Sampology is a Producer, DJ, radio host for Worldwide FM and vinyl enthusiast since his teens, based in Meanjin/Brisbane, Australia.
Growing up in an artistic family, (his Mum is a visual artist, his Dad and Aunty are orchestral players for Queensland Symphony Orchestra, it’s little surprise that Sam pursued music as a vocation from a young age. As a boy, he spent his weekends singing in the choir at St John’s Cathedral and by his mid-teens he had discovered vinyl and a love for sample heavy music - early Native Tongues, The Avalanches, disco and soul. Sampling dance music made a huge impression on Sampology - indeed, his performer name is a nod to this early influence of sampling.
Sampology’s start in Brisbane venues began at 17, evolving to interstate & eventually overseas travel to DJ & perform in Europe & UK, America & Asia. This has been a valued part of his growth, connecting him to different communities abroad from Australia.
Over the past six years, he has organically progressed to producer - of his own stunning EP releases Natural Selections (2016) and Mt Glorious (2018) as well as producing for other artists. (He produced Tiana Khasi’s Meghalaya EP and First Beige’s Mirrors EP)
His position in the Brisbane music community led to Gilles Peterson inviting him to join the Worldwide FM family in 2019. He has hosted a monthly show on the global station in the two years since.
Later in 2021, Sampology will release the Regrowth LP - an album that his last two EPs have built towards. Despite his love for sampling - with the exception of the Mariana Ingold sample on the opening song on Regrowth (Peace Lily) - all of the samples you hear on the album are recorded from scratch either in his home studio or on his travels over the past four years.
Regrowth has string quartets, woodwind, full 20-piece choirs, vibraphones, double bass, various pianos and synths. Collaborators on the album include Allysha Joy, Seven Davis Jr, James Chatburn, Silent Jay and a wide array of instrumentalists around Brisbane and overseas such as Sam Maguire, Beau Diakowicz, his Dad and his Aunty.
There’s an obsession in today’s music and media landscape to box artists into a specific genre or set of genres. This is difficult to do with Sampology and especially with Regrowth. As an artist, Sampology’s influences are broad and varied - from his local music scene which is abundant in jazz alumni bending the rules with club producers to readings from philosophers and environmentalists.
The majority of Regrowth was written and recorded during the Australian bushfires in the summer of 2019, and the album’s title came from reflecting on the environment during this time. On his forthcoming album, Sampology said:
“I hope this album gives something very pleasurable for people to immerse themselves in for 40 minutes and take in the ‘Regrowth’ spirit on whatever personal level resonates with them - be that emotional or environmental, globally or locally. Although the title was inspired by my reflection on the 2019 bushfires, fast forward to 2021 and Regrowth also relates to whatever this post Covid world will be.”