It’s been over two years since we first fell in love with Sam Woolf. The singer-songwriter, who competed on Season 13 of American Idol, stole our hearts with his pitch perfect tone and knack for delivering captivating performances. After placing fifth on the singing competition, 20-year-old Woolf released his EP Pretend. The record reached number 9 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, dedicated to up and coming musicians. Now, he is starting off the new year strong with new music.
The former Idol shared the process behind his latest single “Fast n Dirty.”
“Never in a million years did I think I’d have a song called “Fast and Dirty” haha… I’d just like to say that this song/video is supposed to be a joke, in a way…” Woolf admitted. “It all started with my friend Orion and I making a trip to Rumson, New Jersey for the weekend to write with a guy named Stephen. We had never met before but, became friends during the session.” Stephen is the younger brother of “We Don’t Talk Anymore” hit-maker, Charlie Puth.
“We got right to work when we arrived. We started with tracking guitars. Orion had a riff he’d been working on. He laid that down, Stephen added a few things behind it so we had a basic structure to experiment with melodies.. I remember messing around with some ideas and the words “fast and dirty” kinda just slipped out of my mouth. We all sort of laughed about it, but at the same time thought, wait…this is pretty bold.. and kind of hilarious!”
The three stuck with that as the main idea, working out each melody section by section until they were content with how it sounded. “Most of the lyrics were kinda spat out, which usually isn’t the case for me but, for this song, I can just say they worked and didn’t matter much.” Woolf shared. When he and Orion returned to Boston, they worked on the song’s production alongside another friend, adding bass, keyboard and additional layers that would give it more shape and depth.
“What they added, really gave the song a new sound! I had a fun time recording it and watching it progress into what it is now.”
Woolf’s fans can’t get enough of this catchy track, taking to Twitter to share their thoughts.
— Natalie (@nataliescarcega) January 1, 2017
@samwoolfmusic fast n dirty is SO GOOD ?? stayin on repeat all day
— Ava Raemisch (@AvaPDelusions) January 1, 2017
If you're looking for some new music to listen to in the new year I highly recommend Fast n Dirty by @samwoolfmusic
— Julia Horowitz (@xojulialynnxo) January 1, 2017
fast n dirty is my freakin jam hehe thx samuel, u did good @samwoolfmusic
— joz (@wreckwoolf) January 1, 2017
— Ani (@anneka24) January 1, 2017