The singer-songwriter Sam Setton has built a viral career on putting together moody, earworm electronic tunes that combine sultry R&B with alternative pop for a sound all his own.
The result are a variety of streaming hits, including “Berlin” (which has collected a cool half million listens on Spotify and counting) and “Santiago” (which is a nod to his Chilean roots and has collected over 300,000 Spotify streams as well).
For the Brooklyn, New York resident, Setton takes inspiration from his home city as well as past relationships, youthful memories and even libations. His song “Wine” is a rumination of tribulations with an ex-girlfriend that kicks off with the emotional proclamation: “I won’t miss you, I swear it.”
In celebration of the success of his past tracks and ahead of an upcoming full-length album, Setton spoke to Chilled about his busy travel schedule, how his friends steer him towards new places to kick back in New York City, and his affinity for Bourbon.
Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on?
Right now I’m working on finishing up the last touches of a new full-length album. Finishing the last mixes, and visuals to get it ready for release. I haven’t spoken much about it publicly but I couldn’t be more excited to get it out. It’s such a great representation of my life through music that I’m extremely proud of.
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
I like to travel abroad as much as I can. I actually just got back from Tel Aviv, Israel! I’ve been to around 35 countries so far and next on my list is Egypt, Russia and India. I also enjoy designing, usually album artwork for myself and friends, watching a lot of youtube and reading non-fiction books.
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
I usually enjoy finding the newest and most hyped interesting restaurant. Most of the time they are in downtown Manhattan or deep in Brooklyn. I hate to admit it, but I rely heavily on friends to direct me towards the best new places in New York City.
What types of dishes do you usually order?
Depends on where I’m at in my diet. So it can range from super unhealthy to the healthiest thing on the menu. I don’t eat red meat so I’m probably ordering some chicken or vegetable based dishes.
What types of drinks do you order when out?
Usually a bourbon or a local brew IPA. If I’m at a bar that has cool cocktails, I might order a whiskey-based one. If I’m on a date, you can probably find me sharing a bottle of white wine.
Do you own a home bar?
Yes but it’s very small. It’s stocked with few different bottles of whiskey, tequila and probably an unopened bottle of vodka.
What is your favorite drink?
Bourbon neat, though sometimes I’ll ask for a few cubes of ice.
Have you ever been a bartender?
Nope, but I hope I get that experience at some point in my life for sure!