About Sam Irl
Growing up in a small village in rural Lower Bavaria, Sam Irl learned to play the piano at an early age, later moving on to jazz, first attempts at music production and DJ-ing.
The lack of an existing underground music scene in his home town provided him and his friends with a healthy need and rooted foundation to organize their own regular parties, playing eclectic music ranging from roots reggae, hip hop, broken beat to house.
Since moving to Vienna over a decade ago and completing his degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Sam has been working as producer, DJ and sound engineer in the vibrant Viennese music scene.
This diverse musical background and lots of record digging is a strong influence on his productions, blending sample-based MPC grooves, jazz harmonies, analogue synthesizers and dub elements.
2007 he made his debut with an EP on Pulver Records and since then has released an album, multiple EP’s and 12" on labels such as Jazz & Milk Recordings, Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, Sampling As An Art Records, Frank Music and others.
Apart from his solo music, Sam releases records with Viennese techno pioneer Patrick Pulsinger as Pulsinger & Irl, which focuses more on dub-heavy, analogue house and techno.
Together with Finnish producer Stiletti-Ana and local musician Feater they form the trio Skymax, releasing records on Vienna’s ‘International Major Label’.