T.H.E Interview – Flatfoot Sam

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Flatfoot Sam has been dabbling in the intricacies of music production ever since taking an interest in the industry from 18 years old.

Flatfoot Sam took masses of inspiration from aspiring DJs who saturated the dance music scene back in the day. He then went on to buy his own set of decks in 1995, starting from humble beginnings with some second-hand Soundlab belt drives that he used to curate his own sound.

Throughout his career in the ‘90s and 2000s, his image began to develop further and his sounds reached all corners of the country at a menage of raves, parties, and festivals. His admiration for dance music has trumped every other genre that the scene has to offer, Flatfoot Sam has always been beguiled by the beauty and emotion conveyed through the art of electronic dance music.

Fasting forward to the beginning of the first lockdown in 2020, shackled by the boredom and mundanity of being locked inside, Flatfoot Sam managed to harness his creative capabilities to utilize his plentiful time with 3 main tools, Ableton Live, Guinness, and some song writing… Thus, the creation of TripField was born, a fusion of Leftfield and Triphop that incorporates speaker-splitting beats paired with the juxtaposing serenity of and underlying calmness of nature.

The main features of TripField contains uplifting beats and stubby basslines within the 80-110bpm range, where you have to listen to it to comprehend the genre-bending capabilities that distinguish it as a unique genre of its own.

With the inclusion of subtle acid lines and emotional vocals and samples which are reminiscent of the early raving days including Leftfield and Massive Attack, also harnessing elements of the iconic group ‘The Prodigy’. Have a listen and see what you think!

T.H.E – Hey Flatfoot Sam, great to have you back. What have you been up to?

Flatfoot Sam – Hey cool, great to see you guys again. I’ve been busy getting the singles out there in the lead-up to the album around Xmas time. R3lease is the final single of the three and it’s out 01/09. I love it, it’s a banger.

T.H.E – How did you come about creating Tripfield as a genre?

Flatfoot Sam – Well, as daft as it sounds, it invented itself really. I wrote “I Never Left” last August and was really into it. I wanted to write something downtempo but with some attitude, but for no particular reason, just to write something different. I was pleased with the way it came out, to the point of wanting to do something with it, to get it out there and so tried sending it to record companies. When I was asked to pigeonhole it, I couldn’t. It didn’t seem to fit into one and so I made one up.

T.H.E – Are there any influences you have taken from other genres of music that make up ‘Tripfield’?

Flatfoot Sam – Definitely, Leftfield and Trip Hop being the most obvious but there are old skool rave elements in there, house. Bands like The Prodigy and Kosheen can be felt in there too.

T.H.E – How would you describe the vibe of ‘Tripfield’?

Flatfoot Sam – TripField is a fusion somewhere between Leftfield and Trip Hop. I guess it brings those genres into the 2020s. Whether the tunes are uplifting or darker, there is an edge to them that makes sure they are not “commercial”. Generally, there are smooth and warm sub-bases and breakbeats and multi-layers sonics so that you can listen to a number of times and keep hearing new stuff. It is meant to evoke emotional feelings, The tracks are generally sub 100 bpms and whether they are light or darker and normally slightly melancholy. There is often a rave-influenced section of the track. There is generally an ethereal nature to the tracks but put up against harder clubbier sounds to clash but compliment. You can generally find a nice acid 303 lines in there somewhere too.

T.H.E – What sort of people/listeners do you think the genre will attract?

Flatfoot Sam – I think people that are into their underground music will be an obvious target, especially those from back in the day. I also think these tracks can be listened to in daylight in an easy listening forum too. Certainly, stuff like Ven a Bailer I played to my dentist who said she was into it and she’s pretty old (“,)
-How would you describe Tripfield to someone who has never heard it before? Complex, emotional and spiritual.

T.H.E – What are your opinions on the current dance music scene?

Flatfoot Sam – It’s easy to think that the era you grew up in was the best for music. This is probably why parents generally can’t get into their kids’ music. I see EDM and I see massive crowds and I see people having it, so that has to be cool. I grew up in dingy underground clubs where you’d get mashed and party all night with 500 other nutters and occasionally go to a bigger rave a few times a year. It seemed rawer and a deeper connection to the vibe without selfies and phones held up, but as long as people are loving the vibe out there, and buying the music, then the big wheel keeps turning and that’s good with me.

T.H.E – What elements of the Tripfield genre sets it apart from the rest?

Flatfoot Sam – I do really feel there is something quite deep to the vibe of the tracks. It gets me emotionally but also on a similar emotional level which is harder to explain, easier to feel. There is a freshness to the sound which you don’t always get if you listen to One World Radio, for instance.

T.H.E – Finally, where can we go to listen to your newly established genre?

Flatfoot Sam – Well, that is a good question. Currently, as the clubs creak back into life, I guess it’s not being played out there much currently. I imagine it is second or third room music and the preserve of chill-out rooms and tents. I’m imagining people having it for a few hours on the main stage of a festival and then stumbling across this at the chill our or alternative stage and grooving slowly and deeply to it whilst still buzzing and then searching for it the next day to find out what the hell hit them up.

I’m going to be searching out festival bookings next year to gauge some reaction.

Cheers guys!

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