Sidney Sampson, the well-known 31-year-old DJ and producer, recently stopped by the historical Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana, California
during a hectic world tour schedule. Even though I was there for a review of his set, the Dutch House man himself was gracious enough to take me behind the scenes and answer a few questions before he threw down a heavy set for the people of Orange County. After the interview, Sidney absolutely rocked the packed crowd. He played all of his hits, as well as gave the audience a bunch of sneak peeks at his new music. The man was born with talent, and it was refreshing to be able to sit down with such a nice guy and passionate producer. If you have not seen a Sidney Sampson show, do yourself a favor and go! He plays some of the coolest mash-ups with Dutch house beats on top of top forty hits. At almost every drop, I was on my feet, heart racing and hands up in anticipation of what was next to come. In my opinion, this was one of the best sets of the summer! I look forward to the next time I get to see him live.
EDM: You started out as a hip-hop dj then switched over to the EDM scene, what prompted the genre switch?
Sidney: The crowd. A friend of mine played trance music and he invited me to a gig to show me what his scene was like. I was looking at the party and everyone had their hands in the air jumping up and down. As a hip-hop Dj you play your set and go home, but not with this music.
EDM: You’re a busy guy lately traveling all over the world, what would you say is the best part of traveling?
Sidney: The best part would be that I have friends all over the world. Not just people that I know but really “friends.” I can hop on a flight for ten hours, get off the plane and have friends waiting for me, that is the best part.
EDM: What about the worst part of traveling?
Sidney: The worst part would be the airports. It’s not the airports in particular; it’s the waiting in the airports that is the worst part. I wish that just for one day I could run an airport and fix all of its problems.
EDM: You started to DJ at the age of 14, how did that come about?
Sidney: My older brother worked at a club and so I was able to get in with him. The only thing that fascinated me was the DJ, I would watch the DJ from 10 pm until 5 am. One day, the DJ came up to me and asked me how old I was. I told him 14, then he told me that was the age he started. I was so inspired that the next day I went and bought records, I didn’t even have a turntable yet but I started collecting records.
EDM: Do you have any words of advice for those young producers looking to make it big?
Sidney: I remember the year that I really broke out in Holland I had so many different releases on different labels. I see kids nowadays making one song and betting it all on that one song like this is “THE SONG” and I would tell them to make like ten songs and get them released on different labels. If you can’t find a label to pick up your song, then just throw them up on soundcloud and other sites in order for them to catch on.