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Säm Wilder

Santa Monica, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | INDIE

Santa Monica, CA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2018
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"“Lava Lamps” – Maty Noyes ft. Beekwilder"

Loving this latest bop from Maty Noyes. We have literally no idea what she is talking about, but we love it. With an aggressive beat carrying no discernible melody, this feels like the kind of blackout that leaves your friends calling local hospitals wondering what happened to you. The production is fun and retro but the hook is super current. All of the artwork is super on point too. We’ll be bumping this all summer! - ISSABOP


"Interview With Breaking Artist Beekwilder"

I recently had the opportunity to be introduced to the music of Sam Beekwilder. He had an opportunity right at his doorstep one night and the rest, as they say, is history….


Keith: Sam it’s a pleasure to meet you and have the opportunity to ask you some questions.

Sam: Of course, I appreciate you having me.

Keith: I understand you are from Holland. How did you end up coming to the U.S.?

Sam: I was born in the Netherlands and grew up there for the first 18 years of my life but was a foreign exchange student at a high school in Visalia, CA when I was 15. That year, I fell in love with the social culture of Americans and the spontaneity of everyone, and I was running away from some issues back home at the same time, so accepting the U.S. as a second home felt pretty natural. When I graduated high school back home in Holland, I wanted to experience that same feeling of meeting a bunch of new people and seeing what could happen, so I decided to go to the U.S. again, but this time for college. My parents moved to Bali, Indonesia that same year, so I felt like there wasn’t any reason for me to stick around as all my friends were moving all over the place too. I finished two years at Cal Poly SLO before moving to LA to pursue music, which I did after meeting Hero DeLano and Peter A. Barker at the studio in the summer between my freshman and sophomore year.


Keith: I think after what happened to you, getting a song on a major label and the circumstance that led to all that, has made you a believer of being in the right place and the right time? Can you explain the chain of events that led to your good fortune?

Sam: It’s crazy yeah, it absolutely made me believe in the right place and the right time. It even made me believe in destiny, which is corny to say but it’s true. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, so I came to America to figure it out and go with the flow, and now I got a record I wrote and performed released through Republic, it’s crazy. Back then, I couldn’t afford tuition anymore after my 2nd year, and if it wasn’t for me meeting the people at the studio, I honestly don’t know what I’d be doing now. I met Hero, Jason, and Pete one night in July 2016. I was staying on friends’ couches for a couple weeks after school ended before my flight back to Holland and spent a couple days with my girlfriend in Santa Monica during that. Her friend suggested we should go hang out at ‘the studio’ that night, and so I tagged along, and we did. I had no idea what to expect. When I get there, it turned out to be a professional recording studio for songwriters. I started making beats a couple years before that and had always been singing wherever I went, but never considered it a real aspiration along with school. I started singing that night while everyone was jamming, and before I knew it Hero and Jason asked me to sing on a record they were producing in a studio downstairs. I wrote, sang and basically finished the song with them in a couple of days while I stayed on the studio couch. It was a great start to my summer ha ha. I went home the next week and heard back from Pete that the record came out great and that he wanted me to come to the studio more to see if I could make more music with them. That’s basically history. My sophomore year I barely attended school and spent all my time obsessing over making my own music. I would drive down to LA for a weekend at least once a month and sleep on the studio couch until it was time to go back to school. We made so much dope shit in those short periods of time that I couldn’t stop thinking about having more time in the studio. I craved it. After that year I realized music was what I wanted to do and that I had an ear for melody and lyricism. I moved to LA after that year to pursue a career being an artist. I knew the music I’d made with the people at the studio was exciting, new, and the production quality was amazing. In the Summer of 2017, I was working on a new song with Hero, Dillon Daniel, and Tessa Rae, and that song turned out to be “Lava Lamps.” We would work endlessly on that same song, trying to perfect it out of some sort of obsession. We knew the song was good but we didn’t want to sell it short. Luckily, it didn’t take long for an artist from a major label to walk by and hear what was bumping from the room, walk in and be like ‘yo, I fuck with this. Whatever vibe you got going over here, I like it. Let’s work together, and that type of acknowledgment is all I wanted. Maty is such a sick person and she fitted perfectly on “Lava Lamps.” I honestly couldn’t be happier she was able to put it out as her single - it got me my first real release through a major label and I think the track’s energy works great with the two of us on there. If I hadn’t been stuck couch surfing 2 years ago, who knows where I would be now - if I would even have any music to call my own.

