Samantha MichelleRequest Talent
Canadian actress, filmmaker, and DJ, Samantha Michelle was born in Toronto and pursued performance and dance competitively from a young age. At 17, she moved to New York City to study at NYU; camped out in Greenwich Village, reading and writing by day, and roaming around nightclubs by night, she fell hard and fast for music, cinema, storytelling, and the communal experience of shared good times.
After graduating from NYU and Oxford University, where she studied history, drama, literature, politics and art, she moved to LA and begun working as an actress. She’s worked on feature films and TV shows including Atom Egoyan’s The Captive (2014), Showcase’s Lost Girl (2015) and Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain (2015). She then moved to London, where she had trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, to pursue her passion for live performance, and began to focus her work in the theatre. She starred in a number of productions in both the UK and North America, ranging from the classics – Shakespeare, Strindberg, Ibsen – to provocative and contemporary pieces of new writing.
Her career as a DJ kicked off in 2012, one fateful evening at The Groucho Club in London; rather swiftly, this happy accident transformed into a full-time focus as she soon found herself traveling the world, performing at clubs, festivals, and private events, spreading her love of the music of the 1960s and 70s. She then joined forces with a fellow soul-music-lover; the two quickly became “London’s most exciting DJ duo” (Flaunt Magazine) The Smoking Guns. The girls became a fixture within the members club circuit, running residencies around Soho and East London, and hosted their own music history and culture show on Soho Radio.
In 2015, she stepped behind the camera, and directed her first fashion film for the iconic 70s rock-n-roll shoe cobbler Terry De Havilland which was selected as finalist for ELLE Canada’s Fashion Film Competition. Her first narrative short as writer-director, The Dark Side of The Sun (2016), premiered at The Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner and has since screened at a number of film festivals in NYC and London.
Samantha recently moved back to her native side of the pond, and has settled back in her heart’s home – New York City. She continues to write, direct, act, and above all – play. Since making the move stateside, and returning to work as a solo performer, she’s found herself entrenched in the city’s art and fashion communities, having spun for the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue, Morrison Hotel Gallery, Omar’s Park Avenue, Soho House, New York Magazine’s Vulture Festival and following her love for the ocean, out in The Hamptons at Topping Rose House and Solé East. As a DJ, she remains committed to a sound that is vividly vintage, as she fuses familiar classics with lost treasures, moving swiftly between the genres of soul, rhythm and blues, ska, funk, and the bass of it all for her- rock and roll.
Eclectic & Upbeat. Samantha collaborates with clients to craft an individualized sound, stamped by her soulful and classic signature. Her sets are inspired by her love for the spirit of the 60s and 70s, the uninhibited ethos and free-flowing energy encapsulated in the era, yet she infuses modern elements, weaving in the music of the heirs to the blues, dashing in a little disco and dropping in hints of early hip hop. Working with her extensive knowledge of music history, whilst forever reading the room, she simultaneously embraces the familiar and treasures the rare as she expertly creates mixes that are accessible, exciting, and ultimately, enlivening.
Christie’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Galore Magazine, Artists for Peace & Justice, God’s Love We Deliver, Soho House, Lululemon, Good Luck Dry Cleaners, Morrison Hotel Gallery, Sunset Marquis, New York Magazine’s Vulture Festival, Topping Rose House, Solé East, Omar’s Park Avenue, Swarovski, American Express, GQ, Somerset House, The Groucho Club, Glastonbury Festival, The Secret Garden Party Festival, Red Rooster Festival, Marque, Samsung, Open X, NKPR, Quo Vadis, Lights of Soho, Cahoots, Black Dice, Estrella Galicia, Falkenberg & Florence, Brand Revolution, The Scotch of St James, Soho Radio, Beach Blanket Babylon, Century Soho, Pretty Green, Windsor Arms Hotel, Old Street Records, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Wringer & Mangle, The Holy Birds, The Sun & 13 Cantons
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Soundcloud: Samatha Michelle