Sam Spiegel is a director, music producer, composer and DJ. He recently directed two highly praised branded films—“Instrument” and “Mirror,” for Pereira O’Dell—which kicked off National Geographic’s 10 Days of Genius, a short film festival for “Genius,” the brand’s first scripted anthology series about the life of Albert Einstein. It was Editor’s Pick on Creativity and Ad of the Day on Adweek, which described it as “… poetic and playful … while steering light years away from a predictable ‘watch-the-show’ pitch.” He also directed “Jihad Love Squad (feat. KRS-One),”a provocative video which re-contextualizes the word jihad.
An incredibly versatile and sought after talent, Sam is the founder/musician of top industry music company Squeak E. Clean which has taken the commercial world by storm. He has scored highly praised spots for Nike, Cadillac and Honda, as well as “Hello Tomorrow” for Adidas, which won a Cannes Gold Lion for Best Music and a Silver CLIO for Original Music. Sam has also scored many films such as Spike Jonze’s cult skateboarding classic Yeah Right!, Jackass 3D, HBO Documentary Pretty Things and Drew Barrymore’s Whip It. He is currently focused on his artist project, working on new music to follow up from last year’s release “Mutant Brain” which was released with Interscope Records, charted at #2 on the Spotify Global Viral Charts and was featured in the award-winning Spike Jonze directed Kenzo World short film.
Sam produced the 2009 release of N.A.S.A. (North America South America) LP “The Spirit of Apollo,” created with long time Brazilian music partner DJ Zegon. In addition, Sam co-directed the accompanying film that gives viewers an intimate, behind the scenes look at the globetrotting musical adventures encountered during making the record. The musical project focuses on ignoring boundaries and bringing people together from completely different worlds in order to create unique and unexpected art. “The Spirit of Apollo” features Kanye West, George Clinton, M.I.A., Tom Waits, RZA and David Byrne, while the corresponding music videos feature animated collaborations by visual artists including Shepard Fairey, Sage Vaughn, Marcel Dzama and The Date Farmers. Sam also produced the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s sophomore record, “Show Your Bones,” named “Album of the Year” by Rolling Stone, NME and Spin, and nominated for a Grammy for best alternative album. And he’s worked extensively as a musical director on projects such as Kanye West’s “Glow In the Dark Tour,” Karen O’s “Stop The Virgins” and Target’s “Kaleidoscopic Fashion Spectacular” 2010 NYC event.