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Sam Feldt: Don’t Concentrate On Beatport Charts

Sam Feldt talks about staying true to yourself and not focusing on the Beatport charts and replicating others.

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With the massive amount of digital means with which to produce music now available to the aspiring ‘bedroom DJ’ there has never been a better time to sit in the comfort of your own home and create some tracks. Many artists try their hand at the craft of Djing before deciding to make the move into production, a few tracks later and they’re sending their efforts to relevant labels in hopes of getting that big break. Almost every artist will try to get their tracks as close to perfection as they can, in their own minds, before releasing it into the world, though in the case of Sam Feldt, perfection, is the only acceptable outcome.

It’s been evident since your first release that you had a remarkable vision of what your sound could be. Your first original release, ‘Bloesem’ alongside De Hofnar, showcased the chill out, tropical feel of your music, featuring strings, pan flute sounds and gentle percussion and then came the widely popular ‘Midnight Hearts’ with ‘The Him ft. ANGI3’ which was a totally different offering, an uplifting, stadium ready, deep house anthem, instantly confirming that you were no one trick pony. When you started out with music production, did you have a particular genre you were aiming for? and how did that aim evolve to make your music become what is now?

When I started making music, I concentrated a lot on the Beatport Charts and ended up making a lot of music that wasn’t true to myself. I guess the magic happened when I stopped comparing myself to others and just ran with what felt natural. I opened up this whole new world and creative space for myself by doing so. I wasn’t aiming for genre specific music, more that it just felt right to me. That’s how I was then able to produce ‘Bloesem’ and then I guess the rest is history.

Having only introduced yourself to world in 2013, you’ve had a monumental effect on the scene in an incredibly short timescale, it could be argued that alongside artists like Kygo, you have introduced a whole new breed of deep house music to the world; widely known, as tropical house. When you started out, did you imagine that your work would be so well received and be the basis for a new type of sound and how did this effect your creative process?

I’m really fortunate that my music has been so well received by everyone. I started to learn how to DJ when I was 12 – it was a hobby for me at first. I’d play for friends or children’s parties, nothing really serious. Then at 17 I started to play gigs again, more electro house, commercial EDM stuff, but I wasn’t feeling the music I was playing. This then pushed me to craft a sound that was unique to me. Once I had that, the creative process was simple.

You’ve got a hectic tour schedule this year, with some bookings at some massive events, including Creamfields, Electric Zoo in NYC, Ushuaia in Ibiza and Corona Sunsets in London, to name but a few. Is there a venue you’ve played at which stands out as one of your best experiences of performing?and are there any tour dates on this years calender which you are looking forward to in particular?

This year’s Coachella Festival stands out for me. It was such an honour to play, I never thought I’d get to play it this early in my career, but I’m grateful that I have, it was such a great experience. I’m playing Creamfields this year which I’m super excited about. There are a lot more live elements to my performance now which definitely makes performing even more fun. I’m also looking forward to heading out to America, with Bakermat on a tour of the U.S in the autumn.

You’d already been signed to Spinnin’ records, and  were making your mark on the tour scene when you struck gold in 2015 with your re-imagining of club classic ‘Robin S – Show Me Love’. With Kimberly Anne on vocal duties ‘Show Me Love’ became a global revisiting to lyrics which moulded a generation. Now firmly on the global stage, you’ve capitalised on your success, increased your online presence, playied at mega-events like Ultra, Snowbombing and Coachella and you’ve received massive support on your follow-up releases, ‘Shadows of Love’ and ‘Been A While’. There must be massive pressure to continue producing great music, do you have a formula for how you go about creating a new track, alongside a growing tour schedule, after having such a global success?

When I’m on the road, it’s really hard to find time to produce music. I try and lock myself in my hotel room at any given moment given, although I work better when I’ve got some proper time blocked out in the studio.

Your latest offering, ‘Summer On You’, is a collaboration with the already well established, Lucas & Steve, and features soul filled vocals from Wulf. The track is built on a soothing, passionate, guitar melody with gentle, rhythmic, percussion and steel drums arranged in a manner reminiscent of the aforementioned global conqueror, ‘Show Me Love’.

‘Summer on You’, Available now on Spinnin’ Deep, continues to cement your place on the global scene, with an emotive, chill out track, perfect for those sunny days, and an essential addition to any summer playlist. Can you tell us a little about how the collaboration with Wulf came to be and what your inspiration was for creating this track?

Lucas & Steve and I are both signed to Spinnin Records – its like one big family, so we all know each other pretty well. I love what they put out. Wulf was put to us through the label, so we all met up in the studio and created “Summer On You”! We’ve just released the Club Edit too which is currently sitting at #3 in the Beatport Top 10 – this makes me so happy!

