By Matthew Breen
On his EP Black & Gold, Sam Sparro, a 24-year-old native Australian living in Los Angeles, isn�t shy about letting his influences shine through on six smooth, Curtis Mayfield�, Chaka Khan�, and Parliament-inspired electro-funk tracks. The title track describes �looking up into the night sky and feeling like a tiny speck of dust,� says Sparro, taking a break from recording his first full-length album, due out in early 2008.
He recently finished filming his second video, for the track �Cottonmouth,� and is dealing with looming album deadlines. Even with the potential of a much wider audience awaiting him, Sparro has never once considered not being out. �I�m not really into pretending. Entertainers need to be responsible for who they are and cut all the bullshit.