Sam is literally a ‘play it again, Sam’ kind of guy with his business, Ultimate Music Quiz.
Sam, 25, runs quiz nights for big audiences that seem to really make them happy.
The promo video on the his site (also on this page) gives you an idea of the fun everyone’s having as they use electronic handsets to answer questions about the music Sam plays. Leaderboards on big screens push up the excitement by showing who’s winning.
It’s the sort of thing only a young head dreams up. And, apparently, an eager one. Sam veered away from university midway through an arts degree to make his dream come true, feeling (he told South) that he just wanted to “get on with things”.
And so he did, setting up not only Ultimate Music Quiz but also another company that’s more old-school, Note to Self.
It’s a totally different proposition, selling stylish notebooks made of recycled paper. Sam the music man turns out to be an advocate of the age-old pastime of journal writing.
On the Note to Self home page he writes, “there is something timeless and sacred about the act of putting pen to paper which will never be replaced or go out of fashion.”
But no doubt it’s the music idea that will bring him the biggest success. South reports that he’s aiming to push it to Australia and Britain.
It’ll be a lot of hard work, but Sam Thom is in such a good place. He’s young, visionary, hardworking, smart and a blue-sky thinker. He's what I think of a ‘big blue thinker’.
He has so much to do there’s just not enough time. “I wish there could be ten of me,” he says in that Herald story. I love his style.
PS …And he did finish his degree.