Interview/Gallery: Sam Tye of The Faim Talks Touring, Australia, and Musical Influences

SR: What’s your first music-related memory?

Sam Tye: I remember for Christmas when I was about five, I was given a play guitar. It was one that you plug into the wall and it has buttons on it and it does things. I remember I wanted to move around so much, like I didn’t want to keep it in the wall. So, I cut the cord with scissors, and my parents went crazy. They were like, “What are you doing?!” This is the day I received it. I was like, “Nah, I don’t want this cord on it.” I cut the cord and had this guitar that didn’t work. I was just pressing the buttons. That is my first kind of music-related memory.

I haven’t thought about that in such a long time. Holy God! It just popped into my head then. (Laughs.)

SR: What is your favorite song to play live?

ST: They’re all so different. I think my favorite song to play live would have to be “Make Believe." It’s definitely a song that connects to the audience a lot. Generally we play that like midway through our set and the crowd is warmed up. It’s just a great song to play live. It has everything in it that you want when you’re playing live. Yeah. That’s my favorite, at the moment. It always changes.

SR: How did you [and the rest of The Faim] meet? 

I met [vocalist] Josh [Raven] when I was about 13 years old. We used to play cricket together. I don’t know if they have cricket in America. It’s like an Australian sport. Yeah, we like grew up together pretty much. We live, like, literally five minutes away from each other. I met [bassist] Stephen [Beerkens] through Josh. I guess we all kind of lived in the same neighborhood so it was easy to meet each other and hang out. I think when you’re in Perth, which is such an isolated city, you can’t help [but] run into the same people a lot of the time.

SR: What’s been the craziest thing that’s happened to you at a concert?

I don’t know the craziest thing, but I got stuck outside of a gig in Paris in the rain once for like two hours. I was at the front and then the venue shut the doors. That’s not really crazy, but it’s not convenient. (Laughs.) That’s probably like the craziest thing that’s happened to me. There’s probably a lot of crazy things to come. (Laughs.)

SR: Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?

There’s so many that it’s ridiculous. I would have loved to [have] collaborated with Michael Jackson, but obviously, that’s no longer possible. So I think who I would want to collaborate with now would be Chris Martin from Coldplay, just because those really old Coldplay songs were songs I grew up on as a kid as well. You know Chris Martin is just a great songwriter in general. It’s such a huge band and I really admire the scale [at] which the band has progressed, and how big they are now. I just think he would be a cool guy to meet. I’ve seen interviews with Chris Martin and he just seems like a genuinely sweet guy. I would just love to meet him. I always wanted to be friends with Chris Martin basically. (Laughs.)

SR: Who’s had the biggest influence on your career? 

It’s going to sound kind of cliché but I think my dad would have had a big influence because my dad is a musician and I grew up seeing him play and [in] cover bands and stuff like that. He’s the person who started teaching me guitar when I was younger. I’d say Dad is someone definitely to thank for my musical endeavors. And influence-wise, I think probably the bands I listen to growing up like the Red Hot Chili Peppers were massive, like [they were] my favorite band when I was a kid. I think the first song, actually no, the second song I ever played was “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The first song I ever played was “Are You Gonna be My Girl” by Jet. I think the Red Hot Chili Peppers were a massive influence on me as a kid. I just wanted to rock out really. Yeah. And here I am today, so it worked out for the best, I think. (Laughs.)

SR: Did you always know that you wanted a career in music?

Yes and no. I think I always wanted to be in the arts somewhere, like whether it be music or acting or actual visual art. I always wanted to do something artistic. When you’re a kid you don’t really think about your career. You’re just kind of like, “I have fun doing this.” That’s what it is. So, I guess my point in my life now, yeah definitely. Like since growing up, the age of maybe 15, 16, I definitely started seeing music as a career, which is great, because it is something I enjoyed. When the idea came into my head that it was something that I could do as a career and a job, I was like, “Hell yeah! For sure! Would love to do it.” So yes and no. It wasn’t always something I wanted to do. There were so many different things I wanted to do as a kid. But I’m happy doing music. It’s the best.

