Sam Prekop

Sam Prekop (born October 18, 1964) is an American rock/pop musician in the band The Sea and Cake. He also has released five solo albums.

Sam Prekop
Sam Prekop at Primavera Sound 2013
Sam Prekop at Primavera Sound 2013
Background information
Born (1964-10-18) October 18, 1964 (age 56)
London, England
GenresElectronic music
Indie rock
Occupation(s)Musician, painter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active1987 - present
LabelsThrill Jockey
Associated actsThe Sea and Cake
Shrimp Boat

Early lifeEdit

Prekop was born in London, but grew up in Chicago. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute.[1]


Shrimp BoatEdit

Back in Chicago, Prekop formed the band Shrimp Boat, which was active from 1988 to 1993.

The Sea and CakeEdit

After Shrimp Boat dissolved in 1993, Sam Prekop and Eric Claridge formed The Sea and Cake, and recruited Archer Prewitt and John McEntire.[1]

Solo careerEdit

Prekop enlisted the help of Jim O'Rourke (X-Factor) to produce his self-titled first solo album in 1999. Bassist Josh Abrams, drummer Chad Taylor, and guitarist Archer Prewitt also contributed their talents. The album was described as soft and breezy, with tinges of Brazilian pop.[2] In April that year Prekop performed with Aerial M in Toronto.[3]

In 2005, Who's Your New Professor featured drummer Chad Taylor and cornetist Rob Mazurek (both from the Chicago Underground Duo), bassist Josh Abrams (Sticks & Stones), and The Sea and Cake bandmates Archer Prewitt and John McEntire on guitar and drums, respectively.[4]

Old Punch Card primarily featured modular synthesizer.[5]

Released in 2015, The Republic further explored the emotional possibilities of the modular synthesizer. The first nine tracks (all named "The Republic") were assembled as part of an art installation by the artist David Hartt also called The Republic.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

His father is the photographer Martin Prekop. He has two brothers, the furniture designer Hank Prekop and the painter Zak Prekop.



  1. ^ a b Fitzmaurice, Larry (24 September 2012). "5-10-15-20: Sam Prekop". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  2. ^ Klein, Joshua (29 March 2002). "Sam Prekop: Sam Prekop". A.V. Club. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Live Reviews: Aerial M / Sam Prekop April 1, 1999 The Horseshoe, Toronto, ON". Chart Attack, review by Vanessa Lewis
  4. ^ Olson, Paul (17 April 2005). "Sam Prekop: Who's Your New Professor". All About Jazz. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  5. ^ Hopper, Jessica (26 August 2010). "Where in the World Is Sam Prekop?". The Chicago Reader. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  6. ^ Richardson, Mark (4 March 2015). "Sam Prekop: The Republic". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 April 2017.

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