Jeff Samuel

(Pokerflat) ∞ DJ

For more than 10 years, Jeff Samuel has been releasing quality dance music which blurs the lines between house and techno. It makes sense, his hometown of Cleveland is positioned 3 hours from Detroit and 6 hours from Chicago. Pulling influences from both cities as well as his own wider musical tastes, Jeff managed to create a sound all his own. Prominent artists such as Michael Mayer and Ricardo Villalobos caught onto his sound early on, remixing his 1st and 4th EP’s. His funky and playful use of sound caught the attention of techno pioneer Daniel Bell, who released his “New Joob” EP on the legendary 7th City Records in 2001. Another early admirer was Steve Bug, who not only remixed Jeff’s DC10 Ibiza anthem “Knob” for Trapez, but also signed him for a string of releases on his own Poker Flat label.

By 2005, Jeff was a regular on the European DJ circuit. He released his first mix CD for Poker Flat and began to attract more attention for his remixes. Artists as diverse as Hot Chip, Guido Schneider and Der Dritte Raum all received the Jeff Samuel remix treatment. From the dancefloor-centric music released on Spectral Sound and Morris Audio to more trippy releases on Contexterrior and Karloff, a common strain of humanity and personality is always inside Jeff’s music. This culminated in “Step”, his 2006 debut LP for Trapez which received 4.5 stars in Resident Advisor and was called “timeless” by Groove Magazine.

Now living in Berlin, Jeff’s DJ profile continues to spread beyond the confines of Europe. he has appeared at top festivals such as MUTEK, DEMF/Movement, Decibel, Fusion and Overground. While he enjoys performing DJ sets at the world’s finest clubs such as Panorama Bar and Fabric London, he also thrives in further territories such as Japan, China, Israel, South America and beyond. He is most known for his extended DJ sets, which give him more space to weave together different elements for sweaty dancefloors everywhere.

Today, Jeff is known as one of the most respected artists in underground dance music. This is reflected in the recent re-releases of his early work. The afterhours classic “Lost” was re-released in 2007, 6 years after its original release. In 2009, an onslaught of re-releases from Logistic and Trapez appeared alongside his new material. “Timeless” indeed.