of broccoli, mushrooms, onions and carrots. And an egg. You gotta put an egg in there. It's the key, that elevates it above the average ramen. You just drop an egg in the water when it's boiling, before you put everything else in, and you kind of swirl it around but you keep the yolk intact. Then you end up with a really nice yolk in it and the white mixes in with the noodles - makes it tasty.” So, now you to can share in Sam Klassik's dinner special with a recipe from the man himself. Maybe make it after you read this awesome round of 5 Questions, or maybe to nourish yourself before you go have yourself a serious dance.

1. What was the first album you bought with your own money?

On tape or on CD?

Either one. Or both.

First album on tape I ever bought was Green Day – Dookie. First album I ever bought on CD was Oasis – (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. And the first one I ever ordered from Amazon was Slim Shady LP. I ordered it on a dial-up modem on my home computer. Amazon was on that mess back at the birth of the internet.

Which of those three is your favourite today?

Probably the Eminem one. Something about his lyrical content was really fun to listen to. It's definitely not acceptable by todays standards but I think that's what made teenage Sam like it so much. It was just totally off the rails. He talked about drugs at an age when may have been getting interested in that topic.

2. When's the last time you did something for the first time?

I created a beat as I was posting it to my Instagram story live in real time.

3. What's your most positive memory of a teacher growing up?

I had a history teacher named Mr. Lundry who taught grade 9 world history. He was really confident and really well-spoken. I feel like he taught me more about the world than the whole rest of my school career in one grade 9 class. It was a whirlwind tour through China, India, Europe. It was a lot of ground to cover but it really changed my worldview at that age. It was pretty strong. I never forgot it and as soon as you asked that question I automatically knew.

I also had a piano teacher – who wasn't even technically a piano teacher, she was a friend of the family who encouraged me to play piano when I was 6 or 7 and saw that I was talented. I always held a place in my heart for her because she was the first one to say, “Heeeeey, you might be gifted.”


4. If you could spend the day with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?

It would probably be Trey Anastasio, songwriter and lead-guitarist from Phish. I was really into Phish in high school and he was one of my big inspirations as a guitarist. He has a really cool philosophy that I'd like to know more about. He seems like the coolest dude. He'd probably be intimidating to hang out with and ask questions to. I'd probably have to come up with some questions beforehand. I'd love to shoot the shit with that guy.

5. What was your last personal triumph?

I think all the music I've made in the last month – the process has been very smooth. Since I moved into the Illvis Freshly house. Really, even before that. It's always a struggle with timing and whatnot. I've really been struggling the past few years is really getting chunks of time to work on creative stuff. I made a real point this year to make time to get stuff done and create. I was able to do the creative work, throw down 10 songs and then go in on each one, one at a time, until I was stoked on them. So now I have a whole album that I really got to spend a lot of time on. Other times I've made albums I've been in some dude's basement or closet, with two days or something to do it. I feel like every time I've tried to actually record something substantial it's just turned into a cacophony.

Congrats then on your recent productivity! We gonna hear some of this new stuff then on Friday (Jan.19)?

Yeah. I think I'm going to play pretty much all of the new stuff. I need to remove the guitar tracks so I can play live.

6. The guest question comes from Handsome Tiger...Where would you most like to perform your music, your dream venue?

I'd really like to play Bonnaroo. I used to go to Bonnaroo right when I was getting into festivals, so I feel like that would be the most personally gratifying to actually get booked there.

Photo by  Betty & Kora . 

Photo by Betty & Kora