From old-skool Chicago punk to NY off-Broadway musical theatre to LA DJs and Miami cover bands, A Sample Life is composed of young yet seasoned musicians Adam Stein and Stephanie Fravel. While their first single began as a simple melody Stephanie hummed to herself, their sound has evolved into a full collaborative effort. Straight out of University of Miami’s studio music program, Stephanie brings a knowledge of melodic construction and theatricality to the stage as Adam brings years of knowledge behind guitar/bass and letting the beat drop to round out the sound. The lyrics reflect storytelling, as guitar and keyboard melodies reflect a full range of emotion. Both members bring life-longings for adventure and spontaneity to the stage with their version of live mash-ups and arrangements of older rock/punk songs.
A Sample Life is a full repertoire of music created by Adam and Stephanie utilizing original, programmed samples and/or beats from already known songs, as well as some more acoustically composed singer/songwriter style songs. The set-up can be as simple as two microphones, a guitar, looping pedal and auxiliary percussion instruments to a more complicated set including a laptop, bass, vocal processor/drum machine, and a few more percussion instruments. A full sound is created between the two as they strive to communicate an intoxicating energy from the stage.
Adam (guitar, bass, keys, looping, programming, vocals)
Stephanie (vocals, auxiliary percussion, looping)
Currently mixing and mastering upcoming EP.
Special Christmas Eve aired
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Transcript from December 24 airing of Outside the Loop Radio on WLYW 88.7fm. “A tune from The ban...Transcript from December 24 airing of Outside the Loop Radio on WLYW 88.7fm.
“A tune from The band called A Sample Life. This song is called Rockin’ Your Christmas Home and this song feautres a lot of samples… an homage to some Christmastime favorites, and Ithink you’ll be able to tell what songs are featured in this tune by A Sample Life. Again it’s called Rockin’ your Christmas Home, so let’s hear it, right here on Outside the Loop Radio on WLUW.”
–Mike Stephen, host
A Sample Life Q&A by Frank of Windy City Rock
Promo Video 2
Daily Diversion: A Sample Life at Subterranean
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Daily Diversion - A Sample Life at Subterranean
l_3cb8ce75ab5b47f6a93284760e984a5aThree reasons to check out A Sample Life at Subterranean tonight…
1. Because you’ve probably never heard or seen a band like Chicago’s A Sample Life before. A duo consisting of Adam Stein and Stephanie Fravel, A Sample Life blend acoustic melodies, hip-hops beats and samples with Fravel’s sunny vocals to create quirky pop tunes that at anytime could break down into a groovy Beatles or bouncy Jay-Z cover. And I’m not even joking. Check out the track “A Sample Medley” from the band’s Myspace page. While it sounds like a novelty act, A Sample Life actually offer a very intriguing, fresh sound that features the right amount of experimentation to entice the listener, not overwhelm them.
2. Because A Sample Life isn’t the only band brining the funk to the Subterranean tonight. Local inidie electro-soul outfit Boomjuice will also be performing tonight. Another duo, the band consists of producer Vapor Eyes & singer/songwriter Capriquarius, and together, they produce a sound that recalls a mashup of Jamiroquai and Daft Punk at times but maintains a heavy hip-hop low end.
3. Because that’s not all! Opening the show is Chicago’s Crayolala!, a bouncy, new wave group that knows their way around a synthesizer hook. The band’s energetic sound make even the shyest dancers do the pogo, so be sure to wear your sweat band. It’s a party whenever Crayolala! hit the stage!
2 different 40 min sets or 1 longer set from the selections of originals and a couple of covers:
Sample Knock Life
When Life Just Sucks
I Miss You Tuesday
Saw Red (Sublime)
Strong Like You
Sweet Child O'Mine (Guns n Roses/Sheryl Crow)
Octopus (Live mash-up a la The Beatles)
Move that Body (Jam/ mash-up)
Taurine (original/Culture Club mash-up)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.