“[Sam Spiegel is] so versatile in artistic craft and talent that every project reaches across mediums and performs exemplary in its given realm.”—Flaunt
“Wishin’,” the new single from Grammy-nominated DJ, music producer, composer and music/film director Sam Spiegel featuring rising British vocalist Bipolar Sunshine, is premiering now via FLOOD Magazine alongside a video, directed by Spiegel and Aya Tanimura (Katy Perry), which features appearances from Nick Kroll, Johnny Knoxville and Bipolar Sunshine as they and other Angelinos share their wishes, hopes and dreams. Watch the video at http://floodmagazine.com/65185/premiere-sam-spiegel-shows-l-a-big-love-with-wishin-video/ and share it via YouTube at https://youtu.be/3SLLRyD4pBI.
“Wishin’ is a song that I wrote with Bipolar Sunshine a couple of years ago. I loved the feeling when we wrote on, and the song’s emotionality despite being a Baile Funk banger,” explains Spiegel. “When it came time to make a video I teamed up with Aya Tanimura and we decided to drive around Los Angeles—a city that we both love—and collect wishes from people all over the city, filming them on our Super8 cameras. The resulting video ended up feeling like a love letter to our city through the wishes and dreams of its inhabitants.”
Bipolar Sunshine adds, “When all is lost, you lose focus on the things that mean the most to you. I just had to realize what I needed.”
In celebration of the new single/video, Spiegel is hosting a gallery exhibit at Contact Photo Lab (618 Moulton Ave) in Los Angeles on August 2 at 7:00 p.m. The show will feature prints from the video—which will be for sale—as well as a DJ set from Spiegel and screenings of the video.
Spiegel is also heading up a social media challenge in conjunction with the video, asking people to write down their wishes and take photos with them, similar to the video, and share them with the hashtag #wishinchallenge. Select fans will have their wishes granted by Spiegel.
In addition to the new single/video, Spiegel’s award-winning commercial music house, Squeak E. Clean, is merging with Australian music and sound powerhouse Nylon Studios to form Squeak E. Clean Studios. Since Spiegel founded the company in 2005, Squeak E. Clean has scored commercial campaigns for Nike, Adidas, Cadillac, Honda, Sonos and many more.
Spiegel also recently directed the web series “Wu Tang In Space Eating Invisible Sliders.” Nominated for awards at both the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and Best Direction at the 2019 Brand Film Festival and shot in the style of ’60s and ’70s science fiction television shows such as “Star Trek,” the series stars Wu Tang Clan members RZA (having uploaded his consciousness into the computer RZA 9000), GZA and Ghostface Killah aboard their spaceship, the Wu-F-O, orbiting Earth while answering questions left by fans and eating White Castle’s new all-vegetarian Impossible Slider. Watch/share the entire series at http://impossiblefoods.com/whitecastle/#episodes.
Spiegel’s recent singles mark his return from an extended musical hiatus during which he focused on his film work. His first new track in two years, “20 Below” featuring Anderson .Paak and Doja Cat, premiered earlier this year, hailed by Complex as “a chilled-out, soulful track with crisp percussion and warm synths that naturally incorporates smooth vocal performances from both Anderson .Paak and Doja Cat.” Listen to the track at https://bit.ly/2J6XsP6. Other recent tracks from Spiegel include “To Whom It May Concern” featuring Ceelo Green, Theophilus London and Alex Ebert (listen/share at http://cos.lv/crG530l6k77), “One Last Time” featuring Goldilox and co-produced by AlunaGeorge’s George Reid (listen/share at https://bit.ly/2PR3HXb), “Obsession” featuring SoKo (listen/share at https://bit.ly/2P5XXbg), “Champagne” feat. Aynzli Jones (listen/share at https://bit.ly/2QWpn8k), and “Perfect” feat. Bia & MC Pikachu (listen/share at https://soundcloud.com/samspiegeluniverse/perfect-feat-bia-mc-pikachu).
“Perfect,” “Champagne,” “Obsession,” “One Last Time,” “To Whom It May Concern” and “20 Below” are Spiegel’s first releases since his 2016 single “Mutant Brain” featuring Assassin (available via Interscope Records), which was featured as the soundtrack to the Spike Jonze-directed “Kenzo World” short film (hailed as “the greatest fragrance ad of all time” by Fast Company). The track reached #2 on the Spotify Global Viral 50 playlist and won the AICP “Best Music” award as well as two Gold Lions at the Cannes Lions Film Festival. Listen and watch the short film at https://youtu.be/ABz2m0olmPg.
Since Spiegel’s landmark collaborative project N.A.S.A. (with Brazilian DJ Zegon) debuted in 2009 with the album album The Spirit of Apollo featuring appearances by Kanye West, Childish Gambino, M.I.A., Tom Waits, RZA, David Byrne and many others. He has gone on to establish himself as a critically acclaimed music and film director, serving as music director for Kanye West’s “Glow in the Dark” tour and Karen O’s Stop the Virgens theatrical project, the latter of which Spiegel co-wrote and produced with Karen.
In 2015 Spiegel turned his attention to film direction with the video for the final track to be released by N.A.S.A., “Jihad Love Squad” feat. KRS-One. He went on to direct a pair of short films for National Geographic and CNN’s first-ever live commercial, which aired at 11:35 p.m. ET on New Year’s Eve 2017 during CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live” and received nearly 3.3 million live viewers.
Other highlights among Spiegel’s film credits are the scores to Spike Jonze’s Yeah Right!, the top-selling skate movie of all-time; HBO’s Pretty Things; Drew Barrymore’s Whip It and more. Spiegel’s track “Hello Tomorrow” won the Gold Lion for Best Music at the 2005 Cannes International Advertising Festival and Silver for Original Music at the 2006 Clio Awards upon being featured in an Adidas commercial directed by Jonze.