EDMBoutique EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW W/ SAM FELDT
We recently had the chance to sit down with one of our favorite artists Sam Feldt, coming off a huge 2017 ‘Sunrise to Sunset’ Tour and album. Check out what Sam had to say about the industry, 2017, his recent album and more. Make sure you follow him to stay updated on 2018 news, events and releases!
Artist Name & name inspiration?
Sam Feldt – I was looking for an artist name for my (then) Deep House alias and I saw everywhere that German sounding last names were doing well, haha! So I went to Google and searched for “German Last Names”. Feldt sounded nice and international so I went with that one.
Where are you from?
Boxtel in the Netherlands, but I currently live in Amsterdam, the capital of my country.
How long have you been producing / DJing?
The first house song I heard was, coincidentally, Show Me Love by Robin S. After hearing that track, I was hooked on dance music and started as a drive in DJ on parties of my friends. I had my own drive-in show and used to drive around the city with my dad to play at birthday parties and stuff like that. Then, when I was around 17 years old, I went to a club for the first time and I decided I wanted to be that guy behind the DJ booth. My first introduction to music production came around age 11 when I was taking piano lessons but decided I wanted to make music and not just play it. My piano teacher then introduced me to Logic and I made my first songs.
What inspires your production, music selection and style as an artist?
I get my inspiration from a lot of different places and artists! In every genre, I have my favourites. To see what I’ve been listening to during my tours and in between shows, check out my Heartfeldt playlist on Spotify!
With the industry being so oversaturated, do you feel it is harder to maintain an original sound and why?
I think it’s great that people nowadays have better access to make music than ever before. You just need a laptop and some kind of music making program and you’re good to go. The amount of music that’s made is mindboggling and of course it can’t be all number one hits. I just want to advise anyone who’s just getting started, that it’s okay to imitate other producers as a means to learn the craft of certain genres or styles but it’s very important to try and find your own sound. Explore and try out new things and you’ll eventually end up making the music that you enjoy, comes from the heart, is original and represents you on your creative journey.
Explain a little bit about the process, idea and what listeners can expect from your debut album ‘Sunrise To Sunset’.
It’s been in the works for more than 2 years. As a producer, you can only release a single every 3 months or so, to give it the time and space it needs to grow. I was making a lot more music than just a track every 3 months so there was a lot of good music lying on the shelves. I thought it was time to give that back to my fans. The albums contain 24 tracks in total, resembling the amount of hours in a day. The idea behind Sunrise To Sunset is the fact that Sam Feldt music can be enjoyed any time of day – and there’s a track for every hour of the day to support it. I’m 24 years old myself and we’ve released the album on the 24th of November.
What is your favorite track from the new album and why? // What is your favorite collaboration on the album?
That’s a very hard question to answer. I’ve worked on the album for more than two years and every song on the album has its own cool and personal story. Looking at our live show, my favourite track to play would be Sensational, a track I made together with my live band. When we play it live, the energy is just insane.
Every collab on the album has it’s own personal story and is invaluable for me. One collab I want to feature to answer your question is the track I did with The Federal Empire called Shot By My Own Gun. It was a fun challenge combining their rocky sounds with my dance sound. In the end, for that track, less turned out to be more! In the end, it became one of my favorite tracks off the album!
What is your favorite production of all time from your catalog?
One of my lesser known tracks – a remix of I Am Oak called “On Trees And Birds And Fire”.
Heartfelt Radio has become very popular over the years. What is you favorite thing about having a radio show and what sets it apart from others?
For me, DJ’ing is all about sharing music with the crowd. Doing that live is only part of it. Having a radio show allows me to share my favourite music with the whole world every week! I think Heartfeldt radio is very different from other dance shows that are out there, because it is centered around grooves and melodies. It’s a cool cross over between happy and poppy music and underground grooves.
What can we expect from you in 2018?
So much exciting stuff! I’m working on a collab with a big Hollywood actor and singer right now and the touring schedule is filling up fast! I’m going to be bringing the full live band, including Jordi on guitars to most of the shows so expect a whole different experience when you see Sam Feldt on stage in 2018!
What other artist are inspiring you at the moment and If you could collab with any artist who would it be?
My inspiration comes from anywhere. I listen to so many different style of music and it’s hard for me to pinpoint 1 producer as my main inspiration. I always look for interesting and unique collaborations, so working together with a rock band like U2 or a singer songwriter like John Mayer would be awesome I think.
Besides music what are some of your passions and interests?
When I’m on tour, I love to work out and hit the gym. At home, I’m a big gamer and I can spend days playing on my Playstation. I am also very social and love to go out with friends.
If you could plan your own festival who would be your top 5 headliners?
Oh Wonder, Maceo Plex, Kygo, Emmit Fenn and I’d hit the decks myself 😉