Determined vocals, soaring guitars, and throbbing drums collide with melodic hooks. Ambitious electronic and orchestral elements pair with a relentless pursuit of greatness from studio to stage. Reclaimers is all of this, and more. And we've only had a taste of the first song.
Reclaimers is the new rock-focused project from Samuel Day, primed to hit the stage loaded with new, exciting anthems.
We recently spoke with Samuel Day about his music, his overall mission and approach to music along with his life mission to always go big.
Reclaimers is a brand apart from your solo work but it's still developed mostly by you from the art to the production, to the writing. Correct?
That's correct, at least for now! I look forward to being able to collaborate more with the folks in my band, other artists, producers, visual artists, etc. I get to work with a lot of gifted individuals and I'm learning the value of teamwork more and more. But to get things rolling on this first track, I did things full-service by myself. Recording, mixing, mastering, artwork, and the lyric video were all created by me. The positive aspect is that it helped the artistic vision stay cohesive (and let me do some visual art), but obviously it was a lot of work!
You've been producing some videos encouraging your fans in a lot of areas. What has been the feedback so far?
I've had people comment positively about the videos I've been posting to the Samuel Day YouTube and Facebook pages. I use those videos to chat about various life, spiritual, and music topics, and then I have another series that is all about travel and touring. It helps me keep people informed with what's going on, and is also a vehicle to stay connected with them and speak into their lives. As a musician, you can only say so much in a three and a half minute song, but video is a great format to not only discuss things in long-form but also to stay engaged between releases. It's something I also do on various topics for my church, and I enjoy it.
When people listen to Samuel Day, or Reclaimers, what are some themes you want them to come away with
I want to encourage people to have faith with determination. I believe God created our lives to be good, blessed, and powerful (which means we can bless others!), but we all know that there are challenges out there. I've had some steeply challenging times in the past, but I don't want to build my identity on those things. And I've learned that in the face of those moments, standing on God's goodness and purpose for us is a choice. So for Samuel Day, I'm often writing about that choice and remaining encouraged in that area, and with Reclaimers, I'm often writing about the determination that comes with it. I want to be a part of helping people draw the right kind of strength, and music is such a powerful and accessible way to do that.
What does it mean to you to be alive and how are some of the major ways you see people missing this?
To me, a huge part of life is doing what we were created for and doing it big time. I was once told that I have an "overdeveloped sense of grandeur," and I took it as a compliment! I think one of the most important things we can do is to think big, but everybody gets a lot of opportunities to lose sight of that. Sometimes that's because of the traumatic, other times it's because of the mundane, but I want to live the best life I can and have a testimony that can encourage others. I don't want to answer this question by being critical of other people, so I'll say that I want to invite folks to dare to think the same way.
What can fans expect from the future of Reclaimers?
In short, more great music. I've already written a fair amount of material for Reclaimers (because at the time I wrote it, I didn't actually know what it was for). This project gave me a pretty big pause at first, but all during the decision-making process, I was still writing all kinds of stuff. Also, I have some really cool plans for music videos, and my cinematic juices have been flowing on that front quite a bit.
How can we be praying for you?
It would be great for folks to stand in faith with me that the music we're making for both Samuel Day and Reclaimers has a real, lasting impact. When we create something with a purpose we want to see it go out and have a positive effect on the world, and that means a reach that is deep as well as wide. And along with that, I'd very much appreciate prayer for Godly wisdom; success is great, but the right kind requires wisdom to navigate.
Kevin McNeese started NRT in 2002 and has worked in the industry since 1999 in one form or another. He has been a fan of Christian music since 1991.
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