Keith: Growing up what kind of music did you listen to and what would you consider your influences now? And along those lines what artists or bands do you think are the ones to watch?

Sam: I grew up listening to a lot of soul, Latin music, and classic rock. Al Green, Manu Chao, and Queen are probably the main faces of those three influences while growing up, it’s what my parents listened to and I grew attached to it all. When I was about 10 I started discovering music myself, and I would mainly listen to hip-hop really, with big influences being Wu-Tang, G-Unit and Eminem of course. When I got to high school I really started delving into music and being from Holland I was, of course, putting together small, rough mixtapes of electronic dance music, although hip-hop stayed my main beloved genre. Today I listen to a little bit of everything, as I believe good music is objectively distinguishable from bad music, and every genre has good and bad music. I’d say I’m mostly inspired by the artists who I can draw from that and take the good parts from every wave to create their own. Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Anderson Paak, SZA, Mac Miller, N.E.R.D., Outkast, Kaytranada, De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, Tyler the Creator. I get such a sense of personality from their music, but also a sense of really good taste and eclecticism. Obviously, all of them have great voices, great lyrics and/or great production quality. But I think that’s the bar to be considered worthy of attention nowadays. In order to be great as a musician today, you gotta be able to hold your own on the sound waves, and in my opinion, those artists all do, simply by having invented a type of undeniable swagger paired with music you just can’t put in a box. That’s what I inspire to be honestly, the creator of my own wave that sounds naturally accessible to anyone who listens.

Keith: How did you find the right people to work with? When did you know you a had circle of people around you that you could trust?

Sam: Like I said earlier, the people I work with today are the people I’ve found by chance. That being said, I’ve met a lot of people in the meantime or aren’t as trustworthy, talented or care about music as much as they say they do. What I realized after witnessing one year of ‘Hollywood’ around me, is that there are a lot of people out there trying to be heard, without having anything real to say. Surprisingly, I met a lot of people seemed to be enamored with the idea of being a musician and aren’t willing to put the work in or simply don’t have the talent. I knew I found the right people in my circle because I saw they were noticing the same things in me for the required work ethic. I’m all about real genuine music, real emotion, and the people who taught me the importance of that are the people that introduced me to making music, and who I still work with today. It’s easy to trust someone in the studio when you want the same thing as them creatively.

Keith: Do you have a collection of vinyl records? I think it has come back very strong and has gained some momentum every passing year over the last 3 years or so.

Sam: I don’t really, I have some at home for memorabilia-sake like some Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix vinyl, but I never owned a vinyl record player, so if I wanted to use them I’d have to go to a friend’s house. I think they definitely gained some momentum with certain crowds, but I think the user-friendliness of streaming services is knocking that momentum out of the water. At the studio I work with I’m surrounded by audiophiles, so I do understand the difference of the crispy quality you hear when listening to an actual LP being played versus a digital mix. I wouldn’t say it’s inspired me to purchase my own LP player, but once I get to the point where I can release my own album on vinyl, I might just have to change my mind.

Keith: I think music is the universal healer, do you feel that way as well or do have a different outlook on how music affects you?

Sam: I absolutely agree. Music heals all wounds. There’s no better feeling than screaming along a song that talks exactly about how you feel at the moment, and the music accompanying it totally adds to the sensation. It can also expose wounds you didn’t even realize were deep wounds, but realizing you had them can be considered healing as well. There’s something about listening to a song from front to back, hearing the way certain words are pronounced and performed, hearing the sounds and instruments evolve into each other, and having the sense that it all ties back together in one message. It’s an experience unlike watching a movie, unlike reading a book, unlike looking at a piece of art on the wall. For me, it’s the perfect balance between presenting art in a complete package while leaving enough room for interpretation for the listener. Everyone relates to a song differently, yet everyone will sing along the same lyrics. It’s the personal healer that brings the universe together by making us realize we’re not that different. Of course, not all music is going to resonate with everyone, but great music doesn’t fade away.

Keith: What are your plans going forward? Are you going to release a full-length album this year or is that something you are working towards at this point?

