Cannonball Kid, aka Sam LiButti, is an acoustic solo artist out of Rochester. I have been trying to get in touch with him ever since he released his EP “Letter To You” . For one reason or another we could never meet face to face, so we just said fuck it and decided to do the interview over facebook. He is the interview right from Sam’s mouth not 10 minutes after we finished talking. Enjoy.
How did you get started playing guitar?
I’ve always wanted to play guitar, I remember I got my first electric when I was in 5th grade, but I was just never dedicated to really learning how to play. I’ve played saxophone for 15 years and it’s somewhat frustrating to start a new instrument from scratch and finding it difficult to express yourself musically how you typically could on your main instrument. About 3 years ago I finally committed myself to figuring it out. I don’t think I’m very good, but I’m learning more everyday and it’s definitely cool being a one man band with just my acoustic.
When did you make the “Letter To You Ep”?
I wrote most of the songs in March of 2012. There was few month period before that where I wasn’t making music, and I was really more depressed than I’ve ever been in my life, and I kind of just vented all of that into those three songs. I recorded it in 1 day in April at my friend Chris Engard’s house, which was cool for me, since before that I was basically just using my Macbook mic to record, which sucked.
Did recording those songs serve as a good outlet for those few months?
Yes and no. It definitely felt good to get it all out, and I think it resulted in the best songs I’ve ever made, and it was therapeutic for sure, but it only really helps so much, it’s sort of complicated I guess.
With 15 years on Sax, have you ever thought about being in a Ska or Brass band?
Ha ha yeah, I had a ska band in high school.
So do you have any plans to record another EP or Album?
I am currently in the process of recording my first full length; which is proving to be more difficult than I imagined. It’s way easier to crank out a few acoustic songs for an EP, but I’m trying to expand and incorporate some more instrumentation, with electrics and drums and things like that. I’m hoping to have it finished before the world ends, so hopefully sometime in November.
Have any shows coming up?
Yeah I’ve got 2 coming up. October 1st I’m playing a house show with the singer of Caleb Lionheart, and October 27th I’ll be opening for my friends in Intrinsic’s CD release show at the Tala Vera. I haven’t played live in awhile so I look forward to it.
Do you have a favorite place to perform?
I’d say Dubland, I like the environment, and smaller venues are great because it feels more intimate. and makes the crowd look bigger ha ha nothing sucks more than playing a huge venue with 20 people scattered amongst a gigantic room. But really as long as its not a coffee shop, I’ll play anywhere and have a swell time.
Really? You would think an acoustic set wouldn’t mind coffee shops.
I don’t know. Everyone is just sitting there, talking, drinking their drinks, alot of them not paying attention at all. It’s just like, if they don’t care, why should I? I feel alot more comfortable in a venue at a show, where people are there to hear music, not have a beverage.
What do you think of the Rochester music scene?
I think it’s easy to hate the place you’ve lived your whole life, and I get that, but I think there are some great things happening here musically. Sure, the scene is heavily dominated by a lot of styles of music that I really don’t enjoy at all, but you’ll find that anywhere you go. There’s a lot of talent in Rochester, You just have to look in the right places for it. Go to a show at the flying squirrel on any given day and I guarantee you’ll see a lot of people who are truly dedicated to what they do. Hopefully in the next few years you’ll see a shift with the metal core sound of the 2000’s on its way out and new styles of music getting their time in the spotlight.
Check out Cannonball Kid’s New Song
Download his current EP on Bandcamp
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