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IN THE END

What’s up folks? Why the heck is the new blog called “In The End”?

 

Very easy.. actually I wanted to explain you why Ryan and I covered that song. I really appreciate Andy Black’s work/voice and I really liked that song so much that I felt like giving it a different spin on it! I wanted to challenge myself and cover that song not as a fan but I really wanted to add something mine on it.

 

Some of you will like the song.. other won’t! The point in creating art is expressing ourselves.. little spoiler.. I did not play any solo on purpose cos the original song has already a good vibe. What I did is re-arrange the song in a cinematic way or at least.. in the cinematic way I like working with. You know, when you cover a song, it’s very easy to make copy paste and do the same thing… that’s why I don’t like covers BUT if you take something and you make it yours things will be a bit different!

 

The real challenge in this case is taking something good like Black Veil Brides did and not ruining the song.. actually the difficult part is also adding originality! I know many of you liked our version of KIDNAP THE SANDY CLAWS that you can download it here for free (for those ones that haven’t checked the song just yet) I announced through a blog that during the year I will arrange the whole soundtrack from Nightmare before Christmas.. you can read my blog here or find other songs from the soundtrack I arranged so far here.

 

Just be excited cos lots of stuff is coming believe me I’m working very hard! I hope you’ll enjoy our version on IN THE END.

 

Love you

 

SAM

TRICK OR TREAT

Trick or treat?!?!

 

Hi there, yes I know it’s not Halloween but like I always say.. Halloween for me it’s a lifestyle!How did I become the Halloween-man? why is it so important to me?.. Let’s get it from the start:

 
The word Halloween man does not exist.. I don’t even think it’s proper english BUT I could not care any less! We create our own world and we play by the rules that we impose. So get enough people repeting something you say.. and then your rule turns into reality! (more or less) That’s how history was made actually… there’s always the idiot preacher about something and humans usually follows if they like what they hear. so in this case I would be the idiot ;_;!

 
Halloween is very important to me.. I created my own world/fanbase/music getting inspired by the whole concept of it! Since I was a kid I was always into monsters, horror, spooky, scary and stuff like that.. (I guess like many) But the real reason I’m on love with halloween is due to a very sad period of my life! I ever really explained my story to anybody.. maybe one day..perhaps?!?! What I can tell you is that when I was a kid I had a strong/bad depression due to personal matters…I was feeling without motivation/ purpose to do anything.

 
My life situation back then brought me to that. I visited a doctor/spycholohist for the first time ever in my life and I remember very well it was October 31st! In his office the doc had lots of Halloween decorations! Pretty unusual cos in my country Halloween was not such a big hit like in the UK or the US… I mean Italy has lots of history but it was not very big on Halloween stuff in the 90s. So my parents did not care abpout that celebration and I honestly had no clear picture in my head of what Halloween really was!

 
The doctor noticed on the spot I was fascinated by his carved pumpkin (LOL) and after speaking for 2 hours or so… he used the whole concept of that day to give me a small input to react. The colour pallette although were/are fall-ish colours so kinda sad colours apart from the orange, have me a reaction.. I was feeling something inside of me… I was a brilliant kid but people used to refuse my interests cos they were not what the average people was aming at. for example? I was born in Italy and the average kid wanted to play football and dreamt of being a pro player… while me on the other side wanted to become a classical musician/orchestra conductor and I wanted to use my brain for something smarter than just running behind a ball…… My family itself looked at me like I was a weird kid but anyhow.. the point was that Halloween.. the stories.. the colours and the whole essence really helped me getting out of my depression. It was wrong believing in a different world.. cos it was not real but it served its purpose back then! Here though comes what happened to my brain.. I promised myself I would have built my own world/music style around that.. that’s when I really decided I would have become the HALLOWEEN MAN! I’m not a fanboy! In fact I never fanboy anything or anybody.. but the reason you see me posting halloween things it’s cos for me it’s a lifestyle for real!

 
If you could see my house there’s Halloween things lying around the whole house lol.. REMEMBER in your life you create the wolrd you live in! Create what you like and live it at its best! Thanks for reading.

 

 

Sam.

 

 

 

 

COVERING NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS?

Helloooo,

I know many of you were very curious about the song “Kidnap the Sandy Claws“! I got tons of comments, tweets and messages so I believe many of you were super excited! Before starting the blog let me thank Ryan Howell for the amazing performance and Chris Simmons for helping me out with the bass guitar since I didn’t have much time to do everything!