Sam: I have mainly been working on developing myself as an artist; figuring out what it is I want to say to the world about who I am, what I’ve been through, and how I got here. I’ve realized while making these new songs that a lot of people relate to my pain or are in love with my energy. I released an 11-song EP earlier this year that I finished in 2017 called Bungalow Bill, named after the studio I work at. I have over 40 songs unreleased right now, and I think it’s all better than the music I’ve put out already. The stage I’m in right now is something I really treasure, because I get to work in a studio every single day with no pressure, trying to get every song just right, over and over again. There’s no money involved for me yet but having the chance to write and perform my songs completely makes up for that. The chances of me releasing another full-length project this year are definitely possible, although not certain. I will release a couple singles first to test the waters, as I’m experimenting every day in every way. My music is definitely different, and I think it’ll help carve my own lane in the music world. I’m currently still independent and having my message fall on deaf ears by releasing music prematurely is a scenario I don’t want. Whatever scenario, I will always make sure I have something new to show for.

Keith: What are your thoughts on the power of social media and how it can help launch the career of an artist or collect income (like Pledge Music)? Do you think this is something that will continue to grow?

Sam: I don’t think social media is going to stop growing anytime soon, and I guess we’ll see how artists continue to take their place in that realm. Social media allows the world to be a lot more connected, and music is able to find a way to a lot more ears than it could 20 years ago. I’m not a huge fan of having constant exposure to my everyday life on Instagram, but there are now famous artists whose fanbase is mainly based around their daily interaction with them through social media. It’s crazy how one person with a lot of online followers can tag your profile in a single post, and all of a sudden there are thousands of people knocking on your (online) door, peaking interest. Drake can co-sign an artist by simply playing their song in a video he posts; millions watch it, and that artist’s song blows up and gets on the radio the next month. The time it takes for people to get famous has absolutely shrunk through social media, but it also is a lot quicker to forget about someone these days if they’re not relevant on the internet. I don’t know if I’ll ever get comfortable as some other artists are with presenting their daily lives online. My power and my strength are when I am on stage. For me, I want to feel that personal connection to a fan by performing in front of them and seeing their reaction. Although I realize the importance of having a presence online and don’t see that importance going away anytime soon - I truly believe that communication through personal contact, artist to audience, can never be replicated online. It is the thing that creates goosebumps, chills, memories and moments, and it is what I think sets me apart from others in the arena.

Keith: Sam it has been a great pleasure to get some insight into your young career and what it is like for a man to jump into such a crazy business. I give you credit for your fortitude and wish you the best and thank you so much for all of your time!

Sam: Thanks so much for having me! - MuzikMan's Reviews and News


"Emerging Artist Beekwilder Releases New Single Lava Lamps With Maty Noyes"

Sam Beekwilder, a college student from The Netherlands at the time, was only 19 years old when he found himself at a recording studio in Santa Monica, while hanging around on a roof with some new friends, started to sing along with the music everyone was playing.


Hollywood, CA, July 12, 2018 -(PressReleasePoint)- Sam Beekwilder, a college student from The Netherlands at the time, was only 19 years old when he found himself at a recording studio in Santa Monica, while hanging around on a roof with some new friends, started to sing along with the music everyone was playing. Producers Hero DeLano and Jason Parris were so impressed after hearing the kid’s 4-octave vocal range that they brought him in the studio that night and wrote and recorded a full new song at Sam’s very first time at any studio. That would be the start of the new emerging star called Beekwilder. This a moment in life where “Embrace the unexpected” is the norm.

Being in the right place at the right time certainly helps, and Beekwilder knows this all too well. Not even a full year into his career, he has already shown the work ethic and talent necessary to make excellent music. In October he released his first single “Oh My,” a fun rap-jam where Beekwilder freestyles over a funky bassline. In March he released an 11-song mixtape he named “Bungalow Bill,” an ode to the studio Beekwilder found a home at in Santa Monica, and the consequences that come with moving away from home to pursue what you love. And as of last week, he got his first feature on a major label release in “Lava Lamps” with Maty Noyes.

