Borough musician is working on a second album following a successful first EP - The Solihull Observer

Borough musician is working on a second album following a successful first EP

A BOROUGH musician is using the momentum from the successful release of his first EP to record tracks for his second album.

Sam Ostler released his debut EP ‘She’s Leaving’ at the start of the year and has since received national attention from fans and BBC Introducing, helping to catapult his name into the music industry.

Despite only taking up singing as a hobby several years ago, the Hockley-Heath resident has used his time wisely and regularly plays gigs to hundreds – sometimes thousands – of adoring fans.

The 23-year-old is now preparing for the release of ‘The Story So Far’ early next year, while also having plans of going on tour to support large acts.

Speaking to The Observer, Sam said he felt less blind recording his second EP – adding that practice often makes perfect.

He added: “I’ve been in the studio for the past week working on the latest EP, I want it to be bigger and better than the last one.

“I had great feedback from the first release and it was played on national radio – which was beyond all of my initial targets and aspirations.

“I remember one day I had eight emails from the BBC, that was a moment I’ll remember as it was then I realised people enjoy my music on a national scale.”

Sam puts part of his success down to the support of BBC Introducing and producer Elliot Vaughan – who helped him record more than three million views on his hit single ‘Only Young’.

BBC Introducing allows upcoming artists to upload their music on the internet, should the station like the track they will then play it on national radio – thus giving relatively unknown artists the chance to build a potential full time career.

Sam describes his music style as a mix between rock and pop – emulating one of his all time favourite performers, Elton John.

The former Henley-in-Arden student said: “I’ve had more time in the studio this time around – I know more about what I’m doing and have picked up on some techniques to help me get along.

“I’ve taken some time out to focus more on my latest release too, generally I’ve put more effort into making this album the best it can be.

“Regarding live shows I’ve done bigger shows but fewer of them – sometimes in this industry less can be more.

“My employer have been superb to me and they’ve allowed me to work on this new release, their help really does mean a lot to me.

“I want to continue pushing and try to get a song in the charts, going on tour is another plan I have lined up.”

‘The Story So Far’ will be available for purchase on all major sites including iTunes and Spotify at the start of 2017.


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