Sam Cullen

Sam Cullen

About the Artist

Having played upwards of 60 gigs across New Zealand in 2018, Sam Cullen is quickly establishing himself as one of the country’s hardest-working young performers. As a multifaceted artist, he has amassed experience in songwriting, jazz bands, solo performances and onstage professionalism coupled with an unassuming manner and determination second to none.


Artistically, his alternative pop sound focuses on emotional intensity combining powerful guitar-based hooks with elements of dance music creating a sound fit for any emotionally charged party goer. Family road trips saw the influences of Fleetwood Mac, the Rolling Stones and James Taylor ingrained in Sam from a young age while Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and The 1975 fill the void today. His highly energetic live act is what he enjoys most, making use of drum pads, synthesisers, guitars, and vocals, carefully balancing flair and intimacy.


Sam placed 3rd in New Zealand’s Smokefree Rockquest competition in 2018 out of over 800 acts while having been named Southland’s Junior Entertainer of the Year in 2017. He performed at the NZ Parliament (Beehive) in August 2018 and also played at Cromwell’s highly successful River Range Music Festival in 2019.


Sam’s eclectic new single ‘Shut The Door’ and debut music video was released on March 1st, 2019 and is a funky refreshing addition to the New Zealand music scene.



Instagram: @samcullensamcullen






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Shut The Door

"The ‘Shut The Door’ music video was my first in-depth experience on camera aside from my Dad’s love affair with family photos. However, it was an exciting challenge and all the more comfortable being able to film in my hometown of Invercargill.

Sam Cullen elsewhere