We had the good fortune of connecting with Samuel King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samuel, how do you think about risk?
I think about risk as the only path to reward, not just in my professional endeavors but in all areas of life. You can’t fall in love without risking heartbreak, you can’t drive a car without risking a crash, etc. but you might decide to do these things anyway because the potential rewards are so worth it. If you want anything good out of life, you have to take some chances and appreciate the possibility that things might blow up in your face. It’s easy to ask “what if I fail?” but I prefer to ask myself “what if I succeed?” Nothing scares me quite so much as the thought of reaching the end of my life wondering what would have happened if I had ever done anything interesting.
In my own life, I took what seemed like a major risk by not going to college straight out of high school to pursue a music career instead. Many sacrifices were made but I can say with conviction that I have absolutely zero regrets for taking that path. I’ve met so many incredible people, including most of my current friend circle, had many amazing experiences, and made such cherished memories during my musical journey. Perhaps more importantly, I learned a lot about myself and the sort of person I want to be; I don’t feel that success is worth much without character.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I joined my first band, The Helmsmen, pretty soon after completing high school. We recorded and released three EPs and played countless shows including a statewide tour. I’ve taken the lessons I learned in that group with me into every musical setting I’ve been a part of since. I also wrote and recorded music for a solo project called Cardinal Moses, performed with a great variety of local bands including Jahzilla (now Joey Calderaio Band), Boat Train, and the Leafy Greens Band. I also formed a pop/bluegrass trio called News From Bree; we perform regularly in the Palm Beach County area.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’d definitely have to take a stop through Abacoa town center; Crux has some of my favorite local coffee and there’s a wide variety of restaurants for anyone’s tastes. At night there’s DAS Beer Garden and Civil Society for delicious craft beers and Brick & Barrel for the best cocktails in town. For shopping, I feel like you can’t beat the Palm Beach Outlets. If you want to look at musical instruments and equipment head north to Jupiter Music or south to Resurrection Drums. I also love the local parks and preserves, such as Okeeheelee, Riverbend, and Jonathan Dicksinson.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I don’t think any part of my journey would have been possible without my mother; from letting me have a drum set as a teenager to backing me up when I decided not to attend college right away, her support created an environment in which I could grow into both the musician and the person I am today.