Sam Allan is a name hot on the New York DJ circle since winning the New World Punx Best DJ Contest MIX competition in the 2014. The multi-talented artist has been playing at some of the city’s biggest venues, including: Pacha, Space, Marquee and Webster Hall, supporting the likes of The Bingo Players, Cosmic Gate, Markus Schulz, Michael Calfan, Oliver Heldens, Paul Oakenfold and Roger Sanchez along the way.
As well as DJing, Sam can be found locked in the studio, producing some of the scene’s most uplifting and mesmerising Progressive House records. Responsible for hit singles such as ‘Vesper’ and ‘Outer Limits’, Sam’s works are regular features on Beatport Top 100 charts, as well as gaining vast support from A-List stars such as: PaulVanDyk, LiquidTodd, JudgeJules, CedricGervais, RichieHawtin and MaxVangeli. We caught up with Sam to have a chat about his latest offering ‘Outer Limits’.
Hi Sam, thanks for taking time to answer these few questions. You have just recently released ‘Outer Limits’. What was the idea behind the track?
The idea behind ‘Outer Limits’ was an idea that has been swirling around in my studio for 2 years; it embodies an idea that takes you on a journey to an ‘outer limit’ as different elements of the track come out stage by stage leading into the main break. I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Where did you get your inspiration from when producing the track?
Eric Prdyz’s music gave me a lot of inspiration; not only for this track but also for a lot of the music I intend to produce.
Where did the track name come from?
When I listen to the song I kind of imagine myself being taken on a journey beyond earth, hence the idea ‘Outer Limits’. It’s fitting because when you listen to the song, there are so many elements of music flying around stage by stage!
‘Outer Limits’ follows your previous track ‘Vesper’ on the release catalogue of Groove Society Records. Why did you decide to release the record with them? Chema Dezerate, the co-founder of Groove Society has been very good to my music journey. He was one of the first people to notice the track and was excited to release it. Groove Society is backed by Sony Music and they agreed to give Vesper good promo. I decided to sign Outer Limits to the label too and it did very well and charted longer on Beatport this time around.
How did your relationship and journey with the label begin?
Through a good DJ buddy of mine Francis Mercier. He helped connect us and it all began from there.
‘Outer Limits’ has already gained support from renowned artists such as Ferry Corsten, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Paul Van Dyk and JES. How does it make you feel knowing that these guys are supporting your work?
It’s an amazing feeling knowing the artists I grew up and idolized are supporting my music. I hope the trend continues!
The track also peaked at no. 19 on the Beatport Top 100 Progressive Chart, how does it make you feel when you see your track high in the charts and knowing people are buying your record?
It’s a great accomplishment and I’m very happy but I still haven’t broke into the top 10, so I have a lot of work ahead of me. The music needs to stay consistent to stay prevalent.
On to the technical side of the record, what equipment did you use during the production stage?
I used Logic and multiple plugs-ins… hard to disclose all of them!
How long did it take to produce the record?
I’ve been working on ‘Outer Limits’ for 2 years. It didn’t take long to produce but I wasn’t happy with releasing it the way it was so I kept going back to it. ‘Vesper’ started after it and it was released before ‘Outer Limits’. ‘Vesper’ flowed easier, I’m very happy with the outcome of ‘Outer Limits’ now after somewhat two years.
How has the track been received by the clubs during your recent sets?
Amazing so far!
Lastly, can we expect a follow up to ‘Outer Limits’ soon?
New tracks will be hitting this spring and summer! STAY TUNED!