Meet Sam Skinner, a 24-year-old from Chicago, Illinois.
“In the fall of my freshman year in college, my roommate Ryan and I started building out a playlist that we would blast on our way to AM swim practices. We wanted the vibe to be "middle school bar mitzvah," encompassing all those 00s jams that our generation awkwardly bumped and grinded to in stale multipurpose rooms. If our playlist were a wardrobe, it’d be a popped Lacoste polo, cargo shorts, and Crocs, with a Livestrong band.”
What music did you grow up listening to as a young kid?
80s and 90s neotraditional country music. Still my favorite genre to this day.
Name one of your favorite albums of all time?
Kenny Chesney's "Be As You Are: Songs from an Old Blue Chair." It's a soft, acoustic album that conveys the sounds of the islands: steel drums echoing across a forgotten shore, tinged with the taste of saltwater in the air.
What is the best concert you've ever been to?
James Taylor at Ravinia in 2016. Incredibly, he sounded better live than on any of his recorded albums.
What artist, dead or alive, who would you interview and why?
Bing Crosby. Few musicians have had as profound an impact as Der Bingle. Plus, he was a pretty good golfer.
Name your top 3 favorite artists and why?
1. Kenny Chesney 2. The Beach Boys 3. Avicii