Sam Dew may be a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, but he simply considers himself a vessel.
As it does in the case of idols such as Thom Yorke and Trent Reznor, the music eclipses the Chicago native’s persona. As a songwriter, his subtle artistic touch can be felt throughout the worlds of pop, electronic, hip-hop, and R&B. He co-wrote Taylor Swift & ZAYN’s triple-platinum Fifty Shades Darker single “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker),” Wale’s “LoveHateThing,” and Skrillex’s “Stranger” in addition to songs for the likes of Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, and many others. Working with everyone from DJ Dahi [Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar] to Jack Antonoff [Lorde, BANKS], he architected an expansive palette comprised of not only live instrumentation, but revamped samples of off-kilter sounds such as the signal in Contact, Tom Cruise’s Minority Reportpolice cruiser, and even Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer.” As a result, he exorcised a style of his own that might be described as Atticus Ross producing Curtis Mayfield, but that doesn’t even do it justice…
“I just call it soul pop,” he explains. “To me, that’s what it is pretty definitively. It’s pop music rooted in soul.”