Former Love Island star Sam Bird has revealed he had to “start from the bottom” when he decided to leave behind his reality stardom and try to make it in the music industry.
The 27 year old, who appeared on season four of the reality dating show in 2018, exclusively opened up to OK! online about fears his career in reality TV could set him back in the music industry, and how he started “from the bottom”.
Speaking at the star-studded party for his debut single Run To You, where Adam Collard and Demi Sims were spotted holding hands, he opened up about how he wanted to use his Love Island fame as a springboard.
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He said: “The show gives you such a massive platform and I wanted to use it in the most positive way possible. I’ve known how to DJ for years – I was a personal trainer as well.“
But, Sam revealed he had a hard graft ahead of him to hash out a career in music, despite his celebrity status. He said: “I started going out and DJing and started from the bottom again.”
Speaking about his debut single, he opened up about combining his passions for fitness and music.
He said: “I wanted to make a song that was going to really fit the music industry, really get people to listen to at the gym when they're running, getting fit and losing weight, whatever it may be.
“I love the son Run To You by Brian Adams, I approached him, I said: ‘Look, I wanna bring out this song,’ and he agreed for me to use the rights for the song.
“Then I approached my favourite producer, Papa Zuess. We collaborated, we went in the studio and produced Run To You.”
Despite having to “start from the bottom” with his music career, Sam has had success with his debut track, as he told us: “It’s climbing up the charts, it's doing so well. And we got it signed by Warner Music, one of the biggest labels in the world, so it's amazing!”
When asked about the transition from Love Island and reality fame to the music business, Sam revealed he did have initial reservations when trying to break the industry.
He admitted: “I think people potentially might not take you seriously.
“But, I think I've proved myself in the music. The track's doing really well, everyone's here for it, I wanna let the music do the talking.”
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Despite moving away from reality stardom, Sam has still kept his Love Island roots in mind as he revealed he thought the track would be “great” for the show when he was creating it.
And, the DJ was elated when the track was played at the end of an episode in the latest series, where Paige Turley and Finn Tapp were eventually crowned winners.
He said: “It felt amazing, it really feels like a full circle. And it was one of my goals. When I made the track I thought, 'This would be great for Love Island,' when I was sitting there watching the show and they played it it was an amazing moment for me. It really was.”
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