Sam Fender: “When you write a melody, it’s like your soul talking – you’re finding it through pure feeling”

Sam Fender
(Image credit: Future / Kevin Nixon)

Sam Fender is a happy man. “I’ve bought my first ever daft guitar,” he says with a cheeky grin. It’s just a few days after his triumphant sets at Reading and Leeds Festival and he’s still a bit ‘groggy’, but when he brandishes his brand-new acquisition – a beautiful 1959 Fender Jazzmaster – he visibly perks up. 

“I got the record deal and got a bit of money,” he says, “so I was like, ‘Right, I’m gonna get myself a really nice guitar.’ I love Les Pauls, Strats and other Fenders, but this has got that brightness that I’ve always wanted – that heartland rock, Tom Petty twang. Sometimes with my Strat I feel like my chords are pissing in the wind, whereas this feels like it’s got more bite.”

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Grant Moon

Grant Moon is the News Editor for Prog magazine and has been a contributor to the magazine since its launch in 2009. A music journalist for over 20 years, Grant writes regularly for titles including Classic Rock and Total Guitar, and his CV also includes stints as a radio producer/presenter and podcast host. His first book, Big Big Train - Between The Lines, is out now through Kingmaker Publishing.