We had the good fortune of connecting with Sam Conturo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sam, why did you pursue a creative career?
I chose to purse a career in recording and producing because I believe expression is crucial to life. I originally wanted to just make beats but found it more fulfilling to be able to complete songs so I stuck with both ever since. I am happy I did because it has connected me with so many different people and helped me learn a lot about myself in the process.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When it comes to art I’m just a very in the moment person. Now that we have all these computers sometimes its easy to overlook the original process of what were doing which is capturing a moment in time. A moment that if done right every time you hear it back it takes you there (wherever there may be). I got here really just by being ready to work. That’s one thing I learned about this field is that its not necessarily difficult but you must be ready when the time is right. Some of my first major jobs I landed were because no one else wanted to or was available. It’s hard to predict when inspiration will strike but your mail objective is to be ready to capture it at any moments notice. Now to other pursuing a similar career don’t be upset if you get called to work and the artist shows up hours late or had to catch a last minute flight to their next show. It happens just always have a way to use the time waiting wisely.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in South Florida now so there is plenty to do really. I usually try to show people the beach of course. You can never have a bad day there. I would definitely take them to the studio to meet everyone involved in that. I got very lucky and met some great people to team up with. Almost every weekend my business partner, Wilhem Andre, is involved in an event around the city or bringing the event to the studio to keep it open and accessible to the community so usually I end up wherever he says is the place to be.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I really owe tons of credit to others. One major shoutout I’d like to give is to Eastmister Presbyterian Church in East Liberty. It was my first exposure to live sound and even a lot of music lessons. Thanks to Nikki Porter who has been sharing her gifts as long as I’ve met her. She even brought many other musicians through the church I was able to talk to sometimes even play along side of. Even as I get deeper in my field I think back on things she has taught me (and many others) and it clicks more and more. She instilled a hard work mentality combined with love of the craft that completely changed how I grow and practice. So big shoutout for Nikki and Eastminster.