So here we go…I guess many of you already listened to the track I covered a while ago “WHAT’S THIS” right? I beg your pardon? YOU DID NOT? LOOOOL I’m joking! but for all of the fans that didn’t check that song out yet… you can stream it here and download it here among other free tracks!


Anyhow..When I was 10 years old(I think)or maybe 12… I promised myself I would have covered the songs from Nightmare Before Christmas’ soundtrack, I was so into the movie… so I had decided already I would have covered those tracks in my own style.
I’ve been a big fan of Danny Elfman since I whatched Batman if I remember well.. and I was just a kid! I usually hate covering songs but if I really do it it means I feel like the songs need to put my spin on.. If you can understand what I mean.. I was never a fanboy… I always try to get something and make it custom according to my vision.

Actually I thought it would be fun playing “Kidnap the Sandy Claws” or “This is Halloween” live! To really anjoy the whole magic pure essence of those tracks! Now here I GIVE YOU A BIG PIECE OF NEWS you will get excited with! I don’t know when still but I will try to cover the whole soundtrack from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”!! So what do you think? I’m already excited although I know it will take me lots of work!


I won’t tell you anything else about this matter but trust me… LOTS OF MUSIC IS COMING from Ryan and I! Lots of free tracks and in the end our 2nd album… so stick around, Ryan will probably kick me for telling you one of the many secrets we have!
All of you that are reading this blog, THANK YOU very much! I’m super busy but I try to keep up with blogs cos it’s the right way to share life experiences. If you want to check all the tracks I’ve covered/produced from THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS so far here you can find the free download link or the streaming link:


1) SALLY’S SONG – Performed by Season Of Ghosts (produced by Zombie Sam)

2) WHAT’S THIS – performed/arranged/produced by Zombie Sam (Ryan Howell on vocals)

3) THIS IS HALLOWEEN – performed/arranged/produced by Zombie Sam (Ryan Howell on vocals)

4) KIDNAP THE SANDY CLAWS – performed/arranged/produced by Zombie Sam (Ryan Howell on vocals)

I hope you enjoyed the blog and the free song Kidnap The Sandy Claws.

LOVE YOU
SAM

 

 

 

 

1 DAY IN THE STUDIO WITH SAM

Hi there,

Welcome to this blog! For all the new fans I’m ZOMBIE SAM a music producer/artist/visionary. I play in my own band Zombie Sam and as session guitarrist for the band Season of Ghosts. I write blogsto share parts of my life with my fans cos all of you for me are a big family.

I know many fans wonder “what does Zombie Sam does in his days?” and that’s what this blog is all about. I usually work everyday in my studio.. when I’m not on tour that’s how I spend my days.

Let’s get more detailed, cos I want you to feel like you are really gonna be with me for one day and sitting next to me keeping me company and having a tuour in my studio/world with this blog!

 

I don’t ususally have a precise allarm in the morning, I wake up around 9am on an average and right before getting in the studio, I usually shake my metabolism jumping rope on an empty stomach. It helps your body waking up faster and pushing your organism/metabolism into burning faster. Then..it’s breakfast time.. after that I make myself a black coffee without sugar of course, just to trigger my ADHD. What’s ADHD?

I wrote ablog about it not long ago so if you want read it here to learn more about the topic.

 

I always try to use my ADHD to serve me for what I need the most in my everyday life. If you find the key to balance yourself… then you will be able to turn the problem into a winning point. I have accessive energy so I ususally use it to compose/ arrange music, but anyhow.. I sit on my chair and before making any music I spend quite a few hours: checking my schedule, checking all the emails (amswering to all of them), looking at my social medias and answering fans’ messages or at least to a good part of the last messages I’ve gotten, posting on FB,TW,IG and answering all possible comments.

Like I always say..artists need to be humans 1st of all and they need top take care of those ones that make you grow and become popular. It happens that you might have busier periods in your life and I don’t say to answer to everyone no matter what.. but if you really want, you can dedicate the right time to your fans even if you are super famous/busy. Fans are your energy and your everything so there’s no excuse!! Just be careful cos whoever brings you upo.. with the same power can drag you down.

 

This job takes quite a few hours of my day and around 3 or 4 pm circa I can finally start working on music. So what do I do.. I check all my notes, I’m a very tidy person and I take notes of all my ideas.

