What is your favorite part about creating music?
I love the activity! It feels challenging, and rewarding, and fulfilling, and meaningful and you end up with these amazing moments where things all come together that makes me feel like nothing else in the world. Those moments are always fleeting and things and perspectives can change very quickly in very polarizing ways, but those moments still really happened and got to be experienced.
Why the name "the sea music guitar ensemble?"
The name slightly misleadingly actually has nothing to do with bodies of water, rather "SEA" are my initials. Since I was writing and playing and recording all the parts, and the music didn't quite fit with any of the other bands that I played in, I begrudgingly admitted to myself that if I was to put my name on anything, it should be this project. Essentially, the name is really Sam Emery Ansel Music. "Guitar Ensemble" is because although I'm still not exactly sure what genre it is, I do know that all the music is made with and based in an ensemble of guitars. So if anything, the name is really my effort to exactly describe what the project is doing more so than being its title. Thus, The Sea Music Guitar Ensemble.
Who/What are some of your biggest inspiration when creating?
My 3 biggest inspirations are:
1. The last note I played. My music is all about harmony and nothing inspires me more than a note for me to create a harmony with.
2. My life. My music moves and flows more like how a day and life move and flow as opposed to a stereotypical song structure with verses and choruses. It begins at one point, like waking up, and builds and decays holding on to some parts and leaving others behind, like events throughout the day, until it eventually reaches some sort of end, like falling asleep.
3. Other music. I love Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Rilo Kiley, Dear and the Headlights, Giraffes? Giraffes!, Explosions in the Sky, The Appleseed Cast and many more.
What is your dream collaboration?
My dream collaboration would be with a couple of the people that I played with in and out of various bands growing up. I won't name them directly, but they are all really great musicians and people. We've sort of grown apart from each other in one way or another, just on account of how life and things work out. We definitely knew how to grind each others' gears and certainly did so, but we made some amazing music and had some amazing times together. There's nobody else I'd rather play with.