VIA SELF-TITLED MAGAZINE
SPIEGEL’S FIRST FULL-LENGTH ALBUM IN 10 YEARS RANDOM SHIT FROM THE INTERNET ERA OUT JUNE 26 VIA SPECTROPHONIC SOUND
SPIEGEL CHANGING STAGE NAME TO SAM I AHEAD OF ALBUM RELEASE
In anticipation of Grammy-nominated DJ, music producer, composer and music/film director Sam Spiegel’s upcoming album Random Shit from the Internet Era (due June 26 via Spectrophonic Sound), Self-Titled Magazine is premiering Random Shit: A Mixtape. Listen to the mixtape and view the complete track list with Spiegel’s commentary at http://www.self-titledmag.com/sam-spiegel-random-shit-mixtape/; share it via Soundcloud at https://bit.ly/2YaMfUE.
With the release of Random Shit from the Internet Era, Spiegel is also officially changing his stage name to Sam I. Spiegel explains, “With Random Shit from the Internet Era, I’ll be releasing my first album as a solo artist. Like so many things in our world, I’ve gone through a huge transition these past few years, and I feel like I’m embarking on a new life…I’m clearing my slate with Random Shit… It is a new beginning for me. My music coming out going forward is not reiterations of old songs modernized, but where I stand now and into the future. It is day one for me in my new life as a grown-ass human and artist, and so I’ll be releasing everything from here on out under my new name, Sam I, both on the audio and the visual side. I hope you all come along on this new adventure with me.” See below for a message from Spiegel to his fans.
The highly anticipated follow-up to Spiegel’s landmark collaborative project N.A.S.A.’s critically acclaimed 2009 release The Spirit of Apollo, Random Shit from the Internet Era features a number of singles recently released by Spiegel—“Used to be my Homie” featuring Freddie Gibbs & BJ The Chicago Kid; “20 Below” featuring Anderson .Paak and Doja Cat; “To Whom It May Concern” featuring CeeLo Green, Theophilus London and Alex Ebert; “One Last Time” featuring Goldilox and co-produced by AlunaGeorge’s George Reid; “Wishin’” featuring Bipolar Sunshine; “Crew” featuring Elliphant and Agent Sasco (aka Assassin); “Champagne” featuring Aynzli Jones and “Perfect” with Tropkillaz featuring Bia and MC Pikachu—as well as never-before-heard tracks featuring special guests RZA, Vic Mensa, Sia, Busta Rhymes, Barbie Hatch and more.
“I usually love to work conceptually,” notes Spiegel. “Call me old school, but I love making albums that have a theme or concept that carries you through the record. For instance, on N.A.S.A.’s The Spirit of Apollo the theme was space and unity; creating together without geographical, religious, genre or ideological borders. Random Shit from the Internet Era was a different process for me. This is an album comprised of songs which have been created in bits and pieces over many years, some literally over the last 15 years! I had these great songs floating around my brain, and I felt it was time to release them to the world, regardless of whether they fit into a cohesive conceptual album. For that reason, the album is comprised of lots of different feels and genres, disparate frames of mind from my journey through life.”
Spiegel’s N.A.S.A. project (with Brazilian DJ Zegon) debuted in 2009 with The Spirit of Apollo featuring appearances by Kanye West, M.I.A., Tom Waits, RZA, David Byrne, ODB and many others. He has gone on to establish himself as a critically acclaimed music and film director, serving as music director for Kanye West’s “Glow in the Dark” tour and Karen O’s “Stop the Virgens” theatrical project, the latter of which Spiegel co-wrote with Karen and produced.
In 2005 Spiegel founded his award-winning commercial music house, Squeak E. Clean Studios, through which he has scored commercial campaigns for Nike, Adidas, Cadillac, Honda, Sonos and many more. Other highlights among Spiegel’s film credits include the scores to Spike Jonze’s Yeah Right!, the top-selling skate movie of all-time; HBO’s Pretty Things; and Drew Barrymore’s Whip It.
In 2015 Spiegel turned his attention to film direction with the video for the final track to be released by N.A.S.A., “Jihad Love Squad” feat. KRS-One. Spiegel recently directed the web series “Wu Tang In Space Eating Impossible Sliders,” starring Wu Tang Clan members RZA, GZA and Ghostface Killah. Watch the entire series at http://impossiblefoods.com/whitecastle/#episodes.
|A NOTE FROM SAM SPIEGEL, AKA SAM I|
With Random Shit from the Internet Era, I’ll be releasing my first album as a solo artist. Like so many things in our world, I’ve gone through a huge transition these past few years, and I feel like I’m embarking on a new life…a new version of myself. I’ve always created music behind a pseudonym. It was fun to be N.A.S.A. because I love space so much. I could explore my passion for the foreign, the mysterious, the unknown, the unity of humanity, all of the things that space signifies to me. With Maximum Hedrum, the only rule in the studio with Derrick and I was to have fun so I expressed my goofy side. I wrote just to make Derrick and myself laugh, I explored my perversions, got psychedelic. But at a certain point I started to feel limited by these projects—like I wasn’t able to express all of the feelings, thoughts, and ideas I have within their concepts—so I started releasing music as myself, Sam Spiegel.
With N.A.S.A.’s “Jihad Love Squad” I started to learn how to work with moving picture and discovered my love for directing, which I continued developing as I embarked on a transitional period. I needed to clear my musical slate and release everything that I’ve had stored up for years; music that I’ve been wanting to release but has never fit within my other projects. It’s been a few years of putting out these random songs, some of which have ended up on Random Shit…
I’m clearing my slate with Random Shit… It is a new beginning for me. My music coming out going forward is not reiterations of old songs modernized, but where I stand now and into the future. It is day one for me in my new life as a grown-ass human and artist, and so I’ll be releasing everything from here on out under my new name, Sam I, both on the audio and the visual side. I hope you all come along on this new adventure with me.
Lots of love and thanks for listening,
SAM SPIEGEL, RANDOM SHIT FROM THE INTERNET ERA
1. Going Home (featuring Kat Dahlia)
2. Perfect (with Tropkillaz, featuring Bia & MC Pikachu)
3. Crew (featuring Elliphant & Agent Sasco [aka Assassin])
4. Used to be my Homie (featuring Freddie Gibbs & BJ The Chicago Kid)
5. Don’t Give Up (featuring Busta Rhymes & Sia)
6. Wishin’ (featuring Bipolar Sunshine)
7. To Whom it May Concern (featuring CeeLo Green, Theophilus London & Alex Ebert)
8. 20 Below (featuring Anderson .Paak & Doja Cat)
9. Champagne (featuring Aynzli Jonze)
10. Ride (featuring RZA & Barbie Hatch)
11. One Last Time (featuring Goldilox)