Recently I’m working on some covers I know you are excited about! I want to pull out lots of content for all of you. You do really deserve that! The apart from new covers, I’m actually busy on Zombie Sam’s 3rd album(although the 2nd is not released yet) and the Season Of Ghosts 2nd album as well. I make soundtracks and adverts when a company asks me to but not right now. I’m really focusing on those 2 bands cos It’s the right moment to!

 

Trying to muiltitask all this usually and although it sounds like nothing.. believe me the clock from 3 pm directly hits 1 or 2 am like time lasted af few seconds! time really flies!PLUS consider that every now and then in between I gotta find the time to follow human tasks like: shopping.. food.. cooking.. the gym etc.. Everyday I don’t know how to clone my self do follow my own schedules lol!!

Anyway.. this is how I spend my days on an average when I’m not close to a tour.. cos if there’s a tour coming then the mess multiplies for 100 and we level up to incredible mess!!! LOOOOOOL

 

I hope you enjoyed putting your noses into my private life!! LOL I’m joking but I do really hope you appreciated the fact I shared something about my private life.

BE EXCITED for the music that’s coming!! BELIEVE ME YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!

 

Sam

 

 

 

 

THE REAL POWER INSIDE YOU

Hi there,
I feel so sad sometimes reading fans’ emails.. when they talk about getting bullied having a hard time at school or at work! It makes ma very nervous seeing all that. Let me tell you something…It’s about time I voice my opinion about this and I hope it will be helpfull for many of you. I just want you to get some good/positive energy.

 

Whoever is bullying you, usually ain’t the real strong person! In fact it’s always the other way around. Not everyone that looks though is really that though inside.

 

Behind the bully’s mask there’s always something hidden..many times it’s: INFERIORITY COMPLEX, LACK OF EDUCATION, LACK OF MANNERS, FEAR TO SHOW THEMSELVES FOR WHAT THEY REALLY ARE, FEAR TO BE CHALLENGED BY OTHERS and the most important of all.. NO SELF ESTEEM!

 

Try to read between the lines and you will see.. all those are bad points!So why do you think they are stronger? THEY ARE NOT! For weak people the best way of defense is TO ATTACK 1st! This way many times they trick you into believing they are the strong ones. It’s 100% the other way aroud. Remember.. who shouts louder ain’t the best…who hits harder ain’t the best either and just cos you get abused doesn’t mean you are the weak one!!

 

It’s the opposite and you should laugh about it… whatever the situation is! laugh about them in their face cos they DON’T KNOW ANY BETTER.. so poor them! YOU DO know something better so FIGHT BACK not with violence… use your brain and your words cos thatre’s nothing better than that! In the end they are the loosers so make sure to say this.. they are not superior to you.. they might just be bigger or whatever.. they are inferior to humans in general if they can’t respect others!!! They are THE REAL WEAK PEAPLE with 0 inner power!

 

I’d like top speak to each one of you that get through difficult times so if you just need an advice you can email me. I might be late answering but I always get the time to answer fans!

Take care!
Sam

 

 

 

 

TURNING DREAMS INTO REALITY

How are you fellas?

I’m pretty busy recently, actually more busy than usual. I promised you would get more stuff from me and Ryan before we release the new album and now I ended up multitasking on more things than I can handle.

Today I want to speak about life changes! Although we all come from different circumstances/lives..I believe when you wanna change something in your life..we all end up doing the same thing.. following the only real way to change things!

I’m always very square and strict in everything I do, I always follow the best rule I’ve been taught:”DO IT WELL OR DON’T DO IT AT ALL” so everytime I want to change something in my life.. I make sure to get the right time to think before acting.

I don’t know what your plans are but I certainly give you a few tips, I never speak randomly and everything I say/write is based on my life’s experience. So let’s start.. shall we?

To change/improve your life 1st of all it usually takes courage, perseverance and a big fat strong will!
You need to work on yourself first and this actually should be your main target! Improving yourself it’s a 24/7 job and it’s a FOREVER and EVER job!!!

Here you go some tips in order to achive a few goals and level up in your life:

1- Stop caring about what people usually say, filter people’s words cos not everyone has something very good or wise to say about you. We are way too many milions of people on this earth and many of them really just waste your time. So really care about those ones that have to teach you something or give you something that can be really useful to your personal growth.

2- You need to set up your life with small targets that you can achieve with a bit of effort. Not too difficult in the beginning and then pretty big steps when you are really good managing your life/taks very well. So in the beginning start with weekly tasks/targets. Then extend to monthly targets.

