Name: Sam Capolongo
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Currently residing: Skillman, NJ
Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence: I began playing music (piano) around 5 years old, and began writing songs with the guitar around 12, learning how to improve my music every day up until the present day, where I continue to write music in more of a rock/pop rock tone.
1. Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?
My biggest idol is Dave Grohl, however my favorite band by far is the Foo Fighters as a whole. My other huge influences are Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Green Day, the Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty, and 3 Doors Down.
2. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
“Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen definitely. It was the first true classic rock song I remember my dad showing me one car ride to my elementary school. I truly believe that’s when I realized how amazing music can sound, and very well could have triggered my will to write my own music.
3. How would you describe your perfect day?
Doing something fun with my best friends. Doesn’t even matter what we do. But every perfect day I’ve ever had has been with people that I love. Spending time with my friends makes me happier than I’ll ever be.
4. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?
I like to believe they appreciate my company. I try to be there whenever my friends need something, maybe even just someone to talk to. Just being a great friend – that’s what I appreciate the most out of them for and I’m sure that’s what they appreciate in me.
5. What is your most valued material possession?
A picture that was taken by my grandfather. It’s of a sunset on the lake that his house was on in Pennsylvania. He was so proud of that picture; entered it into a photography contest. I have the picture hanging in my room today. I remember him every time I look at it.
6. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?
Any one of my biggest idols. They’ve had such a huge impact on the type of musician and songwriter I have become. So if I ever got the chance to meet any of them, I wouldn’t want to say anything stupid!
7. If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?
My grandparents place in the Pocono Mountains. I had so many amazing memories there with my family. It’s so beautiful and quiet!
8. Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
I want to continue to coach baseball. It’s a game I’ve always loved and learned about over the years. I’m going to try to be apart of baseball as much as I can in my life.
9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?
Obviously, my dream would be touring the country a hundred nights in the year with an all-star band and with a new record to be released in the matter of weeks. However realistically, I just want to find myself in a successful financial situation and a somewhat enjoyable career; and of course, great friends and family to share my life with.