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October 11, 2016

SAM FELDT Interview @ 1015 Folsom 10.07.16

*interviewed by Nick

Esteemed and celebrated Dutch producer Sam Feldt headlined a massive sold out night at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco last week with fellow Amsterdam based producer Bakermat joining him on his From Amsterdam With Love tour. I Heart Moosiq had the pleasure of sitting down for a chat with Sam ahead of his spectacular set.


IHM:
I know you’ve been doing a lot of press recently, especially with your release
of “Runaways” today, so to break up the monotony and to make sure you’re not
doing the same generic interview over and over I wanted to something different.
The tour you’re on with Bakermat is called “From Amsterdam With Love”. Tonight
I’m going to quiz you and see how well you know Amsterdam.

To start – Which famous artist is from Amsterdam: Picasso, Van
Gogh, Da Vinci? 

SAM
FELDT:
Van Gogh.

IHM:
Correct. So based off that question, how important is
artwork for you in regards to a single and show production?

SAM
FELDT:
To me, it’s very important. I invest a lot in visuals. If you
look at my radio show, for example, every week there’s a design team that makes
new artwork. It can include me and space. I’m really glad with the team that I
have. Actually today I am premiering my new visuals, so today you will see that
and I have a new stage set up. I use to be a web designer, like a big nerd, so
I know how important design and aesthetics is. I design my own logo.

IHM:
That’s amazing that you’re pretty hands on.

SAM
FELDT:
Yeah, actually next Thursday (October 13th) I’m
releasing a new portal called Heartfeldt.me. It’s actually up and online now
but nobody knows about it. And it’s everything around Sam Feldt – all my
mixtapes, radio shows, Q&As, contests, everything. I’ve spent so much time
and money into getting that image perfect.

IHM:
I don’t know how you manage to do all this. Last week I saw
you at CRSSD Festival. You were just in Seattle last night, here in SF tonight,
and LA tomorrow. How do you have the energy for all that?

SAM
FELDT:
I get energy from that. I love developing brands and
interacting with my fans. I love being on that stage playing for people and
seeing them enjoying themselves. It gives me energy. I actually get tired of
sitting in airplanes and waiting at airports, but everything around
[performing] gives me energy.

(Sam Feldt’s latest hit with Deepend, Runaways, featuring Teemu)


IHM:
I don’t know if you’re familiar with Aseem from Hotel
Garuda…

SAM
FELDT:
Yeah, yeah of course.

IHM:
He was saying in a recent Live Q&A to Lido’s album
release listening party that he absolutely hates the traveling part but his
love for playing music supercedes that hate.

SAM
FELDT:
That’s the thing for every DJ. We give up a lot and
sacrifice a lot just to be able to play at all these stages. You have to really
love your job to make that sacrifice. I don’t see my family a lot, I don’t see
my friends a lot. I’m just on the road touring playing for people I don’t know.
But, like I said, it gives me so much energy I’m willing to sacrifice that
stuff.

IHM:
Trust me. We, speaking for all your fans, appreciate it.
Next question. The main river that flows through Amsterdam shares its name with
a beer. Which one is it: Budweiser, Heineken, Amstel?

SAM
FELDT:
Amstel.

IHM:
Perfect. So what is your go-to drink when you’re playing a
show?

SAM
FELDT:
It all depends. I use to drink a few beers before I go on
stage, but it makes me piss really bad.

IHM:
Yeaaaah, and you can’t leave the stage once you’re up there.

SAM
FELDT:
Especially for the extended sets, like two hours in a club.
So I don’t drink that much to be honest. Maybe I’ll drink a few shots just to
mellow myself out, but that’s it.

IHM:
To be honest, after the first time I saw you perform at The
Independent I’ve always wanted to share a beer with you, and now here I am
drinking a Corona.

SAM
FELDT:
And I’m only having water. Sorry, I took several shots
earlier. Actually you know, I rarely drink water on stage too, which is really
bad, but it makes me piss too. I always rehydrate when I get off so.

IHM:
So next question. What is the houseboat Poezenboot home to?
I hope I’m saying that right.

SAM
FELDT:
Poezen-what?

IHM:
Poezenboot. It’s a houseboat. I’ll ask it anyways. Is it
home to stray cats, a radio station, or a high school?

SAM
FELDT:
OH! The Poezenboat.

IHM:
Yes! Argh, my Dutch isn’t the best. My English isn’t even
the best.

SAM
FELDT:
It means the pussy boat. So cats to answer your question.

IHM:
Do you have any pets?

SAM
FELDT:
I do, I’m in love with cats. Me and my girlfriend, like
three months, we got a cat. I love him.

IHM:
Does she send you photos while you’re away?

SAM
FELDT:
Yes, all the time. Makes me feel like I’m at home when I see
him.

IHM:
Sorry, but I’m probably going to butcher this Dutch word
too, but the Concertgebouw is …

SAM
FELDT:
The concert what?

IHM:
Sorry here. (show’s question on flashcard)

SAM
FELDT:
Oh. The Concertgebouw.

IHM:
Yes, what is it famous for: A bust of Mahler, rooftop
revolving restaurant, its acoustics?

SAM
FELDT:
Must be the acoustics.

IHM:
It’s rated as one of the best places for acoustics in the
world actually. Have you ever been there?

SAM
FELDT:
Do you know what Concertgebouw means? It means Concert –
hall. HAHAHA.

IHM:
Man, I’m getting a lesson in Dutch tonight.

SAM
FELDT:
Hahaha, I’ve actually played there before a long time ago.
That was my first show as Sam Feldt.

IHM:
Did you use to have a former alias?

SAM
FELDT:
Yeah, here, I’ll show you. (Opens up phone’s facebook app to
https://www.facebook.com/drpapasov/
and becomes amused by the cover photo) It’s ridiculous, huh?

