Sam Feldt Talks Dutch Culture and The Environment at Spring Awakening
Sam Feldt is a Dutch DJ with a myriad of music under his belt. His prolific career has taken him around the world and back. He has the ability to create a perfect festival set with hard-hitting drops as well as tap into everyone’s softer side with his smooth beats. Sam Feldt has been touring constantly the past 5 years, yet he’s still releasing music even while on the road. We caught up with this sweetheart at Spring Awakening Music Festival after his set to talk what’s new and what his passions are aside from making music.
Sensible Reason: How was your set? There was a lot of energy from the crowd.
Sam Feldt: Yeah, for a set so early it was very packed. Everyone was going crazy.
SR: So, you’re playing two sets today.
SF: I am.
SR: What sparked two different sets? What can we expect from the second one?
SF: They first booked me for the main stage. Usually, that’s where I play the Sam Feldt set everyone will know. They asked me to do another one for the Corona [Electric Beach] Stage, and I’m going to play a little more tech-y there, more underground and show a different side of Sam Feldt.
SR: With it being the Electric Beach can we expect something more tropical?
SF: Yep! More like that and the deeper side of what I do.
SR: Are you trying to see anyone in between sets or do you have a lot of press in between?
SF: This is basically the only time in between sets talking to you.
SR: Oh! I’m honored, thank you! So, your last name isn’t Feldt. Where did that alias come from?
SF: Feldt comes from a quick Google search. I finished a few tracks and I needed a new alias to release them under. I knew all these German guys who were doing really well in the deep house scene like Robin Schulz. So, I Googled German last names. My name is actually Sam but Feldt is a popular German last name. It was like a 2-minute decision.
SR: Ok. So, you’re talking about the popularity of German DJs, but you come from Holland where the biggest DJs in the world are born. How is it that this tiny country produces such world-renowned artists?
SF: We’ve had house music since the 80’s and a lot of other countries had it much later. Of course, you’ve got Berlin, you’ve got Detriot, but Amsterdam was a very big capital of dance in the early 90’s coming up. So, we are a very dance and EDM oriented nation. There’s a lot of experience in the Netherlands, and it’s something we’re very proud of so we export our dance culture.
SR: The DJ Mag Top 100 always has a ton of Dutch DJs on that list.
SF: At least we’re good at something.
SR: You have a lot of new music coming up, “Know You Better” feat. Tessa. How did you link up with LVNDSCAPE? What is new for you?
SF: We’re both with Spinnin‘ [Records] so it was a very natural collaboration to just get in the studio and start working on something. Our styles are very similar, from the very first track he released I’ve been playing his tracks on my mixtapes and my radio show. It was on my radar for a long time. I found this great vocal from Tessa and I started working on it. After a while, I thought, ‘let’s ask LVNDSCAPE for a collab’ and we got together and finished it. There’s a new song dropping on the 15th of June with an indie singer called SYML and it’s actually a rework of a song that he’s already released a couple months ago. It’s called “Where’s My Love” [top of the page] and it’s going to be very cool.
SR: A little birdy told me that you had a New Year’s Resolution about the Earth. Tell me about that.
SF: Yeah, that’s true. I’ve been traveling a lot the past 5 years doing a lot of flying and seeing the world and seeing how we as humans are destroying it, basically. Going to China and seeing the amount of smog there makes me worried. I decided to voice my concerns on the 1st of January and basically say: Hey, I’m part of the problem, I’m flying a lot. I’m a polluting person and this next year I’m going to find ways to minimize that and raise awareness about what we can do as a community for sustainability.
SR: There are boxes of water at this festival rather than plastic bottles, which is cool.
SF: This “plastic” cup is actually biodegradable I heard as well. It’s not good but it could be worse.
SR: I know someone who has completely given up plastic. So that includes grocery shopping, getting certain to-go containers when eating out. She says it’s difficult these days still.
SF: It’s very challenging! This weekend I put a challenge up on my Instagram to encourage people not to use plastic straws for a weekend. It’s fun – well, I don’t know if it’s actually fun – but it’s interesting to raise awareness about things like how much plastic we’re actually using and how normal it is to throw away plastic. I’m also compensating for the CO2 emissions I’m using during my flights now. It’s a company called Green Seat so they invest in clean energy projects in India and things like that. So for every flight I make, I contribute to these projects. I traded in my old polluting car for a hybrid. Basically, this is my year of finding out all the things you can do and then share it with my fans. This is what I’m doing, so we can now share ideas.
Sam Feldt’s words definitely hit home. We all tend to ignore the little things we can do to make this world a better place. Feldt is bringing his talents and his insights to the perfect crowd. EDM fans are accepting, understanding, and likely to create the change this world needs. His music at the festival brought smiles to everyone in the crowd. He showed off his talents at both the Solstice Stage and the Corona Electric Beach. Check out Sam’s journey on his Instagram and check out his latest release with SYML and Tessa at the top of the page.