Dutch DJ and producer Sam Feldt’s music is so uplifting and positive, he’s definitely the one you want to spin at your pool party and break though those clouds with some sonic sunlight.
But his addictive remix of the Robin S landmark “Show Me Love” and last year’s Jeremy Renner (!) collaboration “Heaven (Don’t Have a Name)” are only the start of the good vibes. Feldt stays busy beyond the studio and the booth, pioneering social platforms to connect to his fans and lead the fight to clean up the planet.
Are you excited to get back to Vegas to help launch dayclub season?
One hundred percent. Every time I get back to Vegas, the vibe is insane. I’m looking forward to it, and the nightclub as well as over the summer this year.
Your sound is so summery and energetic, the perfect fit for pool parties.
I guess that’s true. I’ve had my own pool parties that have sold out in Miami two years in a row, and my style of DJing fits the vibe very well. I like to spread those feelings. I’m talking to the guys at Tao Group about possibly doing the Heartfeldt party in Vegas—not this season, but who knows, maybe [in] 2020.
You perform with live musicians quite a bit. Have you experimented with that in Las Vegas?
I’ve done it once or twice at the pool parties, and it was pretty cool. But to be honest, we really need a bigger stage to do the full experience, like we do in Miami.
It’s been a few years since you created Fangage, a platform for fan relationship management. How’s it coming along?
Very well. It’s helped 35 top DJs get close to their fans and have a platform to engage directly. There are 200,00 fans, and now we’re launching the first round of funding to take it to the next level. Hopefully we’ll get to 3.3 million fans by 2022. It came from getting frustrated having to pay to reach my own fans on Facebook and Instagram. I had over 1 million fans on all these social media outlets, and they started to charge me to reach these people even though they signed up to get more [interaction] from me. So I decided to come up with a system to take control and engage with my database, a better and easier and more direct way to get in touch.
You’ve aligned yourself with several green initiatives and sustainability efforts. Why is it important for people who have an audience like yours to prioritize these things?
Over the past year I’ve been looking at my own profile and what I can do personally to change a few things. I became an ambassador for the GreenSeat CO2 carbon offset program and the Plastic Promise initiative from Green Events Netherlands. This next year we’ll be rolling out plans to enlist other ambassadors through the Heartfeldt Foundation with the goal to grow to 100 influencers. The thought is to use your influence and reach for a better world.
I see a lot of people showing they care about doing something, and that’s great, but I don’t feel like there’s a platform yet that really brings it all together and allows all these artists and influencers to coordinate their actions and make sure they’re really getting the most out of what they’re doing. That’s what the Heartfeldt Foundation is going to be, where multiple ambassadors in every field of entertainment can apply themselves through what we will provide, the tools and information they need to really make an impact. That’s the game plan.
SAM FELDT March 17, 11 a.m., $20-$30, Marquee Dayclub; March 18, 10:30 p.m., $20-$30, Marquee Nightclub. Cosmopolitan, 702-333-9000.