House Hero, Samson

There’s more than ‘Riverside’ in Sidney Samson

Surrender Nightclub’s newest resident, Sidney Samson, one of the talented producers in the recent influx of Dutch DJs, will unite Electric Daisy Carnival’s sea of dancers with his high energy-hits June 25 on the Kinetic Field stage of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The ambitious producer took a moment to chat with Vegas Seven from Holland. If you can’t make it to the massive event, he’ll be rocking Encore alongside DJ Steve Aoki one day before his EDC debut, on June 24.

Your work in music began with playing the guitar, then DJing hip-hop and R&B, which evolved into house. What is it that has kept you in the electronic dance music scene?

The party and the audience. The house crowd is full of happiness and energy, and they respect the DJ and really understand when a DJ is good. With hip-hop and R&B, it’s not so well-respected like house music.

Why do you think that is?

Because house DJs can make their own music as well, and hip-hop DJs just play hip-hop or R&B and are not really into the producer kind of thing. They only like to DJ.

When did you start producing?

I started producing when I was 18. Before I started making house music I was always making music on my guitar; I was in a rock band. I’m always producing music, now it’s just in the form of house music. Maybe in 10 years—I don’t know—maybe we’ll make a new opera, in my style.

You could call it Sidney’s Symphony.

Yes, we could!

What kind of music did your band play?

We played a lot of Metallica songs. I’m a big fan. I played all their solos and we played everything live. At the same time, I DJ’d R&B and hip-hop music, so it was like the best of two worlds.

Do you still incorporate your string skills in your music?

Yeah, sometimes I grab my guitar, like in my Rihanna remix of “S&M.” If you listen to the breaks, that’s me on the guitar.

You’ve still kept some hip-hop roots, remixing a lot of hip-hop or pop songs, and then Twista rapped over your hit “Riverside.” Are there any other artists you’ve been involved with?

I just recorded a song last Sunday with Lil Jon, and I recorded some with So those two records I hope will be out soon. My biggest wish is to work Beyoncé or Lady Gaga.

Speaking of “Riverside,” why did you use those vocals?

They’re from the movie Juice. Tupac says it after he shoots somebody. He says, “Riverside, Motherfucker!” The vocals sounded cool. There was no meaning whatsoever on why I took that vocal. Everybody always has these feelings like, “Yeah, it’s Riverside because it’s the West Coast,” or “No, it’s because of England,” and others are like, “No it’s because we live at the river’s side,” or maybe on the water! Whatever! Do what you want! Make it your own song! Be happy!

With that song’s international success, has there been subsequent pressure to keep creating huge hits?

Not really pressure, but it’s harder to make something as big as that record. Everywhere I go, people call me ‘Mr. Riverside’ or say, “Can you play ‘Riverside?’” I’m like, “OK, I’ve made 20 songs after that song. Why don’t you ask about those?” But it’s such a big record. It’s fun if people want to hear that song over and over again, but there’s more of Sidney Samson than “Riverside.” But as long as I can play all over the world, it’s OK by me.

How did you develop your distinct sound?

This has been my sound for 10 years, and it’s hot right now, so I’m just lucky. I always have fun making this music. I’m never under stress, it’s not like, “Tomorrow you have to finish something by 1 o’clock.” The energy of my music is always chill and about having fun and not about competition or hating each other. It’s only good energy, good vibes. It’s just music, it’s not politics.