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Sampleking , born In Madrid (Spain), is a very well known Spanish DJ and producer; a tastemaker whose sets combine quality all kind of “House music” with the power to move dance floors. In the last few years, he’s wowed crowds in such far flung places as Puzzle in Valencia, Privilege in Ibiza, Pacha (Madrid – Ibiza – Torrevieja – Pineda), Piu in Sabadell (Bcn), and Kadoc in Algarve. He provided the most amazing sets of the season for many of those lucky enough to hear him.
If one person had to be singled out for success it would be none other than top-dj Sampleking. Whose mammoth four-hour sets of house and intoxicating tech – tribal sounds have dragged him into the realms of the popular DJ, and the tour into one of the clubbing success stories of the Spanish season. But modest as ever, Sampleking puts it down to a combination of factors:
“I wouldn’t accept that it’s all down to me,” understates Sampleking. “There are a lot of people involved in making that night good. I just do what I do.” Sampleking hails from all over Spain, yet there is something distinctly non-territorial in his work. Although loving the atmosphere in the big Saturday nightclubs (he’s an ex-resident at Pacha Madrid), Sampleking also refuses to pander to any punter wherever he’s spinning, especially at his residence. Think Sampleking, with equal treatment for all the masses.
âItâs rewarding for me to know that so many people are going off to underground music every weekend night across the country. Clubs like Puzzle and Space of Sound have the best sound systems and crowds in Spain, and the feeling you get from playing those nights is amazing". Tuning into electronic music from an early age, Sampleking used to buy Depeche Mode & Human League records when he was young, so he obviously loved electronic sounds without even realising it. But it was acid house that really turned Sampleking on. Tuning avidly in to local pirate in Madrid called Omega radio station gave Sampleking a taste for broadcasting House music, and it wasn’t long before his mates were luring him to the parties as dj “I was totally blown away by the whole experience: the light room, the strobes and the atmosphere. The whole thing just blew me away and inspired me to do my own sessions.”
Which is exactly what he did, putting on a series of dj residences & parties at well known clubs as Templo, Glam Slam, Die Mauar, Mogador, Pacha between 1990-1995. "The last one was just amazing. We had great dj’s playing, and it had just grown from these clubs to this huge thing – basically tours.
But it was in Madrid & Ibiza that Sampleking got his first true break. Having earned his Ibiza stripes – he’s been since 1996 and it was finally Sampleking’s chance to prove himself as an accomplished DJ. He was a party titled “The Ibiza Reunion” as guest dj at Privilege, as well as playing once at Pacha (Ibiza) & his above mentioned residence at Pacha (Madrid). It was then he was spotted by Fernandisco (40 Principales), who recognised his talent and ambition to succeed. Signing him up to World Dance Music (broadcasted all around Spain), he began once again to make radio & turned to be a "House Music "institution. At only his first season at the radio he had to follow Fernandisco at their WDM’s parties with thousand of people at Tenerife, Las Palmas, Sevilla..and many more. Not an easy feat, but one which Sampleking started to play his music for these people was admirably. The rest, as he says, is history…
It’s not all about DJing through. Sampleking’s accomplished production, under the nicknames of Speed Tracks, Deep Tracks and, naturally, Sampleking, are currently causing mayhem amongst the likes of the Spanish Djâs. ’Didn’t i know’, his latest single, included on Primera Linea Summer Festival (PMG ?? Spain), is a self-assured cut of heavy dancefloor pressure, which, as with all the best things, has simplicity as its key. Watch it drop on any dancefloor in Spain and you realise that Sampleking, in his production as much as his DJing, understands how to work a crowd. ’’’Didn’t i know’ is set for a future new re-release, and if you’ve been near any of the coolest dance floors on Spain, you’ll have realised just how special the track is. Who’d have thought proper house music would once again reach such heights? But then, as most of you know, Sampleking is something very special.
“First and foremost I am a DJ,” explains Sampleking. “I am not making records for a career or the money, it’s just that I want to make my own version of sounds that would go down well in a club. When I make music I sit there and close my eyes and imagine being on a dancefloor, with the lights and the sound system. It’s hard to get right all the time, but I’m going to keep banging away at it until I do”.
Samplekingâs spun at every club in Spain, and every decent club, and has stunned all detractors of the House music sound. He was described in Dance World magazine "we’re here to defend ourselves…there’s a lot of “assimilated” people ready to attack us"…
Sampleking: the pioneer of Spanish house music that have 2 gold awards discs and also 3 platinums ,who loves a bit of hard work. If you were waiting for a change of musical tack, then follow Sampleking’s lead. Don’t be left behind…