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Janek Samolyk

Hi Janek. When did join your music journey?

I played, or tried to play the guitar, since I was 6 years old. When I was 15 I wrote my first song. Even though it wasn't very good, creating new music felt special. That's how it really started for me. Since then I tried to form bands and record demos. My first gig as Janek Samołyk happened in 2008 & my first CD was released 2 years later.

What places do you prefer for your concerts? Where do you feel comfortably?

I like all the concerts, small big, acoustic & with a band. Playing on stage is a great experience. I only don't like playing in front of audience who didn't come to listen to music - it happens sometimes. So our favourite concerts are music clubs and festivals.

Do you like to write songs in polish more than in english language? What is the difference?

I like both languages, english always sounds great but polish is amazingly sincere.

How respond people in Poland to singer-songwriters?

Singer-songwriter genre isn't popular in Poland. Young people are more into bands or electronic acts. But those few music fans who follow songwirters are the best. They really are.

Many singer-songwriters are managers for yourself. Do you have the same opportunities?

With my own band - yes, I have very DIY aproach. I drive the van often and I manage the concerts. But with Sam & Bart it's different, a friend of ours - Anna - helps us, and it means a lot to us.

Except for your solo career you joined musical duo with your friend which is called Sam & Bart. How are your plans in this year?

We record a new song every 3 or 4 months and play concerts in our spare time. We don't plan a career, we just hang out with guitars, play music, travel to other cities, meet people and have good time. That's what it's all about to us. Will there be a Sam & Bart record? I don't know. But as we're friends for many years I wouldn't expect us to ever split up. There'll be more songs. There'll be more concerts. I hope we'll visit our southern neighbours - Szymon speaks Czech language and knows all about Hokei - should be fun!

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