Tell us about yourself…
My name is Bryan Sammis and I am 1/5 of The Neighbourhood. I am 22 and very passionate about music, film, fashion, good food and travel.
How would you describe your style and what or who are your influences or icons?
I would describe our style as black and white – we are pretty modern with our wardrobe choices. A lot of people like to dress like the past or what they think the future will be like. I’d say we are very 2012. And we’re influenced by those people who take modern fashion and push the boundaries.
What are your treasured style pieces that you can’t live without?
I have a shirt I got in London our first time there that is a black button up with a leather Mao collar. It’s one of my favourites, especially because that style isn’t as big in the States: it’s something I’ve noticed only I have.
How important is music in your life and why?
As cliché as it sounds, music is my life. I almost gave up on it once, and this band has taught me that was almost the biggest mistake of my life. I feel the most natural when writing and performing music.
What is it that you love about festivals?
Festivals are a treat for fans and bands alike and it’s a chance to meet fellow musicians that you might not have otherwise. I think the makings of a good festival include (but are not limited to): good music, good location and good atmosphere. It’s something we are looking forward to.
Any festival do’s and don’ts?
We actually haven’t played any major festivals yet. Ask me again this time next year!
What are you most looking forward to this year?
Festivals, haha! Our album dropping is probably #1 on that list, actually. Touring and seeing places we haven’t been yet, as well.
What are your favourite band memories?
I’ll tell you a favorite tour memory. When we were touring with The Temper Trap we all got dinner one night and me and Jonny (from TTT) both tried these pretty crazy peppers. It was a very funny experience/bonding moment. It’s cool to make friends on the road.
… and your worst?
Maybe getting a speeding ticket, ha ha. That’s just a huge bummer.
What are you plans for the year ahead?
Touring, dropping our 7”, touring, dropping our album, touring, festivals, touring and hopefully writing more for album #2.
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