On The Record: DJ Sam Lamb
BY KALANI WILHELM / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Starting over in an unfamiliar city can be a tall task for any DJ. When the Navy brought Sam Lamb to Oahu in 2011, it marked the third time he had to start from the bottom to make a name for himself.
As was the case when he was stationed in Florida and Maryland, Lamb found himself in a situation where he essentially needed to get in where he fit in and let his abilities do the talking. In three years, Lamb has worked himself into the fabric of the island’s EDM culture quite nicely thanks to a willingness to adapt and prove his worth.
“I’ve been pretty content being a good local DJ where ever it was I was currently living,” he said. “It’s just about being patient and just waiting for your time to come and if you’re good enough it will happen.”
Lamb, one of the featured DJs at Saturday’s Livewire Beach Party at Vice Nightclub, prides himself in his broad knowledge of music and versatility, traits he developed from travels on the mainland and abroad.
“I guess I fit with the EDM DJs here,” he said. “I caught a break here when DJ EP (Eric Agustin) hooked me up with Pure Coalition (and) Livewire … I’ve been with them ever since.”
While his military responsibilities come first, his extended knowledge and understanding of the scene might lead you to believe differently.
“I think Sam Lamb has a lot of value because of his commitment to the music,” said Agustin.
Lamb has a habit of making the unconventional conventional and going a bit against the grain during his sets. He views the practice of relying on a popular song to create a magical signature moment as being a bit overrated. It’s easy to see why the groovy textures of tech house and disc house are more to his liking over the big room electro sound.
“I have a lot more fun playing house and seeing people actually dancing than just jumping up and down in the crowd,” he said. “People wanting to party and have a good time is (the) same everywhere you go.
LIVEWIRE BEACH PARTY
With special guests Kyau & Albert
» Where: Vice Nightclub, Ward Centre
“I do it for the love of the music first and foremost, but there is no better rush that making a huge crowd go bananas with the music you are playing.”
Contrary to opinions shared by pre-Serato purists, Lamb happens to be a big fan of technology when used in the proper context. Fancy software and equipment can only take a serious DJ so far before skill comes to the forefront.
“(Technology) doesn’t help with programming or reading a crowd,” he said. “Everyone should be able to use whatever they want, but learn how to use it well.”
With a Soundcloud account constantly being stockpiled with new material, Lamb has his sights firmly focused on flexing his chops as a producer.
“I’ll just keep doing my thing and eventually things will work out,” he said. “It’s important to grind.”
Kalani Wilhelm covers nightlife and music for the Pulse. Contact him via email or follow him on Twitter.