Interview: Sam Yeldham (Guineafowl)

Guineafowl is Sam Yeldham, a young Sydney musician who is about to launch his sophomore EP I Hope My City Loves Me Still. We were able to find out a little more about him and how he got his start in this interview.

Hi Sam, Welcome to Beauty and Lace.
What inspired you to become a musician?

A laptop. I had played music throughout school, but it was not until I started to teach myself how to actually record music that I really think I was inspired to actually do it properly.

Can you tell us a little about how you came up with the name?

It was a nickname given to me when I was very young at school. A teacher decided to call me guinea pig due to a dangling fringe that covered my eyes. Then for no apparent reason he evolved it to Guineafowl. When choosing a name for myself, I wanted something that had meaning. And now I am stuck with it!

The upcoming EP, I Hope My City Loves Me Still, is released in October, can you tell us a little about it?

It was an EP written when I was going on these massive walks throughout Sydney. I would leave home at night and just walk and walk and walk. I needed to move and be outside, it’s as if, were I to be at home, with my thoughts, I would lose my mind. So walking helped me find some other way of thinking. I did this for months, every night. So, that’s what’s in the EP.

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How did the recording process differ for this EP to your debut EP Hello Anxiety?

It was not as much of a brief affair. I spent a bit more time in the studio working on these songs. I was also clearer on what I wanted and not as overwhelmed by being in a real studio, around multiple microphones as opposed to just my laptops in-built one. Also, working with Jean Paul Fung in a producer capacity (he engineered the first EP) was great. He is a talent.

How would you describe your sound?

I wouldn’t! I don’t know if I can describe it. Whenever someone asks me, my stock standard response is “big”. So I guess that is my sound, big!

What have you got in your CD player at the moment?

Kirin J Callinan’s debut album has been spinning a fair amount lately.

Can you tell us the first album you ever bought?

It was a Hottest 100 compilation. But the first album I ever owned was Nevermind (Nirvana).

What is your career highlight to date?

It’s still that first time I heard one of my demos on the radio. It was totally unexpected and I was driving at the time. I pretty much re-enacted the scene from “That Thing You Do” where the entire band dance around the street the first time they hear “That Thing You Do” on the radio, except I was alone. In Bondi.

You have a Live-To-Air performance at FBi Social on Wednesday September 4th, what can we expect from the performance?

Be prepared to huddle around the wireless and then move back from it a bit because the sound coming out of it will be so huge!

To follow Guineafowl you can find him online in these forums: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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