Samson Shulman is from Detroit, Michigan, he was accepted to law school in 2004 and chose instead to take a leap of faith, at age 23, moving to L.A. to pursue a career in the music business. Since then, he’s worked for Interscope Records, Atlantic Records, The Tonight Show, and successfully secured multiple major record deals for up and coming artists under the talent management company he founded, 5AM Collective. He recently founded the Hustle Sanctuary podcast series.
So, Ma Shlomkha?
Howdy, Chillin yo’
Describe yourself in 4 words:
enigmatic, driven, loving, evolved.
What do you do?
Try to make people’s lives better, being nice is an important quality to me.
What don’t you do?
What do you love and hate most about living in LA?
I’m from Detroit, the weather obviously. Secondly, the creative energy in the air, it’s palpable.
What makes someone an Angeleno?
Hmm, being into some combination of yoga, kale and hiking OR being gifted at acting or music, or both.
Last concert you attended?
An impromptu performance by Cody Simpson at a friends place in venice, there were around 40 people, it definitely changed my opinion of his music very fast. Shout out Cody Simpson!
Most proud moment?
Making the journey out to LA from Detroit with nada in place and landing an internship at Interscope Records.
If you won the lottery tomorrow, what’s the first thing you would do?
Give a good chunk to charity, then take up cooking classes and travel the globe.. Northern Italy would be first on hit list.
What was your Bar Mitzvah theme?
Missed the bar mitzvah, but luckily no age limit.
You become the next big Jewish rapper, what’s your rap name?
Definitely DJ Matzo Ball but if I was a girl it would be DJ Bed Bath and Beyonce.
Your favorite Jewish tradition?
Passover for sure, gifilta fish and bitter herbs ALL DAY.
What do you wish you’d knew about Jewish culture?
Lots of random jewish holidays I wanna know more about for example, Shavuot which I just celebrated, it was rad!
A piece of advice you would give your 19 year old self?
Patience my son.
What do you wish to be remember for?
Unifying and uplifting people, luckily many ways to accomplish this.
Your dream project?
Something with Kanye West. He’s the modern day Mozart, attitude & ego aside.
What would be your super power and why?
Ability to time travel… I’m fascinated by different time periods from the time dinosaurs ruled to the rule of the roman empire.
3 favorite podcasts?
School of Greatness, Tim Ferris, Krista Tippett, becoming wise AND shameless self promo.. The Hustle Sanctuary.
Someone (alive) you look up to, and why?
Barack Obama, a brilliant orator and calm and poised under pressure.