Meet Television, Film & Video Game Music Composer, Orchestrator, Arranger, Actor, Performer, Educator and Panist – Dike Samai

In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, Dike Samai talks about his journey and accomplishments through his passion, hard work and determination.

“…Honestly, I don’t see myself getting bogged down in one area, because one of the things I really want to do as a panist and as an orchestrator…etc. is to use the steelpan more in films.

And what I saw as Trini, and as someone who knows the instrument was invented in Trinidad and Tobago – and the history of that – when you – for me, at least – when I hear pan in the movies, a lot of it is mostly ‘locating’ the scenes, so you might hear pan, say, it’s supposed to be on a beach in Jamaica or somewhere in the Caribbean.

It tends to be generic at times – and I know from experience with the instrument how versatile it is… And it’s not just about making it a “geographical statement”. You could have emotion, you can have exactly the same effect with orchestral instruments as with panning. And when you COMBINE the two now, it’s a totally different timbre or sound that you get when you combine the steelpan with different instruments in the orchestra. A totally different sound that makes every SCORE different…” — Samai dyke


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Samai Seawall in Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, New York
Samai Seawall in Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, New York

Earlier this year (2022), When Steel Talks (WST) caught up with recent NYU graduate Dike Samai in New York for an exclusive interview. Fulbright Scholar Dike had just obtained his master’s degree in screen notation at the time.

When Steel Talks has been following Dike’s career for several years now. His positivity, forward-thinking, and energy are contagious, in addition to his undeniable talents and accomplishments that make him an automatic triple threat plus. This multi-talented film, television and video game music composer, orchestrator, arranger, actor, performer, educator and panist from Trinidad and Tobago, is set to reset the bar and usher in new artistic standards for the pan and the movie.

Dike Samai with his friend and fellow graduate Kyle Mudie in Washington Square Park, New York
Dike Samai with his friend and fellow graduate Kyle Mudie in Washington Square Park, New York


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