Sam Fauchon is an experimental musician just embarking on, what we hope will be, a lifelong career. Born in New York, but now living in San Diego, music became his passion when he acquired the basic tools of music craftsmanship – what Sam creates is a restructured beat with heavy overlays. His own personal take on Glitch-Hop. Citing influences as wide ranging as Four Tet, Oval & Jan Jelinek, and much much more. There is a wide heritage drawn on for Sam’s music – from diverse sources as Dub, Steppa and even techno.
“The opportunities are insanely endless and the idea of just sitting there and making something for yourself to listen to made me extremely happy”
Having had a turbulent adolescence, Sam’s passion for music suddenly came back in 2018 after a 2 two-year hiatus, mostly because of the freedom he felt when making music.
“Making music is like a high, because the opportunities are insanely endless and the idea of just sitting there and making something for yourself to listen to made me extremely happy.”
Sam’s influences inspired him to make something unique and true to himself, rather than trying to be mainstream and impress other people. He started getting into intense manipulation of song samples and field recordings, often turning the volume on his computer to mute, and just extensively messing up the short sample, without even hearing it to see if I liked it. He’d then turn his volume back on and if it can be looped, it can be turned into a crunchy melody, weirdly enough.
He’ll then plug in those samples to Ableton and perform them live on a launchpad, which is often improvised and exported after the first recording with minimal overdubs.
In my brief correspondence with Sam, I have noted that he finds something fascinating about things that would normally be classified as mistakes – which I guess how we clicked. This can be fortuitous happenstance or a sample being looped into something that takes a second to catch on to – but normally finds a way to make its own unique sound and melody.
That’s Sam’s motto basically, anything that is looped enough in the same way, no matter how ugly the sample can start off as, can turn into something special.