Over the past decade, Sam Spiegel has produced acclaimed albums for artists like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, scored a series of feature-length films, and built his own award-winning commercial music company.
Growing up in New York, Spiegel had his first experiences in making music as a little kid, when he took up cello and flute before the age of ten. With his voracious musical appetite, he began DJ-ing parties and school dances while still in junior high. After several years in the local club scene, Spiegel moved on to touring as a DJ, as well as producing tracks for hip-hop artists. He also broadened his output to include scoring skate films, such as the seminal 2003 Girl Skateboards film Yeah Right!
In the mid-2000s, Spiegel expanded into alternative rock territory and co-produced Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Grammy Award-nominated sophomore album Show Your Bones. That collaboration sparked a longstanding creative partnership with Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O, who lent her vocals to “Hello Tomorrow” (a song that Spiegel wrote for a 2005 Adidas commercial that went on to win multiple awards). A groundbreaking moment in commercial music, “Hello Tomorrow” hit #1 on the iTunes singles chart and also proved essential in establishing Squeak E. Clean Productions, Spiegel’s commercial music company and sound design studio.
Through Squeak E. Clean Productions, Spiegel has created music for major brands like Nike, Toyota, Levi’s, Apple, and ESPN, as well as scored such video games as EA Black Box’s Skate 2. Along with continuing his work in music production (including several tracks on Crystal Castles’ critically praised self-titled debut), Spiegel fostered the film element of his career by scoring several movies in the Jackass franchise and composing music for Beautiful Losers (a 2008 documentary centering on self-made artists such as Shepard Fairey and Harmony Korine).