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THIS IS ME: Nothing but good vibes with Sam Lao

Sam Lao exudes creativity. The rapper-singer from Dallas, Texas enjoys decorating her loft with the art from which she draws a lot of her inspiration. In effect, her & her partner--photographer/artist Jeremy Biggers--have transformed their home into an expressive mecca; a monument to artistry.

“I like a lot of visual noise to go along with my audio noise,” she says.

She is constantly writing or workshopping music in her home & needs a vibrant environment to keep fueling her creativity. The end result: Lots of colors & patterns.

“I actually assign a color to every song,” she says. “It’s a bit like synesthesia, & my home is a collection of those songs & colors.”

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Each room aids in her creative process, fostering as an atmosphere of innovation & experimentation. If Lao is ever in need of inspiration, all she has to do is turn to the artwork adorning her home.

“The furniture is pretty minimal,” she says with a laugh. “But what we do have, we now get from places like Pier 1.”

“Beyond that, it’s a lot of work we find at art shows.”

When her & her partner seek out new works to add to their home decor, they never embark on a shopping trip with a specific agenda.

“A lot of what we buy is just pieces that inspired us in the moment,” she describes. “We let it speak to us.”

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A lot of the time, that means supporting underrepresented artists.

“I empathize with groups that yearn for representation. Whether it’s artists of color or LBGT artists, I always try to support their work.”

Lao has carved a niche in the Dallas music scene with her signature style & sound. Her music & music videos have already landed her numerous accolades. She now hopes to bring that style into your living room with a playlist made exclusively for Pier 1 customers. 

“It’s all about creating good vibes,” she says of the playlist. “It’s great to listen to when you get off work, you’ve finished that daily grind & now you’re just trying to unwind.”

As Sam Lao knows, unwinding isn’t too difficult when you surround yourself with a decor that speaks to you.

Stay in touch with Sam on Instagram. Join her as we roll out a new Pier 1 experience on April 21 in Arlington (4145 S. Cooper St.) from 3 to 5 p.m. as she shares her home décor favs with us in person over a glass of rosé. In the meantime, see what's new online as Pier 1 gives DFW a sneak peek into their new look! Follow Pier 1 on Pinterest to check out Sam's playlist. 

Written by Tyler Hicks. Images courtesy of Jeremy Biggers for Pier 1. 

 

Introducing The CultureHype Collective: Meet Jeremy Biggers & Sam Lao
Photo credit: Glass Optical

Photo credit: Glass Optical

Starting today & EVERY FRIDAY we'll be rolling out a little something called The CultureHype Collective. What is that? One could call it a dream team, our crew of preferred vendors who are killing it in the Big D & beyond. Meet The Collective.

Jeremy Biggers & Sam Lao: Visionary and hip-hop lyricist. AKA two creative geniuses, the dynamic duo who is the epitome of #couplegoals! Together, they create beyond amazing music, videos, visual art, graphic design & more. What Sam brings to Jeremy's unreal visuals for music videos is an artistic direction behind the scenes, storyboarding and creative vision like nothing we've ever seen. 

When their powers combine, the sheer creative talent that gets put on display is borderline obnoxious.
— Central Track

What is your favorite perk of being in the music business? 

Photo credit: Jeremy Biggers

Photo credit: Jeremy Biggers

Sam: "Seeing people identify with my music & fall just as in love with it as I am. Also, the look of elation on my parents faces every time I bring them a newspaper or magazine with my name in it."

If you had to choose three words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Jeremy: "Passionate. Driven. Funny."

What is your random special talent?

Sam: "I make a killer cheesecake. Like, so good fights have broken out over it."

When you find yourself in a creative rut, where do you seek inspiration?

Jeremy: "I try not to let myself get to a point of being in a rut, but when I am, I just do a lot more research & try and learn something new in hopes it sparks something."

What is your biggest goal/dream for your career?

Sam: "Ideally I would like to take my music career as far and as high as I can go. Maybe even do a few movies."

Photo credit: Jeremy Biggers (video still)

Photo credit: Jeremy Biggers (video still)

How did you come about being involved in the business you’re in?When did you know that’s what you wanted to do?

Sam: "Depression led me to music. It started as a healing project & became something that just clicked & felt right. When I realized making music was something I couldn't go without doing or being a part of I knew it was something I was going to stick with."

What do you love most about Dallas?

Jeremy: "Dallas is an awesome place with lots of world-class talent. The cost of living makes it more manageable to live here versus East or West Coast."

Tattoos?

Sam: "I have the symbol for Mercury on my wrist. Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini & a symbol for communication & creativity."

If you had to pick one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Jeremy: "Music is such a huge part of what I do on every level. I pick music based on my mood so it's really tough to say. If I had to pick though... I would probably say... Lupe Fiasco's 'Food and Liquor.'"

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet?

Sam: "A leather jacket with some of my lyrics hand painted on it." 

What do you bring to the DFW creative scene? Why are you proud of it?

Jeremy: "I bring a unique voice to the DFW creative scene & prove that you can do a number of things at a high level. I love that Dallas is finally embracing its creatives. We have A LONG way to go... but at least the process has begun."

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Sam: "'Something Like That' by Tim McGraw! I like singing country at karaoke not just because I enjoy it but because the look on peoples faces is priceless."

Click to watch "Grenade" by Sam Lao (directed by Jeremy Biggers).