Musician Sam Huber gives funk and soul a futuristic twist with new double album ‘Up’ and ‘Down’
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Since his childhood, Sam Huber has had music as a main influence in his life.
The Helsinki-born singer-songwriter started playing the piano at the age of 9 and received classical training, but over time his teacher began to introduce different melodies into his repertoire.
“I had a really good teacher who gave me boogey-woogey songs to practice on, so it was kind of a gateway to rock and roll and blues and stuff like that,” said Huber. “My mom listens to a lot of music – The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and all that. We always had these kinds of groups at home. I listened to a lot of music, I like all genres. There is no genre that is foreign to me.
Huber played in a number of groups growing up, but began pursuing music professionally in his twenties in a band called Eternal Erection in 1994. The band had a funk sound that was not originally intended by Huber or his comrades. of group.
“I hadn’t planned it, it just happened like that. The first music I played was rock and roll, punk, new wave, we even did rockabilly. We just started jamming to some funk music. I listened to Stevie Wonder or James Brown, but I never thought it was something I wanted to do, ”Huber said. “A guy we knew told us, don’t do rock and roll stuff, do funk stuff, you sound a lot better. We were like we have to do this, can a white man from Finland do that?
Well, it turns out they could – the funk sound of Eternal Erection blew them up in Finland and had an enduring musical career for 24 years.
“It kind of became a thing and we got stuck in the funk and soul box for a while,” Huber said. “I noticed that my voice matched this music very well, but I didn’t know it before, I sang anything. My voice fits into this genre.
Huber has since made a solo career for himself and signed with True Groove Records in New York in 2016. After producing a few solo albums with the label, a new project emerged with the label: a double album that features highlighting Huber’s funk side and soul side.
“Up” and “Down” are the new albums, with “Up” having a more soulful sound and “Down” having more funky numbers. Initially, Huber had no intention of making the project a double album.
“A Finnish PR manager I work with said to me, could you do a double album to get more attention. We already have one that’s funky enough already, it should have a sibling, ”Huber said. “It shouldn’t be funk but should be related – the soul came naturally in this regard.”
“Up” takes a lighter approach to the funk sound, with more soulful ballads and tunes. According to Huber, the songs are airy and dancing, like the single “Up” “Hot Burning Summer”.
“Down” takes a darker approach to funk music and gives you more of an opportunity to take to the dance floor. One song in particular, titled “Hit It and Quit It”, adds a futuristic touch to the funk sound we all know and love.
“It’s a landscape that unfolds on the dance floor, on the highlight. You could say that this album explores the darker side of Future Funk; it’s a bit heavier, musically and lyrically, especially compared to the lighter, romantic songs on ‘Up’, ”said Huber.
Huber hopes that those who listen to “Up” and “Down” can appreciate the nuances of the album and breathe new life into funk and soul as a genre.
“I hope they really like that it’s like a time machine, but with a modern twist. The album ‘Up’ is transient in sound, but ‘Down’ is a soul album in a more modern way, ”said Huber. “It’s a little darker, not so festive. It has a darker tone that sounds more Bowie, which I like to call future funk. Hopefully, we can kind of renew that genre and do something interesting that doesn’t look like a copy of something.
“Up” and “Down” are available to stream on Spotify and Soundcloud. You can follow Huber by following him on Instagram @samhubermusic.