"Sad 'n' sexy music with a hint of lime" is how Cody Samson, the brains behind the solo project San Soma, defines his sound.
Born and raised in Evanston, Ill., a college town 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, Samson found himself in Savannah upon graduating high school, studying graphic design at Savannah College of Art and Design. Samson, a soon-to-be motion media design graduate, is making his mark on the local music community.
"I wouldn't be making music as San Soma had I not come down here by myself. It's been the people I've met down here and the people I've been introduced to. Just being in this environment is very encouraging of a DIY scene and getting into that culture. You learn from what other people are doing," Samson said.
A first-time Savannah Stopover performer, San Soma is undoubtedly excited about being a part of the action.
"There's nothing quite like performing live for people, if the set goes well, of course. Sometimes it's not great but it is always so much fun," he said.
San Soma is the lovechild of the Chicago-based project Tin Gardens, which Samson describes as "a project that was started up right out of high school with a friend from back home," and he credits that duo as the beginning of his interest in electronic music. Samson, too, credits the moody and sleepy, nonetheless electric, cocktail of Darkside, James Blake and The National as a few of his leading musical influences.
Samson also works to combine elements of motion media design into his music. Bringing to life the liquid riffs and dreamy synths of his 2015 single "September" is a self-directed and self-edited visual - a project that very much showcases the true complexity of Samson's artistry.
"As much as I put into music, I also love what I'm doing on the visual side. To be able to have that other outlet of creativity, and figure out how to tie the two together, is great," he said. "I was so blown away by motion graphics, and then I realized I could tie these two things together and make it this whole packaged deal."
San Soma has slowly grown into a four-piece band, and after two years of a long string of singles, Samson released his first full-length album, "Desaturation," at the tail end of 2016. The December release, he says, "was a long time coming" and he's excited it's finally out.
Combining the arts of music and motion media design, as well as the powerful tool of the internet, Samson is the epitome of the modern, self-sufficient artist. However, he still finds in-person exposure with other artists and listeners to be an imperative part of his process.
"I know plenty of people who are very much into just writing and hanging out in their bedroom, and thrive off of sharing their music on the internet; it's great that more people have that outlet. I mean, I love doing that, too, but personally I like to be face-to-face with people."
10 p.m. March 9
Club One, 1 Jefferson St.