San Mei - I Can't Sleep

16 Apr 2021

San Mei


Following her first release of the year with ‘In The Machine’, San Mei is back with her latest single ‘I Can’t Sleep’. Co-written with Micah Jasper (Dillon Francis, Mothica, Cailin Russo, FINNEAS) on a LA writing trip, ‘I Can’t Sleep’ sees San Mei opening up about her struggles of dealing with doubts and a constantly busy head space.


Like most musicians who can relate to the natural ebbs and flows of being an artist, San Mei explains the meaning behind the song, “Lyrically, it's basically me talking to the voices inside my own head, the ones telling me I could be doing better, should be that better version of myself, I'm not stacking up, I'm not chasing my dreams hard enough.”


“It's hard to get to sleep sometimes with all that swirling around in your head. It would have been nice to come to some positive resolution in the song where I overcame all these thoughts, but sometimes it's just nice to vent your feelings when they all build up too much, and that's what this song is for me”.


Spending the past year diving into more songwriting and production for her next body of work, San Mei has been creating and exploring some new inspirations into the world of industrial rock and ‘90s grunge. Her focus and attention to her craft is what makes Emily Hamilton a talented musician, writer, performer, and now producer.


With COVID becoming an everyday disruptor, San Mei has adjusted and overcome a vast array of hurdles that have come along with the pandemic. Shifting her attention to an amplified social media presence, the Gold Coast artist has been able to connect with a rising audience in the US – replacing efforts and intensions of touring there in 2020 including six booked shows at SXSW. In addition to growing US alternative and college radio support for San Mei’s ‘Cry’ EP, the enthusiasm has filtered through to Asia Pop 40, Billboard, triple j, BBC Radio 1, Audiofemme and Refinery 29 to name a few.

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