What’s been your favorite show that you have played thus far and why was it your favorite? 

I would say our favorite, individually, would be different for different reasons. But I think as a collective, we would probably agree on Reading and Leeds festival definitely would be our favorite just because it was such a great experience first time playing Reading and Leeds. The festival, sort of seeing everyone’s there to have a great time. Yeah, that was really fun. In the States, I think New York was really good, obviously. But Texas is honestly treating us so well. Houston, the venue is amazing. Now we are here in Dallas and the venue here is absolutely amazing as well. This is our first time playing a show outdoors that’s not a festival. So I’m super excited [for] tonight. But to be honest with you, there’s something new about every show [that] we love, you know what I mean? We love the fact that we’re outside here in this really cool venue playing today. We love New York because it was New York. So everything is different. I think we’re always finding a new favorite show for one reason or another.

SR: What would you say is the most difficult part of being a musician?

I think because we love it so much, [we] don’t really think that anything is difficult. But I guess, it sounds like such a first world problem, like traveling for hours on end in a cramped van with 5 or 6 smelly guys who haven’t cleaned their clothes for two weeks. It’s probably the most difficult part. (Laughs.) But at the same time, we love it. I guess the most difficult part, other than that, is being away from family and friends. We’re always away. It gets difficult. You miss home, you miss friends, family. But all of our families are very supportive, all of our friends are very supportive. So it makes it easier. It’s definitely difficult being away for such a long period of time.

SR: What’s been the most rewarding moment for you thus far?

I think the most rewarding thing is just being able to travel the world and play music. A lot of bands don’t get the opportunity to do that sort of thing, especially from West Australia which is where we’re from. It’s just so isolated and it’s very unusual to find yourself touring the world. The band has put so much hard work into the music, into everything, into touring, into meeting the people that love our music. I think it’s really rewarding seeing those people coming to our shows on the other side of the world and know[ing] the lyrics to the songs and just enjoy[ing] every moment of the live show. That’s just super rewarding because you can reach people all over the globe. It’s just really special. I never understood what that meant when I first wanted to be a musician. You just don’t understand the scale of it. I think now I’ve learned to understand that I’m very grateful for where we are. The biggest reward is definitely getting to travel the world and meeting people who are music lovers.

SR: What are your biggest hopes for the future of the band?

I think we have so many dreams and so many goals of where we want to be. I think all of them are valid but I also think it’s very hard to predict the future. Anything can happen. I think, to be honest with you, as long as we’re playing music together for the next however long of our lives and enjoying it. We just want to be able to enjoy this for our lives for as long as possible. We’ve got lots of hopes and dreams, like headlining festivals, playing all around the world, and having an album that’s number one. Those are all the things that you want to kind of tick off the list. But I think at the end of the day, as long as we are still enjoying ourselves and there are still just a bunch of nights having fun on stage. I know it sounds corny but I think that’s, like, important. I think our goals for life [are] to just keep making music, keep staying true to ourselves, releasing music that means something to us and that we’re passionate about, and other people can be passionate about as well.

SR: What advice would you give to aspiring musicians? 

Anything worth having in this life isn’t easy. So if you really want to be a musician, believe in yourself, back yourself. Work at it every day, whether that would be learning an instrument or writing lyrics or getting on some music software and running some beats or whatever you want to do. The daily grind is really important. Meet people who are like-minded and enjoy yourself. I think as long as you’re working at it every day and you have an end goal in mind or something that you want to work towards, I think that’s a great place to start. Have something to say. You have a voice and you are your own person. Write about things that you’re passionate about and that you would love the world to experience.

Many thanks, again, to Sam Tye of The Faim for sitting down with Suburban Rose! You can check them out on the following platforms:


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