Sam Martin Breaks Down Concept Album ‘Alpha Omega’: Exclusive

For so long as Sam Martin can keep in mind, he’s all the time wished to create a “correct idea album.” Now, the Grammy award-winning artist can lastly say he&#zero39;s performed it with the discharge his debut LP Alpha Omega, out right this moment (March eight).

The singer-songwriter takes listeners on a journey self-realization by way of dynamic pop anthems that talk to each necessary stage his life: people who have occurred already (corresponding to being born, going by way of faculty, getting married, having kids) in addition to these which might be but to come back (rising previous and life after dying).

“I give the very best respect to artists which have made idea data corresponding to The Wall & Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd and Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and] Abbey Road (2nd half) by The Beatles,” Martin tells Billboard. “For so long as I can keep in mind I’ve longed to make a correct idea album, and this was one these moments that made me understand I had performed it. Proud papa.”

Below, the NYC native — who&#zero39;s written hit tracks for Maroon 5, David Guetta, One Direction, The Chainsmokers, Jason Derulo and G-Eazy — tells Billboard the that means behind all the 18 tracks on Alpha Omega.

“The Birth”
Welcome to the world! In my creativeness, that is the place we see, in quick movement, the creation the universe, the creation our solar, our planet, the emergence life on earth and the complete course of evolution — all the best way as much as the beginning our character, a child boy.  

“Come On!”
Sometimes this piece is an excessive amount of for me to take heed to. I get emotional as a result of it’s full precise audio clips from dwelling recordings my life. It appears like an enormous blast mild into my soul. The track opens with a child boy crying; it’s truly my son, Jack, who was in his bouncer within the studio with me after I was writing the album. There’s a clip myself at two years previous taking part in with my father, my spouse, our neighbors, and on the finish my first son, Augie, yells, “Come on!” Hence the title. It’s so optimistic and harmless. 

“Summer Days”
The character is now a full blown child, taking part in video games within the streets, oblivious to the struggles which might be to come back, considering they may by no means should develop up, but conscious the turmoil coming from the adults and by the tip the track the child is now in junior excessive the place issues get fairly darkish. This is nearly an ideal illustration my very own childhood. Looking again it is smart, and that’s why I made the track mild and darkish.

Oh boy, issues took a flip right here. This is strictly what occurred to me. I do not know the way it occurred, however I became an offended teenager. Something which may go unnoticed] by individuals within the lyrics is that we’re listening to from a number of views fairly quickly. At first, you hear the counselor say, “When did it begin, what set him f?” Then from the angle the dad and mom, “Living in worry from my very own son,” then from the child himself, “it’s been increase and I’ve had sufficient,” then from the lecturers, “Don’t suppose, don’t speak, don’t battle.”

“The Great Escape”
Shhhh, this one is a secret favourite mine. Coming out the rage-filled “Sabotage,” this track is concerning the “escapes” in life. When I wrote this track, I used to be largely writing about individuals I knew who had been hooked on them]. I wrote this track on the island Kauai. This track at first was suppose to be a bridge between “Sabotage” and “Sugar Is Sweet,” however I used to be satisfied to make it a full track by some pals. Extra due to Thomas Eriksen for being a beautiful man and a implausible producer.

“Summer Days Interlude”
Here now we have the younger man excessive as a kite, and feeling very protected. The similar security he felt as a toddler. There is a delusion to this sense security, as a result of not solely is he utilizing medication to create this sense, however he’s additionally transitioning from being a toddler into changing into a person.  If he retains wanting to return to being a toddler, he received’t develop up and change into a terrific father. A father who creates a protected place for his personal baby to develop. (Have I given an excessive amount of away?)

“Sugar Is Sweet”
Don’t get too near the forbidden fruit. The errors carry on coming in. We are actually within the faculty/celebration years and he can’t get something proper. Totally tempted by this girl, he’s seduced to the max, but he’s conflicted inside his personal head. Everyone I do know has fallen for the flawed particular person at one level or one other. I’m no totally different, I used to be in love with somebody that was not good for me. This is completely autobiographical. Thank God I survived.

“Bring Me Home”
College is over, actual life has begun and bang, right here comes actuality. I keep in mind after I was out faculty and alone, and the Great Recession hit. I acquired nailed and down went my funds, and out got here all of the insecurities. Looking again, I’m grateful, as a result of I believe each time we undergo laborious instances, it sharpens your senses, will get you nearer to the reality, and if you happen to study from it, you’ll by no means make these errors once more and the cycle received’t proceed. Well, simpler mentioned than performed, and “Bring Me Home” is the sensation being smack dab within the center struggling. Thank you to Mike Caren, Craig Kallman, Jkash, and Cook Classic for placing all of your genius brains on this unhealthy boy.

