Sam Fischer’s debut album I Love You, Please Don’t Hate Me is an eclectic collection of authentic pop songs that explores his experience through life, love, and making music over the last five years. The singer-songwriter, who’s previously worked with artists like Ciara, Cat Burns, and Louis Tomlinson, and included collaborations with Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, and Amy Shark, invites listeners into his world and can skillfully craft music and lyrics that reflect the core of the human experience and makes it his own.
“My songwriting and my voice is what makes this album so cohesive,” Fischer tells EUPHORIA. “There’s kind of something for everyone on here. No two songs sound the same. And I think that’s really cool.”
For Fischer, the process of making his debut album was not an easy process for him. “When I’m stuck in a session, I always ask ‘What would Chris Martin do?’” he says. But through those challenges, he was able to create a body of work that he was proud to put out in the world.
“When I look at the songs I wrote over the years, I didn’t necessarily know that it would be a song I would keep, especially during a time when I had been dropped from my first label and thought I was done with being an artist,” says Fischer. “So when I put this album together, it felt like the songs were not intentionally written for this album, but at the same time, it feels like they were always meant to be on my debut album.”
One of the big challenges Fischer faced while making this album was coping with his own imposter syndrome and that was especially prevalent when Fischer’s song “The City” became a viral hit on TikTok and changed the trajectory of his career. “When ‘The City’ took off, it felt like a freak accident,” he explained. “While I’d worked really hard on it, so much of me felt like I was undeserving.”
The song that especially captures Fischer’s imposter syndrome is “Hopeless Romantic,” which describes the deeply unromantic experience of making I Love You, Please Don’t Hate Me. Lyrics like “Fabricate a dream, reaching for what I see / In everybody else / It’s never what it seems / Seems like they’re happier than me / Seems like they’re where I wanna be,” capture the self-doubt and anxiety of not being in the place you’d thought you’d be in life.
“I had romanticized the process of making an album, being an artist, and everything that comes along with it,” Fischer says. “You see these documentaries with Ed Sheeran or Billie Eilish where they have one person they work with, and they spent three magical months together creating this gorgeous project together in this big house and they’re all so in love with each other and the songs at the end of the process Now don’t get me wrong, I really wanted that experience and I didn’t understand why is this wasn’t my experience. It seems everyone around me is living out the dreams I’ve always dreamt and my dream is so far from reality.”
The title track “I Love You, Please Don’t Hate Me” highlights Fischer’s self-awareness of his flaws and the hope that love will be enough for them to stay. Lyrics like “You know that I hate myself / So you don’t have to hate me too / I’ll make a joke just to cope in the hope / That you see me the way that you used to,” clearly reflect this notion. “‘I Love you Please Don’t Hate Me’ is another song that I didn’t think I would ever put out,” he recalls. “The song sat unfinished on my notes app for years before I revisited it and was like ‘Hold up, this is a banger!’ And now it’s the title of the album.”
Fischer’s emotional musical and lyrical style are most prominent in the song “Hard to Love,” one of the singles from the album. The ballad is a confessional and reflective song that truly demonstrates Fischer’s self-awareness. In the press release for the single, Fischer says that the song was “Inspired by my own BS and in the most human way possible, ‘Hard To Love’ is a song simply about being hard to love.” Fischer’s music demonstrates his desire to branch out and connect with listeners and show that even musicians and creatives feel the same doubts we all collectively experience at some point.
“I wanted to be as multi-dimensional as I could in this record,” he reflects. “I wanted to sing my ass off, I wanted to be vulnerable, and I wanted everyone to be able to find comfort in whatever form on this album and so that’s kind of what I tried to do.”
I Love You, Please Don’t Hate Me is now available on all streaming platforms.