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He's got the Wright stuff to make it; Ahead of a gig at Newcastle's Think Tank, singer Sam Wright speaks to RUTH LAWSON.

Byline: RUTH LAWSON

HE'S still finding his feet when it comes to his sound, but Sam Wright is having plenty of fun doing so.

The young singer-songwriter's fascination with music began in his early teens when his first guitar was introduced into his life.

Not wishing to conform to the confines of being taught how to play this fine instrument by a teacher, he decided to take the reins himself.

And it seems he's actually quite a good teacher, so if all else fails at least he's got that career to fall back on, but I doubt that will be necessary for this talented Tyneside lad.

Sam tells me about where it all began: "I was given a guitar when I was about 12 years old and didn't really pick it up till I was 13 or 14. I taught myself guitar with a few exceptions of lessons here and there, but they never really benefited me so I decided I'd do it myself.

IWhoever a "I think the first song I learned was House of the Rising Sun by The Animals. My first band was an absolute blur of genres starting with Blink 182 pop punk covers all the way to heavy metal, it was crazy but then again even now I have such a wide range of musical taste. played with there a always and friendly between us "I started performing with my band towards the age of 15 and we did all right. It was a great experience to be able to do music with a group of my closest friends.

"I went through a few bands and then decided I wanted to go it alone so I put down the electric, picked up the acoustic and that's what made me want to start singing."

The Newcastle-based musician is currently enjoying the freedom to be able to play around with his music and his sound, which he still believes is very much in the making.

And he's already received the thumbs up from friends, fans and industry bods alike. He says: "I have had some amazing responses from general listeners just digging the tunes; my friends are always singing my songs too.

"I've also had a great response from people in the North East music scene too. People like Nick Roberts (BBC Newcastle), the guys at Generator and also the guys at Amazing Radio have helped me out a huge amount when I first started this project.

"Most importantly though, my family have been very supportive and throughout this journey I have acquired some key musical relationships and friendships, such as my manager, Myles, and Rob and Chris, my drummer and bassist."

have " Sam feels lucky to be a fledging musician in the North East as the region boasts an eclectic mix of emerging artists as well as trendy venues and independent studios dotted around.These are areas Sam is tapping show is into in a bid to make the most out of what's on his doorstep.

warmth vibe He adds: "The online North East musical community is great and it seems once you start to know the right people, it's just an upwards spiral of networking with people who have the knowledge and resources to give you that little bit extra."

And can the same camaraderie be said of playing and performing with fellow North East acts? Apparently, yes, Sam tells me: "Whoever I have played a show with there is always a warmth and friendly vibe between us.

"At the end of the day we are all trying to reach the same destination and it would be foolish and petty to feel anything but encouragement towards these local artists."

Sam and his band have recently pumped all of that competitive passion into his latest single, The Morning After, which is out now with a video soon to follow.

Sam will be performing at Newcastle's Think Tank on Saturday, November 16, supporting Brothers and Bones.

Motel Mari By RUTH LAWSON A TASTE of South Africa will hit Tyneside shores this weekend.

Newly-refurbished The Head Of Steam will welcome art rockers Motel Mari on Saturday night who have received international acclaim for their cross-culture sound, The band is made up of Joao Orecchia, Mpumelelo Mcata and Tshepang Ramoba.

Shortly after landing in Johannesburg in 2004, Orecchia, a Brooklyn-born and schooled wanderer, who wound up in Berlin as a teenager messing with experimental punk before moving years later to South Africa, heard some talk about a psychedelic afrorock outfit called BLK JKS.

They became fast friends and have been working together on projects ever since. Mpumi and Tshepang, guitar and drums respectively, contributed to Joao's 2009 album, Hands & Feet, and would often join him on stage, adding thunderous beats and general bigness to the otherwise textural and floating soundscapes.

Slowly they started becoming a band and so Motel Mari was born.

As part of the current European tour, Motel Mari will play tomorrow at The Head Of Steam with support from Grandfather Birds and Zyna Hel.

Tickets are PS5.

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