NI Music Prize nominee Sam Wickens has released his new single, Strange.24. We asked him the BIG questions . . .

Sam teamed up with Dandandann Productions to create a video for the song that aims to capture his battle with mental illness.

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He has also announced Watson, a new EP due for release on February 5th, 2021 and he is scheduled to play his first live date in over a year at the Workman's Club, Dublin on April 1st next year.

Tell us three things about yourself?

I am teetotal, I train in MMA, I am autistic.

How would you describe your music?

It is a modern blend between indie folk and electronic, it’s often quite melancholy packed with layers of different sounds. The focus is mainly on the lyricism that bends around the songs.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), The National, and Sufjan Stevens.

How did you occupy yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?

I spent a lot of time in the garden doing a makeover, building a patio, decking and shed. I trained and exercised, got into cooking a lot more, revamped my bedroom from top to bottom, sang to myself and spent time with my girlfriend and dogs!

What’s your favourite song right now?

Doubting Thomas by Nickel Creek. Beautiful song!

Favourite lyric of all time?

"It wasn't like a rain, it was more like a sea, I didn't ask for this pain, it just came over me." Pink Rabbits by The National.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

715 CRΣΣKS - Bon Iver

Where can people find your music/more information?

My website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify! They are all just Sam Wickens so very easy to find and listen straight away!