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.
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.
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