Ben Samples is Hungry for Construction | Artist Article & Event Photography
“Samples, huh? That’s an original name for a DJ…”
I have have heard people say this about the name “Samples” for a DJ/producer.his destiny. That usually shuts them right up.
Incision Magazine sat down for a chat with this Denver-based glitch-hop/dubstep/crunk artist backstage at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins, Colorado on September 29, 2012 before his set opening the night for none other than Guitar Hero superstar Buckethead. We discussed everything from his personal background to his latest accomplishments – and what we can expect from him in the future.
“Crunk-a-licious Ben Samples came out the womb blessed with his ultrapimp name.”
You may just now be hearing about Mr. Samples, but don’t be fooled into thinking he is a n00b by his innocent-looking long eyelashes, baby blue eyes, and his cute boyish looks. This 25-year-old has been on the circuit for quite some time now. In the words of Anchorman Ron Burgundy, Samples is “kind of a big deal”. His music a hipster bass-music lover’s dream come true. As an extra bonus, with such an impressive resume under his belt, Samples is a surprisingly humble and polite individual. [dropcap]S[/dropcap]o far, he has performed on the larger stages at festivals Burning Man, Sonic Bloom, Shambhala, Glade Festival (in the United Kingdom), and last year he played the NYE Snow Globe 3-day festival alongside headliners Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, Thievery Corporation, and Pretty Lights.
“…a hipster bass-music lover’s dream come true…”
He completed a 20-date national tour with Buckethead in October, who was listed by GuitarWorld Magazine as both one of the “Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time” and also one of the “50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time”. Buckethead was also featured throughout the Guitar Hero II video game (released in 2006). Buckethead has seemingly developed an affinity for bass music, not only because he handpicked Samples to be his opener on his national tour, but also because about half-way into his performance he dropped some Excision while rocking the eff out on stage to it!Fresh2DeathMusic.com. The genres that Fresh2Deathutilizes include glitch-hop, psyphop, and crunk-hop, while occasionally throwing in some downtempo, electro, and dubstep.
“He takes genres and weaves them together perfectly, creating his own unique shade-of-grey musical sound that fans just can’t get enough of.”
Samples dropped an album titled Appetite for Construction on a limited hard-copy basis back in August 21st, 2012. It was exclusively released on a USB-drive through Grassroots California (a.k.a. GRC), but is slated for a worldwide digital release through MalLabel Music with Grassroots California (this is their very first digital release EVER!) exclusively on Beatport, on December 4th, 2012. According to Samples, most of the tracks on this new album were “written to be anthems for the main dance-floor”, and they are more along the lines of dubstep and electro-house than his usual glitch-hop feel he has displayed in the past. In addition, he partnered up with GRC for two custom hats for purchase. GRC describes itself as “a progressive clothing line that makes quality merchandise at affordable prices and donates a percentage of its proceeds on every purchase” on their official Grassroots California website.
“He has found good fortune in serenading bassheads with his tunage…”
From the Samples hat/album collection, the donation from each purchase will be awarded to the Colorado Wildfire Fund to assist the victims of the devastating wildfires all across our homestate this past summer of 2012. Both a snapback style and fitted style are available, and both are limited to 420 hats per style. Pick one up for yourself while they are still available for purchase – they will no doubt sell out once Appetite for Construction is released digitally worldwide. You will own the latest steezy from Samples while also contributing to a good cause! It’s an all-around winning situation. The links for both the purchase of either style of hat, or just the album on the USB-drive alone, can be found below. In the meantime, peep the teaser releases from the new album below until the official release this Tuesday. Remember kids, t’is the season for love, joy, and gift exchange, and the gift of music or music memorabilia lasts longer and will more than likely be far more appreciated than the average ugly sweater or chocolates. [box_light]
For more Information, Free Downloads, and Merchandise Purchases:
(Released 12/04/12 / December 4th, 2012)
Appetite for Construction Album Preview
Blackk Sheep *FREE DOWNLOAD*
SEX, DRUGS, & BASS (Rock N’ Roll Songs *Crizzunked Samples Style*)
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