In Conversation: Alex Ebert and Sam I (f.k.a. Sam Spiegel) Discuss Songwriting and Collaboration Over Zoom

The Edward Sharpe frontman joins Sam I for the first of several conversations the artist held with his collaborators on his new album Random Shit From the Internet Era.

Sam I’s kept busy this year—not only has the multi-talented artist originally known for his role in the DJ duo N.A.S.A. released a guest-packed solo album this summer called Random Shit From the Internet Era, but he’s also just premiered a new short film. Heaven, which arrived yesterday, is another collaborative project, boasting contributions from Catherine Keener and acclaimed dancer Nevaeh Meraz, also featuring his Internet track “Don’t Give Up” with guest spots from Sia, Busta Rhymes, and Vic Mensa.

In a new series we’re launching, Sam I will be joined by the laundry list of artists who helped make his recent record a reality. With Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and IMA Robot dialing in from New Orleans, watch below as the pair discuss long-distance collaboration, where ideas come from, and the importance of suppressing the ego when writing songs.


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