The prayer has been heard, however the outcomes haven’t are available. The saddest track on the document, that is the second when disappointment and despair take such a heavy toll that the particular person is left in a fragile state. I keep in mind these emotions, and I by no means need to return to them, however a lot in my life was not understanding on the time, and it even affected] my well being. I felt so fragile. 

“It’s Gonna Get Better”
At final, hope! The message is from somebody above watching down on the character and letting him know, issues are gonna be OK. I used to be so pumped to have an precise gospel choir, due to my longtime buddy Nick Seeley. I wrote the track as a result of my spouse was very sick throughout her first being pregnant, and she or he was having a troublesome second. I keep in mind taking a look at her and considering, "It’s gonna get higher." Shout out to Jason Evigan and Isaiah Tejada for producing this one.

“Blue Eyed Joy”
This track opens with an audio clip from our precise wedding ceremony. It’s Joy’s grandfather marrying us on that wet day. I wished to put in writing a timeless track about getting married, going by way of life collectively and sticking it out it doesn’t matter what occurs. This is ficially the primary track I ever wrote for the document. It was earlier than we acquired married, I began it however I by no means had a refrain, and 7] years later I dusted it f, polished it up and wrote the “Blue Eyed Joy” refrain melody to complete f the track. 

“Song For My Unborn Son”
Now I can barely take heed to this, it’s an excessive amount of for me to take. My lovely son — I wrote this for him earlier than he was born. This is as trustworthy as I understand how to be. In the early levels my spouse being pregnant, there was a slight probability that Augie was going to have issues, and it damage us unhealthy. I attempted to not let it have an effect on] me, nevertheless it was all the time there. So sooner or later I sat down on the piano and wrote this concept saying, “I’m gonna love you anyway you’re,” and all of it simply got here out. Thankfully, Augie got here out wholesome as will be, however now now we have this track all the time.

“Live Before I Die”
Sorry to take a fab flip into midlife disaster mode, however that is life, child. This is the place the story begins to change into fiction. A midlife disaster has not struck me simply but so I primarily based this f some the adults that I grew up round. While the track does specific the destructive emotions the character within the second, it additionally ends on a hopeful word, then it ends with a bombastic singing Happy Birthday, that reveals that the particular person took all of it to coronary heart and acquired the magic again and resides a superb life.

“What A Life”
Upon remaining evaluation…life is nice. I used to hunt out previous sensible individuals to assist me perceive the world and the way I match into it. This track is an ode to them, and a hope for me and my spouse when it’s our time to be previous. In one evening, I wrote the beginning “What A Life,” “Sabotage” and “Summer Days Interlude.” It was a burst concepts, I’ve by no means performed that earlier than or since. I have to say this track was remodeled by Isaiah Tejada — his manufacturing introduced all of it to life in my view.  

“Send Me To The River”
The previous man’s physique is beginning to break down and his arms are vast open saying, “Send me to the river,” in different phrases, I’m able to go. I’m able to see what’s on the opposite facet, after which all you hear is the center beat.

The coronary heart beat continues and I imagined he’s now on his deathbed, surrounded by family members and saying, “I’m not scared the unknown, I’ll meet you on the opposite facet the highway. Don’t you cry, you understand I’m going dwelling.” This was an concept that was on maintain for Kanye West, which he clearly by no means used, so I did. Another] enjoyable reality, it took me without end to get the whistle. Why can’t I be higher at whistling?

This is the second dying, and the rebirth into a brand new type. No one is aware of what occurs after we die, course, what occurs to our consciousness, our soul. I’ll paraphrase an concept I got here throughout by good previous psychiatrist] Carl Jung: if individuals imagine that life simply ends and there’s nothing extra, then they die earlier than their time, but when they act as if life goes on, then they dwell life the best way nature supposed.

“Shine On”
Bringing it dwelling with a gospel choir and Leisa Hart on the vocals. After an extended life, the previous man passes into the subsequent, and that is what he’s feeling. I attempted to think about what it will really feel prefer to be completely free out of your physique, much like what it could really feel like in your goals. Now, I can’t show any this, however I’ve a hunch that life goes on after dying. I are likely to suppose reality is stranger than fiction, and nature is full surprises, and after you hear a bunch close to dying experiences you say, “Hey, they’ll’t all be loopy.