Sam McTavey- grappling with change and transition
Sam McTavey has dealt with change and learned to grow from transition. Now, at thirty years old, he offers fans a chance to experience growth and transition with him.
As a member of the Wainwright clan, Sam McTavey was always around music, but it wasn’t until College that he picked up a guitar, and started singing with it. Actively pursuing his talent as a musician, Sam didn’t wait for it to fall in his lap; he joined song writing groups and went to music summer camps to work as a counselor, and in return, got thousands of dollars’ worth of classes.
As a Geologist, Sam constantly battles with the idea that one day we’re all going to be extinct. It is from this, Sam decided to name his band, Sam and the Extinction. Sam explained, “This is a world that’s always changing – We’re all trying to be okay with that and grow from that”. Be it death, personal changes, buildings going up and down, trees falling, there is change in everybody’s life, and Sam has learned that, “you need to change as well in order to be okay, but the world around you has to change as well”.
While Sam spoke about inevitable, universal destruction, he maintained a smile, a heavy smile, but a smile none the less. He explained that he is very much inspired by the people who have chosen to play music with him. Each member comes from various musical backgrounds, and therefore offers a unique dynamic for the band, creating a wider range of sound for the listener. Sam said, “It’s a project of people who like what they’re playing, not something they’ve been told to play”.
With an Indiegogo campaign finishing up next week, Sam and the Extinction hope to be able to share their project with anyone and everyone who wants to listen. Sam said, “Sharing something that’s close to you, and making yourself vulnerable to the world always has the biggest reward”. Sam is no stranger the world of giving back to the musical community. He met his band members while building a Brooklyn recording studio called Vanity Sound. On the band’s campaign page, they explain, “Vanity Sound was literally built by musicians, for musicians and became a place for them to gather, play and record their tracks and albums”.
Come out this Wednesday night at Mister Rogers, and hear Sam and the Extinction play their songs. If you can, thank them for giving part of themselves to you and the musical community, and drop a few bucks into their online campaign.