Sam Gardner (born 3rd November 1988) started his musical career at a young age playing double bass, piano and eventually drums at the age of 15. He went on to study jazz at Leeds College of Music where he honed his craft as a jazz drummer and composer. During this time he also studied Indian Classical music, Latin American music and various African styles; all influences which he would later draw upon in his own music.
In 2014 He released his debut jazz album, ‘The Dance of Venus’, with his band Samadhi Quintet which was met with high acclaim. He has also worked as a sideman with many international jazz artists such as Krzysztof Urbanski, Stuart McCallum (Cinematic Orchestra), Terence Blanchard (Inner City Ensemble), Dominic J Marshall, Benet Mclean, Ashley Henry, Moonlight Saving Time and more.
Sam had a fresh insight into the world of live electronic music when he began to work with the UK group Submotion Orchestra in 2014. Throughout this time he learned how to use electronics in live performances which inspired him to produce his own music. In 2015, he decided to pursue a new musical direction and with the financial support of Help Musicians UK, he studied music production with a wide range of producers. He began to combine the skills he’d learned throughout his musical career into a new project – Septabeat – a unique approach to live electronic dance music which allows the audience to experience club music in a completely new way.
Currently Sam is based in London and he continues to perform internationally. He also teaches in many schools across the UK including at Leeds University.