Samantha Duenas kicked off her first-ever headlining tour at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood recently, and it felt like everyone she’s ever known was there. The R&B artist known as Sosupersam—who is promoting her second EP, Priority, released last March—was born and raised in Los Angeles, so the show was something of symbolic moment to be performing at such an iconic venue. “My fucking pediatrician was there,” she says, laughing.
“I’ve never had the intention of being like, ‘I’m going to be some kind of pop star,” she says, preparing for her next tour stop in the Canada's small town of Calgary. Sosupersam has had the kind of career that evinces a restless energy, and demonstrates the possession of a leap-before-you-look impulse. At the University of California, San Diego, she studied economics, but performed in a hip hop band on the side.
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In 2013, she was back in Los Angeles, and began throwing 143 at local bars. What started out as a theme night soon outgrew its humble venues and was forced to relocate to bigger nightclubs, like LA’s Echoplex — and soon, they started traveling around the world. But at some point, she began recording her own music, which is how Garden came to be, an EP composed of what she says are “a bunch of seedlings and saplings of different sounds.” Priority represents a maturation of those sounds, a more cohesive project that embellishes her breathy vocals with slow, weighty beats. “Priority, to me, feels a little more assured in attitude. And a little bit more decisive,” she says.