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Sam Feldt.

With the massive amount of digital means with which to produce music now available to the aspiring ‘bedroom DJ’ there has never been a better time to sit in the comfort of your own home and create some tracks. Many artists try their hand at the craft of Djing before deciding to make the move into production, a few tracks later and they’re sending their efforts to relevant labels in hopes of getting that big break. Almost every artist will try to get their tracks as close to perfection as they can, in their own minds, before releasing it into the world, though in the case of Sam Feldt, perfection, is the only acceptable outcome.

Sam Feldt.

It’s been evident since your first release that you had a remarkable vision of what your sound could be. Your first original release, ‘Bloesem’ alongside De Hofnar, showcased the chill out, tropical feel of your music, featuring strings, pan flute sounds and gentle percussion and then came the widely popular ‘Midnight Hearts’ with ‘The Him ft. ANGI3’ which was a totally different offering, an uplifting, stadium ready, deep house anthem, instantly confirming that you were no one trick pony. When you started out with music production, did you have a particular genre you were aiming for? and how did that aim evolve to make your music become what is now?

When I started making music, I concentrated a lot on the Beatport Charts and ended up making a lot of music that wasn’t true to myself. I guess the magic happened when I stopped comparing myself to others and just ran with what felt natural. I opened up this whole new world and creative space for myself by doing so. I wasn’t aiming for genre specific music, more that it just felt right to me. That’s how I was then able to produce ‘Bloesem’ and then I guess the rest is history.

Having only introduced yourself to world in 2013, you’ve had a monumental effect on the scene in an incredibly short timescale, it could be argued that alongside artists like Kygo, you have introduced a whole new breed of deep house music to the world; widely known, as tropical house. When you started out, did you imagine that your work would be so well received and be the basis for a new type of sound and how did this effect your creative process?

Sam Feldt.

I’m really fortunate that my music has been so well received by everyone. I started to learn how to DJ when I was 12 – it was a hobby for me at first. I’d play for friends or children’s parties, nothing really serious. Then at 17 I started to play gigs again, more electro house, commercial EDM stuff, but I wasn’t feeling the music I was playing. This then pushed me to craft a sound that was unique to me. Once I had that, the creative process was simple.

You’ve got a hectic tour schedule this year, with some bookings at some massive events, including Creamfields, Electric Zoo in NYC, Ushuaia in Ibiza and Corona Sunsets in London, to name but a few. Is there a venue you’ve played at which stands out as one of your best experiences of performing?and are there any tour dates on this years calender which you are looking forward to in particular?

This year’s Coachella Festival stands out for me. It was such an honour to play, I never thought I’d get to play it this early in my career, but I’m grateful that I have, it was such a great experience. I’m playing Creamfields this year which I’m super excited about. There are a lot more live elements to my performance now which definitely makes performing even more fun. I’m also looking forward to heading out to America, with Bakermat on a tour of the U.S in the autumn.

Sam Feldt.

You’d already been signed to Spinnin’ records, and  were making your mark on the tour scene when you struck gold in 2015 with your re-imagining of club classic ‘Robin S – Show Me Love’. With Kimberly Anne on vocal duties ‘Show Me Love’ became a global revisiting to lyrics which moulded a generation. Now firmly on the global stage, you’ve capitalised on your success, increased your online presence, playied at mega-events like Ultra, Snowbombing and Coachella and you’ve received massive support on your follow-up releases, ‘Shadows of Love’ and ‘Been A While’. There must be massive pressure to continue producing great music, do you have a formula for how you go about creating a new track, alongside a growing tour schedule, after having such a global success?

When I’m on the road, it’s really hard to find time to produce music. I try and lock myself in my hotel room at any given moment given, although I work better when I’ve got some proper time blocked out in the studio.

Your latest offering, ‘Summer On You’, is a collaboration with the already well established, Lucas & Steve, and features soul filled vocals from Wulf. The track is built on a soothing, passionate, guitar melody with gentle, rhythmic, percussion and steel drums arranged in a manner reminiscent of the aforementioned global conqueror, ‘Show Me Love’.

‘Summer on You’, Available now on Spinnin’ Deep, continues to cement your place on the global scene, with an emotive, chill out track, perfect for those sunny days, and an essential addition to any summer playlist. Can you tell us a little about how the collaboration with Wulf came to be and what your inspiration was for creating this track?

Sam Feldt

Lucas & Steve and I are both signed to Spinnin Records – its like one big family, so we all know each other pretty well. I love what they put out. Wulf was put to us through the label, so we all met up in the studio and created “Summer On You”! We’ve just released the Club Edit too which is currently sitting at #3 in the Beatport Top 10 – this makes me so happy!

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