Sam Spiegel is a music producer, composer, music director, flim director and DJ.
In 2006 Sam produced the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s sophomore record, Show Your Bones, which was named "Album of the Year" by the likes of Rolling Stone, NME, and Spin, and was nominated for a Grammy for best alternative album.
2009 saw the release of N.A.S.A.'s (North America South America) landmark debut LP, The Spirit of Apollo. Created with long time Brazilian music partner DJ Zegon, the album features jaw-dropping collaborations between many of the pair’s heroes, legends, and modern musical luminaries. The 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 artists like Kanye West, George Clinton, M.I.A., Tom Waits, RZA and David Byrne while the corresponding music videos feature animated/live action collaborations by visual artists including Shepard Fairey, Sage Vaughn, Marcel Dzama, and The Date Farmers. In addition, Sam co-directed a film, N.A.S.A.: The Spirit of Apollo, that gives viewers an intimate, behind the scenes look at the globetrotting musical adventures Sam and Ze encountered during the making of the record featuring many of the artists involved. Currently Sam is hard at work on the next installment of N.A.S.A set for release in 2013 featuring collaborations with Cee-Lo Green, Spoek Mathumbo, and hip hop legend Fab Five Freddy thus far with many more to come.
Sam recently completed work on Maximum Hedrum- an electronic funk project with Derrick Green, the lead singer of seminal metal band Sepultura set for release in 2013.
Sam has also worked extensively as a musical director including Kanye West’s “Glow In the Dark Tour”, Karen O’s “Stop The Virgins” and Target’s “Kaleidoscopic Fashion Spectacular” event held in NYC in 2010. In particular, “Stop The Virgins” was the realization of a close-to-the-heart concept album Sam co-wrote and produced with Karen. The show has completed two sold out runs including St. Anne’s Warehouse in New York City and Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
Sam’s film score credits include Spike Jonze's cult classic Yeah Right! (the top-selling skate movie of all-time), Jackass 3D, Cop Out with Harold Faltermeyer, Warren Miller’s City, Park City, the HBO documentary Pretty Things, Drew Barrymore’s Whip It and award winning work on two short films by Spike Jonze; I’m Here and Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side).
Sam is also well known in the advertising world through his company Squeak E. Clean Productions. He has scored spots for brands such as Nike, Adidas, Cadillac, and Honda while working with directors like Mark Romanek, Michel Gondry, Tarsem Singh, Lance Acord and Spike Jonze. In particular, the song "Hello Tomorrow", featured in an Adidas commercial directed by Jonze, won the Gold Lion for Best Music at the 2005 Cannes International Advertising Festival and Silver for Original Music at the 2006 Clio Awards.