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Louisiana's Upcoming Gem Sydney Sam Releases "Talkin" Just In Time for Pride

My name is Sydney Sam and I'm from Lafayette, Louisiana . I've actually only been actively making music for a little under a year so I think I'm still learning even though I feel way more confident in myself than when I first started.

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You recently released your single “Talkin” for Pride Month, how would you describe its connection to Pride and it’s overall theme & sound?

I really wanted to release Talkin' for Pride Month mostly because that's who the song was meant for to me. I seen; in my head, queens dancing and glitter and wigs and rainbows lol. I wanted it to be an anthem and I wanted people to feel free when they listen to it. Honestly that's what music is to me; an escape, no matter how temporary. And I feel when we listen to music we all come together to enjoy that experience freely no questions asked it doesn't matter who we are we're just people who love music.

Tell us about the process of creating this single, what inspired you the most?

Other songs or even phrases certain people say to me usually resonate with me and I start writing. When I heard the beat I immediately loved it and wanted to explore the sound because it was something so very different from my usual sound. I also got inspiration from Rihanna and Calvin Harris's collaboration "This Is What You Came For". The feel good vibe was something I wanted to keep constant. 

What does Pride Month mean to you?

Pride Month to me is about coming together despite our differences and celebrating them. When I think of pride, I think of a mass of people whose varying, diverse identities who are who they are no matter who feels however. It's celebrating a constant battle of being accepted in a world that hates different. It's celebrating being different and that being magical. 

How do you wish your single to connect and inspire lgtbq+ youth?

When I hear this song it makes me happy and makes me want to dance. I don't know if you've seen Pose on FX but watching them and seeing how music was and still is such a different universe for the characters it really struck a chord with me because that's exactly how I feel. Music is my escape and I identify my feelings or my thoughts through music. Songs and frequencies make us feel things (it's science). I want my music and Talkin' specifically to be a four minute euphoric escape to not think and just dance. People talk about you everyday without knowing you but you can't let that stop you from living your day to day. Let the ones who are "talkin" have something to talk about.

Even though I am not a member of the LGBTQ+ community, they are respected in my eyes. As a black woman I get being looked at as an other, as a target. And I respect their ongoing battle that they face everyday. I have proud friends in the community who have shared their struggles and even when creating the single I let them hear it to get their input. I wanted to know if this is something the community would enjoy. I wanted to know if they could hear this in the ballroom. I wanted to be intelligent in the community. Gay black men helped to create this sound and I wanted to get it from the creators. I wanted to be well versed and not vulture an entire community just for music. I wanted to show respect for it and do it right and respectfully. Once again, music was an escape for the community and I wanted to make sure I showed them and the sound itself justice.
— Sydney Sam

have you faced any challenges pursuing your career, and if so, what do you believe needs to be changed?

I would tell people to go for it and take yourself extremely seriously. Take every step you take seriously and people will respect you for it. Don't just put out music to put it out. Be meticulous, be picky, hate on yourself a little bit so you can always be humble and always be ready to take note and grow. This business can get discouraging and as artist we're super sensitive and constantly comparing ourselves. Just do what feels right to you and your art and your sound. It's ok to not sound like what's hot right now because what's hot always changes and you wanna stay true to you.

If you had to give women one piece of advice for pursuing any creative endeavours, what would it be?

For women specifically I want to tell them to really go for it! Fuck these guys they'll still be here when you reach your goals. Don't let anyone make you feel less than you are and if you do cut them loose. Drink hella water. For my black women (hey y'all) I want you to never believe what anyone thinks about you. We are blessings. We are worthy. We are smart. We are beautiful. We are important. 

Thank you Sydney

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