DJ, producer, entrepreneur and sustainability pioneer Sam Feldt has established himself as one of the most sought after electronic artists of recent times. Building his career around distinctly feel-good sound, Sam already has a double album and a multitude of top-selling releases under his belt. The platinum-selling DJ and producer has proven himself to be an entrepreneur at heart, with his own platform Fangage – meant for artists to connect with their fans better – and the launch of his own record label Heartfeldt Records in 2020. On top of this, with his project Heartfeldt Foundation, Sam is passionately working towards a more social and sustainable dance music industry. With this foundation he promotes a sustainable lifestyle according to the Do-Give-Inspire and Empower model and aims to combine the reach of a lot of different influencers to create awareness around sustainability issues. The mission of the foundation is a common thread for the entire Heartfeldt business chain: Heartfeldt Records, Heartfeldt Radio and Heartfeldt Events. Both in music and life, Sam definitely has his sights set firmly on the future.
Sam Feldt’s story begins at a very young age. As a youngster already, Sam was more interested in creating his own tunes than playing the songs the curriculum prescribed. However, and long before that time, Sam’s keyboards teacher started showing him the basics of production. His production efforts turned serious after a 6 months internship on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, where he got introduced to the tropical house sound. After adopting the ‘Feldt’ moniker, Sam was signed to Spinnin’ Records and burst onto the international scene.
Having made waves with a number of popular singles, most notably is his remake of Robin S’ Show Me Love and his collaboration with fellow Dutchmen Lucas & Steve, Summer On You (ft. Wulf). Sam Feldt released his debut album in 2017, at the age of 24. Called Sunrise to Sunset, this conceptual record boasts 24 tracks, one for each hour of the day. Several singles were released in 2019, including his hit Post Malone (feat. RANI) which reached the impressive number of 200 million streams on Spotify. Continuing to be passionate about discovering and guiding rising talent, Sam has launched his very own record label Heartfeldt Records in 2020. Heartfeldt Records contains new sounds and artists.
Characterized by heavy use of vocals and live instruments, Sam Feldt’s music is warm and intimate, and lends itself especially well to true live performance. Accordingly, some of the musicians from Sam’s studio are now joining him on-stage. With Quirijn on trumpet and drums and Tariq on sax and piano, the live band has already conquered the stages of Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival and Creamfields. And another highlight that cannot miss in this list of shows is Sam’s solo performance at Coachella (2016 and 2019).
In his entrepreneurship, Sam is always looking for ways to help out others and protect our planet. This same philosophy will be applied to Sam’s extracurricular endeavor to mitigate the climate impact of his DJ activities as much as possible. He is aware of the fact that as a DJ he flies all over the world and thus has a large carbon footprint. For this reason, his flight behavior is measured and calculated, visitors to Heartfeldt events are asked about their way of transport to his shows and 1% of the stream earnings of Heartfeldt Records releases goes to Heartfeldt Foundation. “The whole idea is to maximize the impact of what I’m doing,” Sam elaborates. “The transition to a circular economy is something that we are all part of and I think companies and people who are trying to do their best for the environment, should get attention and support.” As an ambassador of Plastic Promise, Plastic Soup Foundation and partner of Blond:ish Bye Bye Plastic, many positive adjustments are already made within the events sector. Sam Feldt believes sustainability is needed in all areas of our consumption. He is therefore open to working with all interested parties in order to investigate the ways in which life, from everyday consumption of food and drinks to flying and performing music, can be made sustainable.