Antonio Samar… The NEXT to Hit Fame
By Phonz Reyes
To truly make it in today’s entertainment industry you have to be a quadruple threat. No longer are spectators looking for someone with just a voice, but they have to be able to stimulate and ooze entertainment on all levels. Antonio Samar is just the next thing the entertainment industry is waiting for. The six foot tall, Blatino native from Philadelphia is a triple threat. He’s a recording artist, deejay, and male model breaking into the industry. A graduate of the prestigious University of The Arts where Antonio honed his craft for voice, acting and dance; he is ready to show the world all of the creative talents he possesses.
His current single “Make It Hot” has been racking in sales on iTunes and performed around the club circuit nationwide. He and his management team have utilized social networking web sites such as ReverbNation to really spread the word about Antonio’s music. In addition to making his own music, Antonio’s made quite a name for himself on the deejay scene. A fan of Madonna and all things Pop music, he’s also done some modeling to breakthrough to the masses. Antonio Samar’s a name that in a year or two people world-wide will have on their tongues. Just as we’ve seen in previous years of newcomers who’ve broke the mold and remixed the industry up, Antonio will be the “next” big thing. Just remember that you heard of him first in Full Blast Magazine.
FULL BLAST MAGAZINE: Tell us about your latest single, “Make It Hot.” How did you come up with the concept for this track? Are there plans for a music video for the single?
ANTONIO SAMAR: I was feeling very retro – late 80’s, early 90’s when I wrote it. I wanted something that had that sound but still sounded current at the same time. And yes I will be shooting a video very soon. I’ve been working hard on my next record, but my manager Freddy has been on me about promoting this one the way it should be. So the video will be out very soon.
FBM: How has it been performing your music in public? What’s that experience like for you as an emerging artist?
ANTONIO SAMAR: You know, it’s always nerve-racking! You never know what the audience is gonna be like. I’ve been playing clubs so I’m always concerned with how the crowd is gonna feel about their night being interrupted for a performance. But so far I’ve had really good experiences. The crowd is rooting for you most of the time. My following is just beginning to grow. I imagine there would be a certain level of comfort that an artist has when they are more established and they know people are there for them. I would think one would be less nervous, not a lot less but maybe a little.
FBM: Now it’s been said Madonna is one of your biggest influences. Is that true? We’re Team Gaga at Full Blast Magazine! Does that mean you’re not a fan of the Gaga?
ANTONIO SAMAR: I promised one of my best friends (Tanya) that I wouldn’t ‘go in’ on Madonna in my interviews. (laughs) But I will say she’s my biggest influence, definitely. I admire her drive, talent, and business sense; she has endless hits and REALLY good music. As far as Gaga, I hate her… JUST KIDDING. I like Gaga a lot. You can’t deny that the girl is amazingly talented. But there’s only one Madonna, and she’s THE QUEEN.
FBM: If the opportunity ever presented itself would you collaborate with Madonna?
ANTONIO SAMAR: Uh…yeah! (laughs) I just hope I’d be able to keep my composure.
FBM: Have you always wanted to do Pop music?
ANTONIO SAMAR: Definitely. I’m Dance/Pop all day long. I’ve always dreamed of doing what I’m doing now – recording pop music and performing. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am actually doing what I set out to do. Thinking of that always puts me in a happy place.
FBM: You’re also a Deejay. Do you play your own music during sets and what has the reaction been like?
ANTONIO SAMAR: Of course I play my own records! And people have always kept dancing, so that’s a good sign.
FBM: In your opinion, what makes you a ‘mover and shaker’ in this machine called the music industry and why?
ANTONIO SAMAR: I’m resilient. I’m open minded and a risk taker. Every time I’ve walked through my fears and challenged myself I’ve been rewarded in some way. And things are moving along. I feel like I can only continue to win if I walk in faith and keep putting one foot in from of the other. If you wanna win big, you have to be willing to take big risks, at least that’s my experience. Being able to preserve and not be discouraged is important if you want to succeed in an industry where you’re constantly competing and being judged and often rejected.
FBM: Do you think social networking web sites have helped or hindered you in getting your music out?
ANTONIO SAMAR: They’ve only helped. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met people who I don’t know and they tell me they heard my song or saw my show on Facebook and they bought my record. Often (recording) artists profiles are exclusively about the artist and their work. I personally like to post other things like songs I may like, videos, etc. I feel like you then create a more personal connection with people. They become loyal because you then have something in common with them and they want to support you.
FBM: What’s next for Antonio Samar? Do you have a debut LP coming out? More venues?
ANTONIO SAMAR: Yes I’m working on my EP. I have quite a few performances coming up. The web site should be finished any day now, www.AntonioSamar.com. The “Make It Hot” video. The new single “Keep You Dancing.” Besides that, I’m just working hard on perfecting my craft and enjoying the process.
For more on Antonio Samar, check him out here.