“When you’re bored of London, you’re bored of life” goes the saying round these parts. This could equally be applied to the music that springs from the multi-cultural melting pot that is the UK’s capital. New artist after new artist spills forth from the thriving London scene on an almost daily basis, so it stands to reason that it would also be a fiercely competitive market, where something special has to come along to stand out from the crowd.
The latest to burst forth from these streets paved with gold (music) is Samm Henshaw, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter with a voice and attitude that belies his tender years. What singles him out is his desire to imitate artists with lasting careers, rather than chase that elusive “next big thing” status. Citing influences like Paulo Nutini, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier and Lauryn Hill, it is clear that Henshaw has his eye on the twin prizes of longevity and control of his creative output, which can only stand him in good stead.