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An Exclusive Interview With Music Photographer Sam Verbisky



Music and tour photographer, Sam Verbisky is a 22-year-old Canadian who’s worked with some of the most notable names in the music industry.

Sam has teamed up with the likes of Spinnin’ Records, Throttle, Monstercat, Mesto, and CID to create memories via the use of expertly curated photography and video content. 

Recently, I had the chance to meet up and speak with Sam concerning his journey in the music industry and how he was able to become the man he is today.

How Did You Get Started As A Photographer?

Growing up, I always had a creative interest. I bought my first camera, a Flip Mino HD when I was twelve-years-old. It didn’t come as a surprise when my friends Omar, Justin, Vincent and I found ourselves trying to film trick shots on the basketball court with my new camera.

Back then we gained a lot of our inspiration from Youtube sensations Dude Perfect. This was the beginning of my photography career.

And early on, photographers Chris Yoder and Charles-Edouard Dangelser were big inspirations of mine.

Can You Please Tell Us About Your First Music Photography Experience?

Each year, my hometown, Ottawa, hosts a large music festival called Bluesfest. And the headliners for this festival range from A-list artists such as Kanye West, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, 50 Cent and Pink.

In May 2017, I sent a direct message to the official Instagram of Ottawa Bluesfest about potentially creating video content for the festival’s 2017 event. Bear in mind, I had never filmed a concert and had limited experience in filming. To my surprise, the Bluesfest team gave me a chance and provided me with a media pass for the event. A few days into the event, I was given the opportunity to film one of my biggest inspirations, musician Harley Streten, Otherwise known as Flume.

How Did You Grow Your Network After The Bluesfest Festival?

Now that I had caught the attention of some respected names in the music industry, I thought of ways by which I could make a career out of my photography skills.

So I reached out to various artists and asked if I could film their shows and eventually I landed gigs with French producer and artist Petit Biscuit, Hawaiian producer GRAVES and several other artists. Then I sent an Instagram direct message to Australian DJ and Producer Throttle, asking him if I could provide value to his brand through videos.

Throttle liked the idea and let me film his show in Ottawa. Then he invited me to film in Montreal a few days later. After that, he asked me to be his videographer for his North American Tour. Soon after that, I became his photographer for all his shows worldwide.  

All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the values which I hold dearly; Make valuable content, Give without expectation of return and never forget where you come from.

How Long Did It Take For You To Create Chaos Theory?

The production was filmed all throughout 2019. From the first month, January to the last, December. Chaos Theory is a film that captures the awesome moments that I caught on my camera from around the world. Post-production for Chaos Theory took over 150 hours. 


You can reach out to Sam on his Instagram page


I've always had a knack for storytelling! Hi there, I'm Chukwuma Agugbue. I'm a copywriter and, a blogger. I Interview individuals who've achieved some sort of success in their field- Actively building a knowledge base for Millenials


Meet Lil G: The Young Star Disrupting The Music Industry



Everyone loves music, which is why everyone has a favorite song, band, artist or album. Technology has made it possible for people to listen to a wide variety of music pieces whenever they want. With so much to see great talent often goes by overlooked. This is why it is important to highlight Lil G’s music! Lil G is a young music producer who makes his own beats from home, sharing with some of his following and with other artists to see if they want to use them in their own songs.
“It all started when I went to church one Sunday with my father. My father was talking to this older man, a woman and their two children. I was introduced to them all and a couple days later, I discovered that they lived right beside my father’s house.” Lil G recounts.
Soon after, Lil G started spending time with one of the children he met at church, Kevon. They would play basketball and ride bikes together in the neighborhood. One night, when Lil G was staying over at Devon’s he was introduced to the world of beat making.
“Kevon opened his laptop and played a beat he was working on. He was using FL Studio software, and I said to him ‘how did you do that?’ and he said ‘it’s really easy.’” Lil G says.
Right away, Lil G was enthralled by the idea of learning how to make his own beats so he asked Kevon to teach him everything he knew. Ever since, Lil G has been making beats.
“I run a music production business.” Lil G states. “I make beats from home, send them out to artists and try to listen out and see if an artist will use it, and later down the line register it.”
Lil G was motivated to get in the business as soon as he was taught how to make beats. He soon realized that the biggest challenge when getting started in the music industry is receiving attention and engagement from people. Indeed, it is hard to make yourself hard with so much music content out there. This is why mindset is even more important when you work on a music project.
“Mindset is important because you want to make sure that your mindset is present in all you do. It helps you fulfill whatever dream you have, by taking action on it.” Lil G says. “By having the right mindset you can see the best results possible.”
In an ever changing world with a plurality of artists and a growing list of platforms anyone can listen from, it is important to be a risk taker and to be different from others. This is why “fear” for Lil G means losing or not taking risks due to being scared to fall down.
“My advice for those starting their own business and brand is to be consistent.” Lil G advises. “It is also important to try to save money for your business here and there, because you can use it in the future to market your business.”
This is what ultimately can lead to success, which for Lil G means not just “winning” but also being confident and being able to recognize when the light turns green or “when God makes a way for whatever you have been fighting for.” This is why right when Lil G was introduced to music production, he has stayed consistent at it. He is always networking with others in the game and learning from them, taking every opportunity he finds. In fact, he was even able to meet his favorite music producer, Lex Luger.
“My next projects include continuing to send beats out, and continuing to network with other artists and producers.” Lil G states.
Lil G differentiates himself from all other artists in that he has his own sound, which he makes clear through his own production. He stays in his lane and is himself and no one else. To check him out, go here.
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Why Kaho Shibuya Was Born To Be An Entrepreneur



Time is finite. Whether you accept this or not, one day your life on this planet will come to an end. While that is out of your control, what you make of this life is very much in your hands. For Kaho Shibuya, realizing this at a young age has changed the game for her and she wastes no time chasing her dreams and making a name for herself. 

