Sam Carlson

Ports of Spain

Sam Carlson

Sam Carlson is a New Haven based multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. Since first sitting down to a trap kit in 2002 he has found an ever-expanding appreciation for music and its potency. Through primarily percussion he's had the pleasure of exploring a number of musical avenues; seeing the country as a touring musician, and playing an assortment of Rock, Jazz, Americana, Punk, and Noise. A live multi-instrumentalist, he often plays kit and keyboard at the same time and performs on guitar while managing a kick drum and hi hat with his feet for accompaniment. With his most active group, Ports of Spain, he handles duties on drums, keyboard, and lead vocals simultaneously while his partner holds down rhythm, lead, and bass guitar at all at once through the use of a looping pedal. Sam is an active part of his community as well, booking at venues in and around New Haven, and helping to connect touring and local artists. He is also a member of the Connecticut Percussive Arts Society and was recently the organization’s featured artist. Since making an earnest go at the life of professional musician in 2010 he has concentrated on producing and performing with a number of local and national acts including: Ports of Spain, 10K Blades, The Proud Flesh, Wess Meets West, Laundry Day, and more. PRESS: “On drums and vocals, Carlson is a New Haven treasure. If it seems like you’ve seen him play in 20-something New Haven bands, that’s probably because you have. He was in full form Wednesday, inventive on the drums and fresh on the vocals as he switched from (the opening) to the headlining act.” - New Haven Independent (July 2015) “Ports of Spain is a small, experimental indie-rock band with a large potential for success. The duo has traveled up and down the East Coast since 2011 after releasing a debut EP at the end of 2010. Carlson and Gitelman create a full, eclectic sound by looping in drums and keys.” - Paste Magazine "Ports of Spain goes a sonic step beyond the two-man band paradigm." - Connecticut Post

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