3- Don’t get stressed if you fail in the beginning or you do not achieve all your goals.. obviously try hard but if you can’t, just try harder in the next target. The real point is to push yourself in general and you will see that you will achieve something for sure believe me. Whatever you did is for sure better than doing nothing so calm down and push your self more next time.
4- Always try to do something more than you just planned. Going out of your comfort zone is never easy but try to overdeliver each time you have to do something. The more the better. Whatever you do it’s only for yourself so you are gonna enjoy in the end for sure!

5- Take notes on paper for your daily tasks

6- Note down all your big targets on a calendar. Set up deadlines!

Sounds easy right? If you believe I don’t know your life situation.. I probably don’t but there’s no excuse for not evolving your life unless it’s a life threat period, so for all the other cases I APPLY what I wrote above. IF YOU WANNA DO SOMETHING DO IT WELL OR DON’T DO IT AT ALL!

You will meet lots of people in your life.. many will stay around you.. many you will call them friends and many others will leave.. always listen rather than talk too much cos we gotta learn from each other.
Many times people will try to drag you down but that’s part of life.. other times people will help you but the whole point is that you gotta take care of yourself each moment of this life… nobody will care about you more than your own self.. so love yourself and try to stay focused. you just have this life so live it at its best.

Love you I hope you enjoy tha blog.

Sam

AROUND THE WORLD

What’s up folks?

I’d like to share something about my experience around the world! I had the pleasureto visit quite a few countries so far… due to work or even “little escape”(from too much stress).I’m a European dude so I’m in love with a few places of the European Union..I’m in love with Austria and Vienna to be exact..I had the pleasure to live there for quite a few years, I love Germany, Switzerland, Belgium.. I like France.

 

I’m in love with Austria and Vienna to be exact..I had the pleasure to live there for quite a few years,
I love Germany, Switzerland, Belgium.. I like France..

 

Of course I love Italy..I’m Italian so I really love the place I was born/come from but I never stick long all the time I’m there. Recently I had the pleasure to visit Japan (which I found it INCREDIBLE) and last summer we toured the US with Season Of Ghosts.

 

I’m a fan of Sweden although I did not visit the country yet…What can I tell you about UK?..Very interesting country but it’s not really my cup of tea… I was always that kid growing up dreaming about Hollywood and California lol…actually the US in general and indeed that’s where I’m headed next I guess :).
I’d like to show you all the fantastic memories in my head of all the places I visited..One day I’ll upload tons of pictures from all those places.. there are so many other locations I want to visit.. I actually consider travelling like collecting things/countries or cities lolI prefer seeing it in that way.

 

How many places did you visit so far?

 

Comment on my social medias if you want to answer to this blog.

 

Find me on IG, TW or FB! Thanks for being around folks.. recently I posted a hint of the vocal lines Ryan Howell did on the cover of IN THE END (Black Veil Brides) we are working on. Check it here if you missed that. We are excited to show you our work.. so just stick around!

 

Love you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STARTING YOUR MUSIC JOURNEY

Very frequent question I get from fans?
“HOW CAN I START A BAND IN A PRO WAY?”

What’s up folks? I hope you are all fine! Let me give you a few tips about this matter!

1st of all: what kind of idea do you have about making a band? What’s your target?
For example my dream was to be a musician and doing it for a living <– Which I do not reccomend
if you think doing that is easy.. dreams usually are very difficult to achieve and many times
people don’t know what it really takes to be a musician as job…many can see just the fun part…
you have no idea how many sleepless night…how many times you’ll get shut doors in your face and
also people trying to drag you down. You need lots of effort to reach a “level” and after you
reach that guess what? you will try to upgrade even more and reach a different level.. so this
is a never ending job!

Don’t get me wrong! Music is my job and I’m very happy with my life! I just want to make sure
you rellay know what being a musician as job is like! I want to you be keep your feet on the
ground by always being realistic! I’m not trying to discorauge you!

So after I wrote all this I can give you a few tips that you should consider everyday
and using it as holy bible:

– HAVE A GOAL/VISION
– MAKE SURE THAT WHAT YOU DO IS ORIGINAL
– WORK HARDER THAT YOU COULD HAVE EVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD
– “OVERDELIVER” IN EVERYTHING YOU DO
– NEVER GROW AN “EGO”!!! EGO= NO LONG CAREER
– BE HUMAN! ALWAYS CARE ABOUT YOUR FANS
– MAKE SURE YOUR PRODUCTIONS ARE VERY GOOD
– IMAGE=LIFE SO REALLY TAKE CARE OF THAT
I don’t think I need to tell you to gather good musicians right?

