At school, Sample Answer was a bit of a rebel. Starting out as a glam rocker wearing glitter, purple pants, and frills like Prince, he performed as a looper, mixing drums, bass, synths on his Casio keyboard whilst playing acoustic guitar. A version of ‘Yonkers’ by Tyler the Creator went down a storm at the school talent show, much to the distaste of the vice principal. He has come a long way since then.
In the last two years, Sample Answer’s music and work on the live circuit has been turning heads. Since moving to London in 2013, the Dublin-born singer has been busy. From couch surfing across town and doing an open mic night two to three times a night nearly every day for a year, he has gone on to support cult artists such as Pete Doherty, Larry Love from Alabama 3 and Paddy Casey. “I used to sell self-made CDs, wrapped in lined copy book paper, held together with duct tape. Sold them on Camden High Street for a fiver. Sometimes I’d only sell one, maybe two at gigs, so had to live off that.” Using his guitar as his strongest tool, his own brand of slap rhythm and confident vocal delivery, Sample Answer took his skills from the street to the stage and worked hard to make a name for himself.