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🎵 IT183: Bulería
✏️ Sam Brandon
🗓 20.10.22

Sam is an illustator and animator baed in Southsea, UK.

What’s up Sam. Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

I've been a skateboarder for 20 years. Some of my fondest memories growing up skateboarding in Spain are of my friends and I skipping school in search of tucked away spots around the city to skate.

These adventures live in my mind, soundtracked by the cultural clash of influences from flamenco rock, hip-hop and world alternative music.

So this playlist is a little taste of some of those Spanish sounds mixed in with the contemporary soundtracks to my skateboarding sessions.

What direction did you take with your cover art, and what was your process?

I loved drawing my teachers while in class so wanted to do something similar, but use myself as the main caricature. I usually do a bunch of doodles in my sketchbook until I find a fun character that I like and some sort of composition then draw it all up in Photoshop.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

Heavy Petting Zoo – NOFX
1996, Epitaph
Painting: Mark DeSalvo (Sick Mind)

I love a good play on words in an image.

Ege Bamyasi – Can
1972, United Artists Records
Art Dir: Ingo Trauer, Richard J. Rudow

It’s a can on an album cover. When I first came across it as a teen, I thought it was the strangest cover I’d ever seen

12 Bar Bruise - King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
2012, Flightless
Artwork: Jason Galea

What did you listen to growing up?

A lot of skate/pop punk stuff when I was around 11-12. Slowly venturing backwards in time throughout my teens, into psychedelic rock, rock and roll and metal.

And what’s on heavy rotation for you at the moment?

At the moment, a bit of Public Practice, PVA, Famous and the new Black Angels album.

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

I’m an animation director for a studio near London, so we’ve always got a bunch of fun projects going on. Outside of work I make a few gig posters for bands around Portsmouth. My friend and I just finished doing a scene in an animated short film for Hellavision Television called Let’s Go Wongos. I think that premieres online at the end of October.

Where can we find you?

No website at the moment, so instagram will do @skever. And you can check out an old showreel I need to update someday.

Cheers Sam 👋🏽