Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Tshibangu.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I began producing music at 23 while I was in college & already living in Southern California. I have been producing & engineering for almost 3 years now & have worked with the likes of 1500 or Nothin’, The NFL, Money Sign Suede, Nilla Allin, & Fred Blaze.
Growing up in the greater Washington D.C. area, I was exposed to many different genres & styles of music including D.C.’s gogo music. I started producing music out of curiosity because I wanted to know how my favorite producers were able to make the sounds the way they did.
Once I started, I knew I needed to take my producing music seriously. Knowing I had to elevate my skill-set is what led me to join the 1500 Sound Academy in 2021.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The journey is going great, but there have been some obstacles that I have faced along the way. I think the greatest hurdle, as with any entrepreneur, is implementing the proper systems in place to ensure your business’ success.
It’s a lot of trial & error involved, but once there’s a good flow in your operation it becomes easier to mitigate issues as they arise. In the music business, it’s also common to encounter time waster’s along the journey. Many people treat music as a hobby, but when you make this your business, it is imperative to attract others who take it seriously as well.
Know that it is ok to tell people no. Be intentional with your time & energy. I am grateful for all of the challenges that have come my way because they have given me opportunities to grow.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I produce music for artists as well as for sync opportunities such as commercials, TV, podcasts, & movie scores. I am also an audio engineer as well. I specialize in creating music in the Hip-Hop, Afrobeats, R&B, & Pop genres.
There have been so many awesome things that have happened in my career so far; working with the NFL on multiple projects for this year’s Super Bowl & bringing value to the various projects that I have worked on so far as a producer, engineer, or even just as a musical ear.
What sets me apart from others is my ability to bring value into any room I step into no matter what the objective is. That has been one of the most important things that I have learned so I made it a point to work on it.
Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I love that LA is the land of opportunity, it is what you make it.
There’s so much culture & people from all walks of life, it is pretty easy to meet the right people that you need to be around. However, sometimes what makes LA amazing can also make it difficult at times.
The unpredictability of the city can shock you at times so you can’t ever get too comfortable.
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- Email: IcemanRecords24@gmail.com
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- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/sam-tshibangu-570801629
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