[ARTIST SPOTLIGHT] Sam Feldt

This week, the team at West Coast EDM had the opportunity to chat with the ever-so-talented Sam Feldt in the midst of his U.S. tour and album releases. Yes, that's plural! Feldt released his debut album, Sunrise this October and his second, Sunset, just days ago. Each album consists of 12 signature melodic tracks, together forming 24 songs, symbolizing the 24 hours in a day.

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: SAM FELDT

West Coast EDM: How did you get your start in music? Do you play any instruments?

Sam Feldt: When I was around 8 years old, I started playing the piano. I soon found out that just playing music was not for me. I wanted to make music too. That’s when I started music production. Around the same time, I started saving up for a DJ set and started playing DJ sets in my hometown.

West Coast EDM: Talk about your new album and what inspired it.

Sam Feldt: Sunrise to Sunset is an album about diversity and the fact that Sam Feldt music can be enjoyed both during the hours of Sunrise and Sunset. It’s been in the works for 2 years and I’m very happy that It’s out now for everyone to listen to.

West Coast EDM: Love the concept behind Fangage. What prompted the idea? Can you talk about how you were able to go from idea to company and can you talk about the successes it has seen?

Sam Feldt: Around 2 years ago, I saw that I had around 1 million fans on all social media combined. I had, however, no idea of who these people were or how to reach them. The only way I could reach them was paying huge amounts of money to Facebook and Instagram (to reach the people that already wanted to hear from me). For me, this was a ridiculous idea and I realized I had to regain control over my own fan base to be able to reach my fans directly. A year ago, my portal heartfeldt.me got launched and since then 20k fans signed up. In the past year, we’ve launched Fangage portals for 20+ other artists and influencers including Oliver Heldens, Headhunterz and many other DJ’s.

West Coast EDM: Can you talk about your style and how you see your sound developing over the next few years?

Sam Feldt: I would describe my style to be melodic, vocal and emotional. And I think it will remain that way since that’s the type of music that I like myself.

West Coast EDM: What city would you like to perform in that you have not visited yet?

Sam Feldt: Moscow, Russia

West Coast EDM: Which producers have inspired your style and who would you love to collaborate with?

Sam Feldt: 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.

West Coast EDM: What are your other hobbies outside of music?

Sam Feldt: I’m a big gamer! Playstation 4!

West Coast EDM: Where do you think you’d be now if not in music?

Sam Feldt: Graphic design - it has always been a passion of mine and I still design a lot of my own artwork.

West Coast EDM: What is one of the biggest challenges you've encountered throughout your career?

Sam Feldt: Coping with the struggles of touring and life on the road: little sleep, being away from loved ones and the pressure to perform and give everything you have at every show. In the end, however, it’s all worth it.

Well, there you have it! Be sure to catch Sam at his Miami, Atlanta, or Chicago stops if you haven't already. Trust us, it's a show you don't wanna miss.

Keep up to date with all things Sam Feldt:
https://www.facebook.com/officialsamfeldt
https://twitter.com/samfeldtmusic
https://www.instagram.com/samfeldtmusic/
https://www.youtube.com/samfeldt
https://soundcloud.com/samfeldt

When Blockchain & the Music Industry Collide

If you haven't heard about blockchain in 2017, you just might be living under a rock. With all the buzz surrounding this emerging technology, it's not surprising to see its growing impact on the music industry. Producer/DJ RAC has released his newest album on the Ethereum network, where artists can directly publish, license, and be compensated for their work. Check out the NEST HQ documentary below!

Berklee Online Announces First Online Master's Degree Program For Music Production & Music Business

Widely recognized among the top music schools in the world, Berklee College of Music in Boston launched Berklee Online in 2002 as an online option for attending their illustrious classes, and over the past fifteen years has evolved from offering award-winning virtual music courses to certificate programs to an undergraduate degree. Berklee Online is now the world’s largest online music school, teaching over 10,000 students a year.

Now, the cutting-edge online music school has taken the next step in their continued growth with the announcement that they will be launching their first master’s degree programs. This will give students the chance to earn their master’s degree with Berklee Online in the following two areas: Master of Music in Music Production and Master of Arts in Music Business. The program will officially start in September of 2018 and interested students can sign up to receives updates and more information here.

“This is a chance for students to spend a year doing everything they love and hone their knowledge and skills to advance their career in the music industry,” says Berklee Vice President of Online Education Carin Nuernberg. "Students will learn from world-renowned faculty in an interactive, collaborative course environment while forging connections with a network of talented industry professionals from around the globe."

The programs will consist of 12 courses (36 credits) that can be completed within one year. In keeping pace with the same flexibility that Berklee Online is known for, students have the option to start in any semester during the academic year and will get the chance to have direct interactions with Berklee faculty and fellow students through their learning management system. Part of each program is a culminating experience, which could be developing a marketing plan or creating an EP that is fully completed and ready to distribute.

For the Master of Music in Music Production, students will learn about the most creative and innovative music production techniques and the power of the latest DAW-based technology. This will include a dynamic education in advanced recording, mixing, and mastering, in addition to focused work on vocal production, audio for visual media, and business sustainability for independent producers.

The Master of Arts in Music Business will give students the chance to be a leader in the growth and success of the evolving music business in key market segments. This will include learning about fields like artist management, marketing, licensing, branding, and touring, featuring lessons from industry professionals and the chance to undertake an in-depth analyses of factors that influence the industry.

Featured faculty in the Master of Music in Music Production will include renowned producers and engineers like Enrique Gonzalez MüllerPrince Charles AlexanderSean Slade, and Susan Rogers, who have worked with artists like Prince, The Dave Matthews Band, Joe Satriani, Joan Baez, Les Claypool, Radiohead, Hole, Lou Reed, Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Faith Evans, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Brian McKnight and many more.

The Master of Arts in Music Business will feature global brand strategy expert Stephen Canfield, who currently serves as vice president of marketing for WeTransfer, in addition to the director of music licensing at SiriusXM satellite radio Casey Rae, the nationally recognized expert in music copyright and intellectual property matters Dr. E. Michael Harrington, practicing entertainment lawyer who specializes in the music industry John P. Kellogg, Esq and more.

The master’s degree program will continue with Berklee Online’s cost-effective, high-quality breadth of offerings, and will give students the chance to earn their degree for a total cost of $33,695 (tuition and fees included). Students interested in learning more can head to Berklee Online’s website here.