Sam Fischer is our KIIS Next Up Artist of the Week! He joined KIIS FM's EJ for a virtual interview about navigating life in quarantine, new music and more. When asked about the background of hit song 'This City,' he shared that he wrote it at a low point, but he's fallen back in love with the track after fans gave it a fresh breath of new life.
'This City' is my love-hate relationship with LA. It was around the time when I got dropped or was getting dropped - I don't know. I was in a bad way mentally, I was falling out of love with music. I had completely lost myself. Hated myself. It was like my diary entry, you know? It was a song that was for me and was because I just needed to get this out. I didn't think anyone would care about it because it was just me - no one cared about me. I didn't think anyone would care. Through my fans finding it and giving me this life now, it was re-defined the song for me and I've fallen back in love with it. It's about hope and even though you might be struggling, just keep going and believe in yourself and hold on. If you love it, do it.
When it comes to the artists that helped to shape his personal style, he can attribute his musical inspiration all the way back to car drives with his father.
Until I was about seven, we lived like a couple hours out of Sydney. It was an hour drive to school and an hour back. The three albums my dad had in the car was 'The Bodyguard' soundtrack - Whitney Houston. Michael Jackson's 'History Part Two.' Then like a Sundance rock compilation album. That was me until I was seven. And then it was like Destiny's Child, Human Nature, K-ci and JoJo, Donny Hathaway - it was like all old soul. Donny Hathaway was like my vocal god.
Check out Sam's exclusive acoustic performance of 'This City' for KIIS Next Up below and watch his full conversation with EJ above!