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Sam Sparro on shooting to fame
Australian singer-songwriter and music producer Sam Sparro shot to fame in the UK with the release of his debut single Black and Gold.

The track went to number two in the UK top 40 charts in March and since then the 25-year-old reveals he has been busy ever since.

Sam Sparro (r) in the live lounge
Sam Sparro (r) performed Estelle's hit American Boy in Radio 1's Live Lounge

Are you feeling nervous about how well your new single, 21st Century Life, is going to do after your success following Black and Gold?

I honestly never expected Black and Gold to do what it's done. The song hasn't gone anywhere though, it's still in the Top 20. It's definitely going to be hard to top that.

Is there pressure to better it?

The new track is such a different song. It's a track I really love off the album and it's an entirely different side to my sound.

But I think it'll be a track that kind of grows on people. Pop Justice said it was better than Black and Gold, but that's just one website.

It's just been such an incredible year. I've met so many people who I admire and wanted to work with
Sam Sparro

When you were writing it, did you ever expect it to become such a hit?

No, because I wrote it so long ago. It's more than two years since I wrote that song, it's just grown and grown and grown, and it's still growing.

It's only now being picked up in south America and north America.

You're heading out to Ibiza with Pete Tong, what will you be doing there?

I'm doing a gig in Ibiza and then I'm going to do an acoustic set with him.

He was one of the first people to have played Black and Gold in the UK, so he's been really good to me.

Are you a fan of Ibiza?

It's my first time, but it sounds like it's always so full on.

I'm a pretty chilled out guy, I'd usually choose a house party over going out to a club because I don't like security guards. I hate being told what to do.

Sam Sparro
Sam Sparro has been approached to work with various artists

You performed with Annie (Norwegian singer) the other week are you doing a collaboration with her for a TV show?

Yes, it's kind of a mash up of Black and Gold, which is the main chunk and then we've incorporated her song Heartbeat, which is one of her older songs I really like. They go together really well.

Will you release it?

It'll be on TV, I don't know if we'll release it. We'll have to see how good it comes out.

Have you got any other collaborations coming up?

There's been a couple of things that have come up for me to write for other artists, some of them I'm definitely considering.

It's just I'm very busy at the moment, so I don't know when I'll have the time to sit down with these people.

You were at Glastonbury, how was that?

It was my first time and it was brilliant. We got there really late on the Friday, I was really impressed by the scope of it and it was really well organised.

I had a really good Glastonbury experience, I will definitely go back.

What is the best thing that has happened to you since your single success?

It's just been such an incredible year. I've met so many people who I admire and wanted to work with.

I recorded with Basement Jaxx. Ten years ago, if you had asked me who was the number one act I wanted to work with, it would have been them.

They're working on a new album, so hopefully the work we've done together will go into that.

They were really cool, really nice guys, who were my kind of people.

Sam Sparro was talking to Radio 1 Newsbeat reporter Sarah Jane Griffiths

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