"Riverside", which came out in 2009 on Spinnin’ Records has become a classic, a raver's theme song that has thus far stood the test of time. The man behind the infamous track? Dutch house pioneer Sidney Samson -- which by the way is his real name. He has a diverse repertoire of productions, not to mention is a killer remixer, crushing beats with his bare hands and churning them into heaps of weaponry to make your subwoofer explode. We got Holland-native Sidney Samson on the phone for a chat to discuss Amsterdam Dance Event, the magical city of Amsterdam, Dutch House, and his string of new releases.
What have you been up to these past few months? How was ADE for you?
Traveling, playing shows in many different countries...Amsterdam, Ibiza, Vegas, Sweden, Canada... [Sidney is the resident DJ at Surrender nightclub at the Wynn Las Vegas resort when he is not on tour.]
It [ADE] was really fun. I had my own night at Escape. In Amsterdam, people have known my music for such a long time. It's really fun to play to people who really know my music and can really get into the groove.
Fun fact: Mr. Samson started DJing when he was 14-years-old, playing mainly hip-hop and R&B. Watching the DMC DJ MIX championships inspired him to become a DJ himself. His approach to mixing is really very unique - he doesn't even need a computer. You don't have a "signature sound" per say, how do you continue to put out quality club music without sounding generic?
I love DJing, but I'm a producer first. BPM used to be the art of DJing. I started out with turn tables and vinyl, but nowadays, simply messing around with the BPM is not impressive anymore. Now I’m trying to be more creative with other aspects of music, using new tricks, using acapellas etc. I work with many different talented artists and it's hard not to be inspired by them. (Dr. Dre is on his collaboration "wish list").
Let's talk about the new song you have out, "Revenge Of The Acid" featuring Killfake out now on Doorn Records
Revenge of the Acid is a tribute to acid house. Acid is like a sound that was once really popular in the late 80s and influenced many styles of dance music so we decided to revisit the sound. It's a bit retro. I’ve known the two guys from Killfake [a relatively new duo, made up of Dutchmen Dimitrie Siliakus and Steven Jonkers] for a long time so we talked about it and decided to put out a track together.
And your upcoming song “Make The Club Go Like” featuring Alvita (out December 2nd via Rock The Houze)
It's in your face, made for the clubs. I don't want to tell you too much about it but it's a big track that I made with Alvita, another Dutch guy, out on December 2nd. (Alvita recently released "Cyborg" on Ferry Corsten's label).
What is Dutch House to you?
Dutch house is just the music we make here in Holland. Originally this music had a harsh, high pitched, 'bleep' sound to it that make it unique. But well you know, everything sounds the same nowadays. We are just making music, it’s not necessarily Dutch House anymore. Actually, we never thought it would go further than Holland. In 2009 when Dutch House was becoming popular in America, it was already 'over' here. People were done with it but it sort of came back.
How do you feel about the negative press that’s been directed towards “selling out” …having a big room sound, appealing to the crowd etc.
What I have to say about it is how can you sell out? You are making music. And it's just music, I don’t get why you would ‘hate’ a DJ because of a song. But I will say that I have to like the music that I am making, that's really important to me. I want to make something different than what other people are doing but stay true to myself and what I like.
Plans for closing out 2013?
I have some gigs coming up in Asia and the Caribbean. I will be in L.A. in December and spending NYE in San Diego. Looking to put some tour dates together for 2014. But there’s a lot of studio time in my future…I also have a collab coming out in January so stay tuned :)
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