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Meet Sam Black of Sam Blacky in Venice

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Black.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in San Diego, CA and later went onto college at UCSB so I have always been a SoCal girl. I ended up transferring over to a private University in Australia where I graduated with my degree in Communications/ Marketing. I lived in Australia for just over six years which is where I got into the music side of things. I started working for a marketing company that put on huge events and music festivals, which lead me to work behind the scenes at a music management company, which then in turn lead me into DJing. When I moved back to LA modeling kind of fell onto my lap so I did that for about two years before the DJing was introduced. Slowly but surely, I got more known as a DJ than a model, and that’s where we are today! With COVID, I finally have the time off touring to finish up my original music so that’s the next chapter for me; producing.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been extremely fun, but definitely not smooth. I have constantly been downplayed or condescended as a DJ or artist because I began as a model. It was to the point where people booking me for huge shows overseas actually would say to me after my set, “Wow, we are blown away by how good you were… we didn’t know you could actually DJ… we honestly just booked you because of your Instagram”. I have had to prove my skill time and time again but nothing gives me more satisfaction than looking at someone’s face who doubted me during one of my shows. I thrive in proving people wrong.

Sam Blacky – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
So “Sam Blacky” is essentially me all encompassed as an entity. I am predominantly known as a DJ, secondarily as a model/ influencer, soon to be known as a producer. I am most proud by far of the fact that I get to represent the underdogs. There are a lot of things about me that are unconventional (my personality, my weight, my body, my image, my music, my style), and I think seeing me keep pushing on and succeeding gives a lot of these women hope. I have zero filters and I don’t fuck around, I am not fake, I do not lie, I am always myself.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I think success has so many levels. There’s the obvious measurable aspect which to me is simple: make enough money to provide for yourself and your family. And there’s the personal aspect which to me is also simple: make sure you are making yourself, and the people around you, HAPPY. We are nothing without happiness.

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