If you’ve heard the name Sami Chohfi, it’s probably been in association with his band, Blue Helix, known in the Pacific Northwest for their melodic hard rock songs, such as ‘Anti-Social Butterfly’. But ‘It’s Just Me’, the debut solo single from Chohfi, is anything but hard rock – it’s just Sami, his acoustic guitar, and quiet, reflective vocals.
Speaking of the song, Sami says,
“It’s Just Me” is about being proud of who you are, and accepting that even though fitting in can be easy, being unique and yourself is extraordinary.”
The sweet vocals of Chohfi tell a tale of someone who’s reached the point in his life where he feels equipped to give advice to others who are setting off down the path of life. Fresh, clear, and down to earth, despite the hushed and conversational style of the song, it’s no less powerful than any of Blue Helix’s tracks.
The video for ‘It’s Just Me’, feels like a tourism ad for Washington State. Opening with Sami picking up a message which had previously been caught in a bottle, we switch to him playing his guitar on a pier, seemingly a world away from care. A wide angle shot however shows us that he’s over the bay from Seattle. The location conjures up memories of the past: a young boy, presumably Sami, throws a bottle (with a message) into the water. It’s the same one we see in the opening. He reflects on his life from that time, when he “was young and full of joy”; “I don’t remember why I tried to not be me”. Directed by Jon Meyer, there’s a deep sadness – and highly relatable feeling – throughout the clip and song; we hope that Sami’s contemplations take him back to the joy he once knew.
You can find out more about Sam Chohfi online on his official website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. ‘It’s Just Me’ is available to stream and download from Amazon Music, iTunes, Spotify, Shazam, and CD Baby.