Samantha Whates

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Folk

Instrument/voice type: Songwriter

Location: London


Scottish singer-songwriter and Rough Trade Records recording artist Samantha Whates is a hugely respected figure on the London roots scene. Her beautifully crafted, poetic songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition, yet uniquely her own. Samantha’s new album Waiting Rooms, recorded entirely on location in various waiting rooms around the UK, is out now on Wonderfulsound.

A regular live performer, Samantha has played throughout the UK and Europe, from small town pubs to large festivals and major UK venues (Union Chapel, Sage Gateshead, Royal Festival Hall, Roundhouse, Green Man Festival, Great Escape). Samantha has enjoyed both critical acclaim and radio play (BBC 6 Music, Radio 2, KCRW, Resonance FM).

“The most beautiful album...”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

"Just gorgeous"
Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

"I love her voice"
Dolly Parton

Waiting Rooms, Samantha’s second album, was recorded live in a variety of locations, all waiting rooms, across the UK. Each space brought something new to the process, the end product of which is a field recording opus, as well as just reward for an epic emotional/logistical challenge, held together with the warp and weft of Samantha’s deft voice and her intuitive lyrics.

“Cannot be praised highly enough”
Folk Radio UK

“prepare to be captivated”

8/10 “ Sublimely crafted concept folk”
Louder than War

Waiting Rooms is out now on Wonderfulsound

Thanks to the support of the Do it Differently fund I will be able to home record a new EP of 5 songs named 'Alive', all written since the release of Waiting Rooms, around the theme of what it is to be alive and what it is to die. I will also be able to accompany the release with beautiful visual content that would otherwise not been possible.

I want to take this unexpected time of self isolation & reflection to record my own EP of songs which have been written since the release of Waiting Rooms, introvertly for the first time (both my previous solo efforts have been live recordings with waiting rooms being completely public even down to the recording session being in public spaces) to empower myself in self producing my own songs.

The Do it Differently fund will allow me to keep vital momentum going - which is especially important right now as all of my touring and performing has been put on hold.
I will also be attending the courses based around 'Fan Engagement Strategy',
'Building for the future by making the most of your time' &
'The bit between the Music+Business: YOU'
I am keen to build on the ecosystem I have created for my output over the last 5 years, and I want to use this time of isolation wisely and sensibly to try move into new healthy positive ground with my strategy and approach. The classic album roll out PR campaigns do not work for artists outside of the mainstream and I want to learn as much as I can about how to make something different work for me so that when the world starts to return to normal, I will have some insight and tools to be informed and to keep pushing forward.