Heading west from his hometown of NY, Sam Spiegel (aka Squeak E. Clean) began DJ’ing clubs and events around Los Angeles. His signature party, Suds, is an annual gathering he hosts at unconventional venues (previous locations include a Laundromat and a car wash). Sam has spun at award shows, clubs, premieres, parties, and fashion shows in countries such as Japan, Brazil, Morocco, Canada, Australia and England.
In addition, Spiegel scored and compiled the soundtrack for Spike Jonze’s cult classic Yeah Right! (the top-selling skate movie of all-time), as well as the skateboarding classic Hot Chocolate. His film composing credits also include Warren Miller’s City, Park City, the Korean anime Sky Blue and the HBO documentary Pretty Things; and his original music has been featured in Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It, The Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down and Human Nature. Sam recently completed the score for Electronic Arts’ “EA Skate 2,” and worked with legendary composer Harold Faltermeyer on Warner Brothers Pictures COP OUT.
Sam is also well known in the advertising world, having scored spots for brands such as Nike, Adidas, Levi’s, ESPN, Virgin Mobile, eBay, Toyota, Jose Cuervo, Saturn, Wendy’s, and Honda while working with directors like Mark Romanek, Michel Gondry, Tarsem Singh, Lance Acord, the Malloy Brothers and
Spike Jonze. In particular, the song “Hello Tomorrow” (written and produced by Squeak E. Clean and featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and featured in an Adidas commercial directed by Jonze, won the Gold Lion for Best Music at the 2005 Cannes International Advertising Festival and Silver for Original Music at the 2006 Clio Awards. Sam recently scored the wildly popular Ford Flex campaign featuring Santigold and in 2010 won a Gold Lion at Cannes for the original score of the short film I’m Here.
While Spiegel has produced and remixed tracks for Maroon 5, Iggy Pop,
Kylie Minogue, The Eels, Ben Lee, The Cardigans, Spankrock and more, 2006 saw the release of the first major label album fully produced by Squeak E. Clean. Show Your Bones, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sophomore record, was named “Album of the Year” by the likes of Rolling Stone, NME, and Spin, and was nominated for a Grammy for best alternative album. In 2009 Sam turned his focus to completing his longtime N.A.S.A. project (North America/South America). The album, released February 2009 by Anti- Records, is a Brazilian-inspired hip hop collaboration with longtime collaborator DJ Zegon featuring the likes of Kanye West, KRS-One, Karen O, Del the Funkee Homosapien, David Byrne, Fatlip, Tom Waits, RZA, Rakim, Chali 2na, M.I.A., Spank Rock, De La Soul, Method Man, and the last recorded track from the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, to name a few.
Sam’s latest musical endeavor had him take on the title of Music Director on another project – Stop The Virgens again with Karen O.
When not in his studio, Sam can be found either at the nearest sushi joint, basketball court or surfing Malibu.