He has come an incredibly long way for being an international student in California who only sang in the shower and made hip-hop beats on his laptop. After spending almost, a year living in LA for the sole purpose of developing his music, Beekwilder had over 50 songs he and his producer Hero DeLano had come up with over the course of that year. “Lava Lamps” was one of these song ideas. Maty Noyes heard the beat bumping out of the Bungalow Bill studio while at a different recording session and walked in and told Beekwilder she would want to hop on the track. After she wrote and recorded her parts on the song, the rest became history. Maty’s team loved the record and wanted to release it as her single, and the song got released on July 6th through Lava/Republic Records. It’s a first big glimpse of the world of potential for Beekwilder. He showcases his energy and his versatility with his voice and his work ethic remains intact. This is an exciting time of opportunity for the young Dutchman.

Being discovered by a major label is every musician or vocalist’s dream. The very few out of thousands have the life-changing opportunity presented in the most unexpected circumstances. Such is the case for Beekwilder, who had always loved and created music but never imagined the possibility of being an artist in a legendary city like LA.

Beekwilder, now only 21 years old, is off to a great start in a promising career. He has already proven to be flexible and diverse enough to sing within multiple genres and to possess a voice unique enough to set himself apart internationally. Who knows where he can go from here? The sky seems to be the limit.

Lava Lamps on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/ydafos3m
Beekwilder on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yavhlzyh - PressReleasePoint


Discography

2017 - Oh My - Single

2018 - Immortals (Jason Parris feat. Beekwilder) - Single

2018 - Bungalow Bill Mixtape - Album

2018 - Lava Lamps (Maty Noyes feat. Beekwilder) - Single

2019 - Fridge Broke - Single

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Bio

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Säm Wilder discovered his talent for music in Los Angeles when he was 19. Säm Wilder (real name Samuel Beekwilder) started out making music by producing beats on his laptop in high school. Long before he even started making beats, his family and close friends had always known him as a music lover who wouldn’t stop singing out loud, no matter where he was. Growing up, Säm moved around a lot as a kid. His parents divorced when he was 10 months old, causing him to grow up in different homes across the Netherlands, France, USA and Indonesia. He graduated high school in the Netherlands and decided to move to California for college. 

 

While a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Säm started to focus on combining his songwriting, production and vocal skills to create original music. Inspired by the likes of Kanye West, Jamie xx, J Dilla, DJVT, Knxwledge, Nick Murphy (to name a few), Säm found his sound to be simultaneously organic and electronic, his lyricism and versatile voice standing tall on each track. He moved to Los Angeles to make music full-time when he was 20 years old, after having been discovered at Spin Move Records recording studio in Santa Monica which led to a subsequent development deal with the label.

 

In the Summer of 2018 Säm was featured as a writer and performer on the song Lava Lamps by recording artist Maty Noyes. Säm performed on this song under the moniker Beekwilder. The track was released by Lava/Republic records and has received good feedback from Maty’s fans. Säm performed at a number of shows with Maty on a tour she was doing with Noah Cyrus in the Summer of 2018.

 

When he turned 21, he bought himself a keyboard, and has been teaching himself piano since. Now 22, Säm enjoys performing his songs on stage while playing the keys. Being a high-energy performer, he’s also often caught jumping around the stage, showing off his signature flashy and erratic dance moves while singing powerful melodies. 

 Most of his time in 2019 has been spent in the studio and at home in LA behind his laptop and keyboard, working on his new project ‘HomeBound’. Säm wrote all songs on the project during a period where he wasn't able to go back home to the Netherlands amidst some visa turmoil, while also being busy building a new home for himself in Los Angeles. The title 'HomeBound' is a double entendre, where it both means to be on the way home, and unable to leave home. The ambivalence of his situation, of always either leaving or arriving, is what continues to inspire him to create.

Family, relationships, loss, gain, and the human experience are topics Säm enjoys writing about, as most of his songs are describing events, moments or relationships he has experienced on a first-hand basis. His project HomeBound talks about what it’s like, to leave what you know for what you want, and how the shape of what you want can change frequently. What it's like to belong, and not to belong, and what to do with that information. It touches on familiarity, purpose, self-awareness, and the vulnerability of all relationships. In Säm’s words: 'it's okay to be alone if it means staying true to yourself. It’s okay to be lonely if you’re working towards something. No new oceans can be discovered without losing sight of the shore.', meaning, nothing will change in life until you decide to be the change. A key part of his story is how important it is to write your own story. According to him, good music can only stem from honesty and individuality.


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