Septabeat is the stage name of UK based drummer and music producer Sam Gardner. He writes and plays live Drum & Bass and other electronic styles using acoustic and electric drums, alongside a multitude of live electronic FX. His trademark sound of rich harmonies, soaring melodies, and intricate percussion is the culmination of all the styles he studied and played throughout his career. By fusing elements of Jazz, Hip Hop and many ethnic styles with the sounds of electronic dance music, he creates a fresh, organic sound and his spontaneous and unique approach to live performance allows the audience to experience electronic dance music in a completely new way.
Sam 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 work. In 2014, he released his debut Jazz album, 'The Dance of Venus', with his band Samadhi Quintet which was met with high acclaim and described as "accomplished and richly inventive" (London Jazz News). Since then he has continued to work as a sideman with many international jazz artists.
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.
Today, Sam continues to work as a freelance musician and educator, performing at drum clinics and teaching at many educational establishments, including Leeds University. As Septabeat, he regularly collaborates with other instrumentalists and vocalists and he is currently based in London, UK, where he performs under the Septabeat name.