There’s much more I could tell you but that’s for advanced steps.. so if you wanna
start a serious band and get inside the music biz.. just follow these points above…

Other option: If your target is to play covers only, then just have fun and don’t get
too stressed ^_^, you still need to take care of lots of things but in a very easy way.
How to develop your band, dreams and follow all the tips I gave you.. well I can’t tell you
about that cos that’s part of everybody’s journey and it’s different for each one of us.. but
whatever you do, remember to enjoy every part of it! NEVER GIVE UP.. You’ll get to experience
many good and sad moments but NEVER GIVE UP believe me… I keep repeting this to myself everyday!

Love you!
Sam

BEHIND THE SCENES OF A HALLOW TALE

How many fans here know my video “A Hallow Tale“? Probably many.. and to those ones that don’t know it yet, give it a look here . Let me tell you something very important: THANK YOU so much for all the support and love I’m getting all these years from you.. I promise that things are just gonna grow more and more!

I wanted to show you a few pics of behind the scenes of the video…As far as I remember I have incredible memories.. happy and sad.. But that’s life right?!We had lots of fun taking the video and Ivan(previous singer) had incredible ideas.For those ones wondering, Ivan was the singer on “SELF CONSCIOUS INSANITY” (The album you can find it everywhere) and we are no longer working together since years now.

 

An amazing and talented singer joined me on my new album and his name is RYAN HOWELL, follow him on IG, TW, or FB. We are gonna release lots of stuff for you very soon and after that the new album itself.

 

Anyhow.. getting back to the topic.. To take A Hallow Tale video we took quite a few days, I can’t tell wether it was 5 or 6 right now..mhmm but anyhow you get the idea that it was a long work. That event was also the 1st time Sophia from Season Of Ghosts and I met. We took the video in my favourite woods..the places I used to walk or better saying used to walk when I was living in Italy. The make up was made by an amazing artist which is also the same person that created Jack O’ Lantern’s mask.

We All did the best we could and I guess our efforts paid back very well!Now you just gotta wait for the new videos and the ideas I have, are crazy..It will happen I promise 😛

 

Thanks for reading, I wanted to share some moments of that video with you since I while. Let me know if you liked this blog on my IG, TW or FB.. You can find me anywhere you want!

Love ya.

 

 

 

 

 

LIFE ON THE ROAD

Hi folks, how’s your week so far?
Recently I’m answering lots of fans emails about my music life and how does it feel
on tour.Actually, at the moment I kinda miss touring, my life/career is usually
divided in 4:
1)MUSIC COMPOSITION
2)RECORDING NEW MATERIAL/NEW ALBUM
3)RECORDING FREE COVERS/SONGS
4)PREPARATION FOR TOUR/TOURING
All these parts do not include “REST”!I guess it sounds weird to you but for me it’s
the right moment to push hard and work harder.Anyhow let’s not go out of topic..
Touring for me is something very special, being on
stage really makes me feel free of any stress. It’s an overwhellming sensation that
you get inside yourself. I always tell my fiance and music partners that I really
love being on the road.Many times I feel like I was born for that..
Fans always see it like a fantastic thing to do.. and believe me it really is great
touring and meeting fans BUT what you are not aware of… it’s all the stress
musicians go through on tour.There are many things you might be stressed about,
example:
Being worried of making mistakes although you’ve been prepared very well for your
gigs.
Being afraid of going through technical problems that might compromise your
performance (although it’s not you fault) that in the end puts you in a bad light to
the audience.
There are so many things you can be stressed about BUT personally… as soon as I get
on stage, I really forget about any kind of stress. This is me though and everyone is
different.I empty my mind and I just know I gotta do my job and that’s all.
What really matters there for me is to play well and create a connection with the
crowd!Actually creating a connection with your crowd is THE thing you gotta focus the
most. If you prepared yourself for the tour like you are supposed to.. I’m sure
you’ll play well so just focus on the people in front of you! Involve them with the
connection you have with your band and become a part of whole.
Our job is not an office job, we are there to give something and we gotta give the
best we can, we gotta give the all the good energy we can!
I hope with this blog to answer all your questions.. my new album is finished and I
hope to meet all of you on stage as soon as possible.
Love you and thanks for reading!