Sam Kogon is an experimented musician from Brooklyn, he tells us about his band’s most recent release where he experiments with psychedelic catchy guitars and slow trippy melodies.
1. Even though “Before you knew me” is Sam Kogon’s debut album, when I first listened to it I felt like you’ve been doing this for years. How long have you been playing together?
I have been playing music since I was 5 years old and recording since I was in highschool, nothing serious but I started experimenting with recording when I was 12 or so. The band I currently play with is a Frankenstein conglomerate of people I’ve played with in previous bands, so we all go way back even if my solo project is pretty recent.
2. How long did it take you to finish this record from the composition to the recording process at the studio?
. The record took about a year to complete! But there were months where my producer Andrew Nerviano and I didn’t even do anything with it. It was really whenever we felt like it. I dig that we took our time on the record instead of rushing things. It always pays off in the end taking things at your own pace.
3. Did you try to get a specific sound or was it a natural result on the making of the album?
There was sort of a “bowery-nick-lowe” sound in my head that I think we nailed on “I Could Never” and “Plans”. I wrote a lot of these songs when I was living on St. Marks Place in the East Village. So naturally I was listening to a lot of Lou Reed at the time, which I think really comes out on “All You Wanna Do (Is Go Back To School).
4.You’ve also played with The Left Banke lately. What’s been your experience with them?
It’s a real honor (and a real trip) to be singing in The Left Banke. They were one of my favorite bands growing up. I have to pinch myself sometimes and ask myself: “is this real?!”
5.Which artists or bands influenced you when you first started to make music?
I think I’m pretty much like everyone else in saying that i was influenced by The Beatles, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, Elvis Costello, Cat Stevens….
6.Do you have any touring dates planned outside NYC for this new record?
I’m currently planning a mini European tour for next spring. But in the mean time my band and I are gearing up for CMJ which happens next month in NYC and we’ve been playing a bunch of college shows in the North East. We’re actually headed up to my old Alma Mater to play a show in Syracuse, NY and then over to SUNY Geneseo for another show. It’s nice doing weekend trips. You can cover a lot of ground without breaking the band fund.
7.Do you have a favourite track on this record?
I think my favorite track on this record is “I Could Never”. I’m just really proud of how it came out. Andrew outdid himself on this song. It sounds better than I heard it in my head. Another favorite is “On The Ceiling”. We recorded that song literally at the end of our recording session (I think we had 15 minutes left) and we did it all in one take, with the same delay patch on each instrument, recorded live. It was just one of those moments. We really created something cool and spooky in post-production to end the record with.