IHM:
Oh, you were a DR. Is that the same type of music as you do
now?

SAM
FELDT:
No, it’s different. More electro, house, dubstep.

IHM:
Do you ever break out that alias when you’re playing for
just friends?

SAM
FELDT:
No, but I’ve thought about bringing it back and revamping it
into this weird techno guy, like DR. HANZEL.

IHM:
That’d be fun. Speaking of fun, there are more what in
Amsterdam than people? Are there more boats, coffee shops, or bikes?

SAM
FELDT:
Bikes.

IHM:
Yeah, do you like biking?

SAM
FELDT:
I hate it.

IHM:
The next question – Amsterdam has many neighborhoods, but
which is most famous?

SAM
FELDT:
With you, probably the Red Light District. Hehheh.

IHM:
Hahaha okay, well is there a famous spot for locals?

SAM
FELDT:
I don’t know. I’m living in Amsterdam East. I love that
place. Like, for locals it’s different. In San Francisco it’s probably the same
thing.

IHM:
So when you go to cities do you bother going to the tourist
spots or do you look for hole-in-the-wall type of spots?

SAM
FELDT:
I go to tourist spots for about half an hour so we can take
a photo and put it online. Mostly I love going to good restaurants. So I just
follow my nose and see where it goes, or I’m on Yelp, or call people I know
from the area and they pretty much advise on where’s the best spot to eat.

IHM:
Okay, final quiz question. Which famous diary …

SAM
FELDT:
Anne Frank.

IHM:
Wow, hahaha. Okay. Do you guys keep a tour diary?

SAM
FELDT:
Yeah, but I do more like adventures. “HeartFeldt Adventures”
is actually what their called and you can find them on Heartfeldt.me.

IHM:
Cool. I look forward to checking that and see what
adventures you have coming up!

Thank you, Sam Feldt, for taking the time to talk to I Heart Moosiq! For further information on Sam’s upcoming tour dates, visit his Facebook. Check out Sam’s new portal, www.heartfeldt.me, for an immersive experience he’s seamlessly put together for his many fans.

Sam Feldt: FacebookSoundcloud / YouTubeTwitter

August 16, 2016

cln Interview – August 2016 

*interviewed by Nick

I Heart Moosiq chatted with gifted Australian electronic producer cln, or Callan Alexander, ahead of his debut North American tour. We’ve been fans of cln’s music for over two years now and we can’t get enough of his latest beautifully chiming, pensive stirring singles, Mist and Owls. On August 26th, cln hits up 1015 in San Francisco alongside Crywolf and ILLENIUM, both of whom also put on amazing shows the last time we saw them in the Bay. In fact, you can read our interview with ILLENIUM, here, after you peruse our conversation with cln below. 

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IHM: We’re excited that you’ll be coming to The States for a tour. What are some items you’ll be bringing with you to keep from getting home sick?

cln: I’m bringing my partner! She will keep me company so hopefully I won’t get too homesick. I might try sneak some Vegemite through customs too. 

IHM: This won’t be your first time performing in The States. The Red Rocks in Colorado is one of the most beautiful venues the US has to offer. What was it like to take that venue in and also support an act like The Chainsmokers?

cln: The red rocks show is actually part of this tour, so I’m not sure yet! Can’t wait though!

IHM:

What city are you most looking forward to taking in from a tourist perspective?

cln:

Vancouver looks beautiful. I’m also excited to see LA and New York for the first time. 

IHM:

In 2009 you moved from South Africa to Brisbane. To me your music is very earthly. There’s a calming whimsicality to it. How much influence do you draw from nature and the natural environments of these two places?

cln:

Nature is super inspiring. It’s kind of hard to make music outside – but I go hiking fairly often and I guess I try to channel those experiences into my music. I think that inspiration is more of a subconscious thing though – I don’t think I ever actively try to make music based on something in particular. I suppose it just sort of turns out that way. 

IHM:

To me it seems most of the artwork for your songs are animals or landscapes that make me think of Australia or South Africa. Is there any correlation to this or am I over reaching?

cln:

No you’re completely right! Two of my covers so far have been based on South African animals. I think animals/birds are really interesting from a visual perspective. 

IHM:

Your remix of Odesza’s Say My Name is stellar. On soundcloud you’ve captioned it as your entry for their remix competition. Was the prize to be an opener at their show at Oh Hello?

cln:

Thank you! I was one of the finalists in that competition, but opening for them wasn’t really part of the prize. We just reached out to them when we found out they were coming to Brisbane and they asked us to support them. It was such a great show. 

IHM:

In an interview you mentioned you’d love to collaborate with Damon Albarn of the Gorillaz. Are you excited that there’ll be a new album coming soon?

cln:

I
am beyond excited. Gorillaz albums always push musical boundaries so I can’t wait to see what they come up with. 

IHM:

You went on a trip to Africa back in January and seemed excited for a 14 hour flight because you could play

Pokémon

. How active have you been with Pokémon Go and does that amp up your excitement for the tour, the possibility of finding Pokemon that may otherwise be hard to find in Australia?

cln:

I must admit I’m more of a fan of the old school Pokemon games. I was pretty obsessed with my GameBoy Advance when I was younger. I have played

Pokémon Go

a little bit, and I think it’s a really cool concept. I don’t think I will have too much time to play while I’m overseas unfortunately. 

IHM:

If you could describe yourself as a Pokemon which of the original 150 would you be and why?

cln:

Tough question. I think I’m gonna go with Drowzee, since I seem to always be in a state somewhere between awake and asleep. 

IHM:

Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing you in San Francisco! 

cln: Facebook / Soundcloud / Twitter