The Los Angeles-based producer Champagne Drip, also know as Sam Pool, has a unique philosophy for the way he creates music that stems off of the fact that “innovation springs from inspiration.” Champagne Drip has an interesting melodic bass-induced sound, which is constantly changing and growing just as he does as an artist. Champagne Drip has just released a sweet new remix for Dawn Richard’s “Tyrants” and his newest EP Of Course I Still Love You went live just over two months ago. This producer doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon and Champagne Drip is currently on tour in the U.S., with plans to continue growing his empire globally.
I recently got the opportunity to ask Champagne Drip a few questions; check out the interview and our exclusive premiere of his remix for Dawn Richard’s “Tyrants” below, which is out now for free download.
When, and why did you decide to start producing?
I started producing around 2000/2001. I was listening to tons of different music and playing drums with friends. I became obsessed with music. Through my discoveries I fell in love with the electronic side of things especially and my curiosity got the best of me. I did everything I could to try and figure out how electronic music was made. Eventually I stumbled across some basic music software for the computer and never looked back.
Champagne Drip has a very unique sound, how would you describe it?
It’s hard for me to describe Champagne Drip in terms of how it sounds since it’s constantly changing and I’m always trying new things, plus my perspective is totally clouded because I’m inside of the damn thing. It’s the result of everything I’ve learned as a producer over the years, put together in this beats/instrumental-hip-hop package as an outlet to express myself in the studio and on stage.
What are your thoughts on the release your latest EP, Of Course I Still Love You?
I’m really proud of it. I discovered a lot of new sounds and really captured some powerful vibes in the making of that record. I still really feel all of the tracks which is great because I’m my own worst critic and only a few records have really withstood the test of time. I have a feeling I might still think this one is cool in ten years. It’s one of my favorite records I’ve ever produced.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on my next EPs. I’m spending a lot of time trying new things and exploring in the studio. Hoping to have some formal announcements about where everything is going to end up in the next month or so.
With two EP releases and a few singles in the last six months how do you balance all your projects?
I write and write and write. Then I find a home for things that I’m happy with and put together EPs or singles that make sense. I figure out what goes where and finish tracks as needed. It’s a constant juggling act. I spend most of my time last year mixing my last few records and now I’m in a phase where I am producing a lot of new ideas. I’m always looking to find the optimal way to do this in a way that satisfies me as an artist and adheres to my commitments the best I can.
Any hot new remixes in the works?
I’m working on a few things I can’t announce yet because I don’t know what’s going to happen until I either find the time or I finish what I’m working on. I’m doing a remix for Mayhem, 12th Planet and Nas Tokio’s track “Unheaven”. I’m also working on a remix of a track I did as SPL with 12th Planet titled “Lootin’ 92”, not sure when and how this is coming out but I’m sure it will find a way. I’ve also finished some stuff that will be out soon.
What are the plans for the future?
LOTS more production, and more tours. I’m working closely with Zeds Dead’s label “Deadbeats” on some things and playing their party during music week in Miami and then hitting the road with Minnesota next month. I’m excited about the future and adapting and changing as things develop.
Check out Dawn Richard – “Tryants” (Champagne Drip Remix) below and head to SoundCloud for the free download.
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