A cosplayer and writer from Tokyo, Kaho has an incredibly diverse resume of work experience and has always been active in pursuing what she is passionate about. After watching American wrestling shows as a high schooler, she did not just develop a passion for the industry, she went all in on immersing herself in American culture. In fact, she became completely fluent in English in college and majored in international communication. Post graduation, she spent time as a newspaper publisher and reporter, worked as a school teacher that focused on the English language, and even spent time in the adult film industry where she garnered a large audience that would help her YouTube and entertainment ventures take off rapidly. 

At the moment, Kaho is fully invested in the entertainment industry, spending time as a DJ and appearing at anime conventions and meet and greets. In the coming months, she will be a voice actress on a brand new anime series that will be premiering. Her dedication to learning the English language has paid off in a major way as well, as she has been able to travel to the United States for anime conventions in Los Angeles and will be in Houston in July this year for another one.

While she started out as an office worker, her transition into entrepreneurship was a no brainer. She has always gravitated towards freelance work, and has always wanted to try new things that she would not be able to do at a desk job. While her experiences as a journalist were invaluable, she is able to work towards her passion every single day as an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry. 

In Japan, agencies are extremely tough to work with, and take around half of its clients earnings before paying them. While Kaho used to suffer from a partnership with an agency, she has since grown her social media presence on Twitter and Instagram so much to the point where she has achieved independence and is able to take on clients that she is eager to work with rather than having to hit a certain number for her agency. 

While she is still young, Kaho Shibuya is a force in the anime and entertainment industry and will only look to grow her personal brand both in Japan and internationally, and it will not be long before she is a household name in her homeland and countries worldwide.

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From Business to Music, Jersey Demic Reveals His Claim to Success



Jersey Demic (@kingdemic) is a staple in New Jersey culture and arts with a long history of being embedded in the music scene of the Garden State. Born on the island of Dominica and moving to the U.S as a young child, Demic is motivating the minds of aspirational youth as a shining example of success.

His career began with the Hot Impact Nights as he hosted and performed at some of the biggest lifestyle events in America. Since then, Demic has managed the tours of some of the most talented hip hop artists on the scene. He’s also curated content and created marketing strategies for syndicated TV influencers and large corporations. 

Now he’s focused on releasing music. His career has been covered on websites such as World Star Hip Hop and Okayplayer. He’s performed at SXSW and showcases sponsored by corporations such as Visa and PayPal. Currently, he’s authored his first book and released his new music video “Kobe for Dinner.”

Humble Beginnings

Demic bought his first piece of recording equipment during his freshman year of high school. He instantly fell in love with the process of creating musical art, and his obsession has continued ever since. He credits much of his early inspiration to Nipsey Hustle, the late hip hop artist who was also a talented entrepreneur and devout family man. Demic has followed Nipsey’s lead, starting businesses outside of Music and helping his family prosper.

According to Demic, the biggest challenge to anyone looking to start their career in music is negative influences.

“The biggest challenges are your friends and family who don’t support and always have something negative to say.”

Demic also believes that a lack of money is also a hurdle. He focuses on building businesses outside of his personal music career in order to invest in himself and his craft. As a side note, it’s also smart to do this with any passion you have. For example, if you want to start a business, don’t quit your job right away. The money from your job will help keep you fed and can also be used to grow your business. 

Advice For Beginners

But don’t be fooled, Demic warns. Starting a business is tough.

“If you don’t have your mindset structured, a business can literally cripple you mentally. This industry of business isn’t for the weak. But a strong mindset can overcome hurdles like inexperience or disappointment, which are common when starting out.”

Demic understands how to growth-hack social media using secret tactics and Facebook/Instagram by advertising. Demic believes that if you know your audience it’s easy to scale. If you don’t then you’ll churn too much cash and time.

The level of success Demic has obtained on an independent level, signed artists wish they had. He’s figured out the secrets to cash flow and is able to invest his own money into his projects which give him ultimate freedom and the upper hand in negotiating.

Ain’t Easy Being Jersey

When discussing his biggest setbacks, Demic mentioned that he once drove over two hours to perform at a show. But when he arrived he realized that he left his show music at home. He decided to make a checklist of needed items for shows so he’d never forget again.

On the flip side, Demic filled us in that at a time when signed artists weren’t doing big shows, he was performing for crowds of up to 30,000. Which all stemmed from his own ability to book talent and negotiate with the venue and event planners. 

Future Outlook

Demic is continually putting out new music and high-quality visual content that reinforces his life philosophy. If you want to keep up with Demic you can follow his Instagram, Twitter, and Tik Tok.



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