WORDS: Dani Deahl
Love’s a complicated feeling, you know? There can be butterflies, jealousy, adrenaline-pumping highs and crushing lows. Anyone who says that love is singularly an all-around good feeling, we think, simply hasn’t been in love. To that end, our selections for Valentine’s Day show love for what it is: euphoric, melancholy, longing, intimate, and, yes, sometimes a little ugly. It’s a roller coaster of emotions ahead, so strap in and prepare for feels. All of them.
From: Boxtel, The Netherlands
DJ style: “Tropical house.”
Best known for: “My remix of Robin S’ ‘Show Me Love’ and my single ‘Summer On You’ with Lucas & Steve feat. Wulf.”
What’s the next new big track? “Don Diablo ‘Cutting Shapes’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2016: “Moksi.”
Holland’s Sam Feldt takes his first dip into the Top 100 following a breakthrough year that’s seen him tour North America with countryman Bakermat, make his Ultra Miami debut, and play to a 20,000-strong crowd at Coachella festival. Hotly tipped by his fellow DJs, Sam has risen through the ranks quickly; the young Dutchman only launched his career in 2013, yet he’s already signed to Spinnin’ Records and charted across the globe with his rework of the Robin S classic, ‘Show Me Love’, including a peak No.4 placing in the UK.
It was the original version of that track, in fact, that kicked off Sam’s passion for house music when he heard it in a shop at the tender age of 11. “I asked my dad what kind of music it was. He replied: ‘It's drum & bass’,” recalls Sam. “Later I found out what I was listening to was house music, and I fell in love.”
That love has endured and now pushes Sam towards even bigger goals. “A No.1 worldwide radio hit has always been something that's high up on my wish-list,” he says. “My new single with Deepend, ‘Runaways’, is doing really well so far, so who knows!”
What have been the new frontiers for you this year?
“I've started up something called Sam Feldt LIVE, which is a live performance including a trumpet player, a saxophone player and one or multiple live singers. We've done that show quite a few times now over the past year and I enjoy the new level of energy it brings to the stage.”
Is electronic music taken seriously enough as an art-form?
“More and more, I think. It's getting a lot of recognition right now all over the world and has built up quite a huge following over the past years, which is great.”
What’s the best new bit of DJ/production technology, and why?
“I really enjoy playing with the new Pioneer CDJ series. They make finding the song you're looking for a lot easier, and also have cool new hot cue features!”
If you had to switch your style to another genre, what would it be?
“Hardstyle or underground deep house.”
As a fan, what is the top price you would pay to see yourself DJ?
“Three billion dollars.”
How can we increase diversity in dance music?
“I think it's not something we really have to push hard on, it will happen by itself. People easily get bored when they hear too much of the same sounds and they move on to discover new artists with fresher sounds.”