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Welcome to Connection Is Magic
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We curate intriguing guests from all walks of life and dive deep into honest discussion, tune in for a heartfelt story to draw upon
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Connection Is Magic, is a safe haven and rising community for artists, entrepreneurs, athletes, and visionaries to share openly about their unique life journey: how they got started, what drives them, the twists and turns, wisdom absorbed and how they've moved forward.
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We are humanizing the modern day hustle we all find ourselves in amidst this faster than ever before paced world and challenge the modern day paradox: we’ve never been more connected, yet disconnected.
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Today's advancements bring many gifts but they aren’t without a price… Peace, contentment and authentic connection are just a few we all pay. Everyone’s story is unique and, yet, so humanly familiar. If you’ve felt alone, disconnected, in need of inspiration or support, Connection Is Magic, offers you sustenance.
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Our Host, Samson Shulman is from Detroit and 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 secured multiple major record deals for up and coming artists under the talent management company he founded, 5AM Collective. He currently attends Antioch University and is pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology.

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Welcome to Connection Is Magic
||
We curate intriguing guests from all walks of life and dive deep into honest discussion, tune in for a heartfelt story to draw upon
||
Connection Is Magic, is a safe haven and rising community for artists, entrepreneurs, athletes, and visionaries to share openly about their unique life journey: how they got started, what drives them, the twists and turns, wisdom absorbed and how they've moved forward.
||
We are humanizing the modern day hustle we all find ourselves in amidst this faster than ever before paced world and challenge the modern day paradox: we’ve never been more connected, yet disconnected.
||
Today's advancements bring many gifts but they aren’t without a price… Peace, contentment and authentic connection are just a few we all pay. Everyone’s story is unique and, yet, so humanly familiar. If you’ve felt alone, disconnected, in need of inspiration or support, Connection Is Magic, offers you sustenance.
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Our Host, Samson Shulman is from Detroit and 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 secured multiple major record deals for up and coming artists under the talent management company he founded, 5AM Collective. He currently attends Antioch University and is pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology.

    The Payoffs Of Adversity & How This Theme Underpins Hiphop — Trace Bell

    The Payoffs Of Adversity & How This Theme Underpins Hiphop — Trace Bell

    Trace Bell is a spiritual teacher and coach based in the Bay Area. He grew up in both Michigan and LA. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in political science and became interested in how the modern academic system is failing currently and fueling despair and nihilism by teaching based on limited perspectives and paradigms. He is also the son of famed author and spiritual teacher Rob Bell.

    Instagram: Tracebelll

    + Midwest vs. LA comparison
    + First hip hop album that got Trace into the genre
    + Life happening for us vs. happening to us
    + The magic and inspiration behind hip hop music
    + Trace discusses his frustration with his schooling experiences and what he felt was lacking
    + What fascinates him about studying consciousness
    + How to use pain for our growth
    + Adversity used for good an everpresent theme in hiphop music
    + Realizing the difference between being in a difficult chapter of your book vs. thinking it’s the whole book of your life
    + Things he has learned from his highly regarded father, Author & Spiritual Teacher, Rob Bell

    • 42 min
    Developing Murda Beatz & How To Stop Mentally Spinning Out — Cory Litwin

    Developing Murda Beatz & How To Stop Mentally Spinning Out — Cory Litwin

    Cory Litwin is a Toronto native, based in Los Angeles and currently Executive Vice President of Hallwood Media. He manages super producer Murda Beatz (Drake, Migos, Ariana Grande and more), he also co-produced the Drake smash "Nice For What" and has a roster of 30+ clients. He is also the Founder of 2wenty 2wenty Music Group and co-founder of Psychedelic Water.

    Episode Highlights //

    + Early come up in Toronto and being a part of a city that shifted the landscape of popular music
    + Becoming successful as a club promoter and leaving it all behind to pursue the music business
    + Creating a grills company called "Goldie Rocks" in an effort to break into music
    + Bottoming out in addiction and the road back
    + "If someone tells me I've changed, I say thank you" - Cory
    + How he met and began developing Murda Beatz
    + How our minds can spin us out and simple advice on how to not let it do that
    + Trusting that failure, rejection, closed doors are all a part of success
    + What it's like being a new father and how thats changed his outlook on life
    + Good message about the need to differentiate yourself in whatever field you are in
    + Spending time around Drake and what he has observed from him and the OVO camp

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Beginnings Disguised As Endings, Thriving After a Major Label — Jared Evan

    Beginnings Disguised As Endings, Thriving After a Major Label — Jared Evan

    Jared Evan is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and rapper originally from Great Neck, New York. He was signed to Zone 4 (Polow Da Don's label)under Interscope Records. The song "Frozen", which Evan wrote and produced, appeared on the LeBron James documentary soundtrack entitled Music Inspired by More than a Game. Jared also had a song featured prominently on HBO's hit show Entourage. In 2013, his album Boom Bap & Blues with Statik Selektah peaked at No. 8 on the iTunes Soul charts independently. He has been thriving as an independent artist since he left the major record label system and has a newly release project called "Dark Days" about his time in the traditional music industry.

    IG: @Jaredevan

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS //

    + Nearly Getting Signed By Diddy
    + How/Why labels get excited about a new artist but just monitor it and don't make a move
    + Getting signed off of a song he made off his laptop
    + Meeting all of his musical idols during his come up and signing to Interscope
    + Jimmy Iovine wanting Jared to re-shoot his music video with the newly created Beats By Dre headphones
    + A new song he wrote, that he wasn't feeling, caught like wild fire within the building, and even though Jared wasn't feeling it, he went with it, Interscope pushed the song and it did not succeed commercially.
    + Getting to record with Dr. Dre for his highly anticipated / unreleased Detox album
    + A/B ing life as an independent artist vs. major label artist

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Transformation Begins With Surrender — Zalma Bour & Yonas Michael

    Transformation Begins With Surrender — Zalma Bour & Yonas Michael

    Zalma Bour is a brilliant singer, musician, producer and model from Cleveland, Ohio. She has collaborated with many Grammy winning artists and producers. Yonas Michael is an amazing rapper, producer, DJ and created the clothing line, Earthy Surfy Rock & Soul. His former group U-N-I, was a successful endeavor, MTV VMA appearances, he has done multiple SXSW shows and shows around the world with artists such as Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole opening up for his group.

    @Zalmabour
    @iamyonasmichael

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS //

    + Everyone is waiting for the other person to drop their armor first so they
    can actually connect
    + Why it’s so important to pull back often when you’re on your grind
    + Ego death = Freedom
    + Learning to balance internal validation with needing external validation to
    become “successful” as a creative
    + How being able to unplug is the new swag
    + How we aren’t given a playbook for when bigger success hits and how many
    people stumble through that process
    + Having healthy boundaries as we continue to grow & evolve
    + Seeing and getting to know famous musicians early before they blew up and
    seeing that spark in them before it happened
    + Yonas's low point, being driven by his ego and hanging onto an old version
    of himself that was in the ashes and nothing working for him. Then finally
    being able to let go, step into a new version of himself and things
    flowing again

    • 44 min
    Tyler, The Creator's Manager On Confident Vulnerability — Christian Clancy

    Tyler, The Creator's Manager On Confident Vulnerability — Christian Clancy

    Christian Clancy is a legendary dude & music industry outsider very much on the inside. He is the co-founder of 4 Strikes management along with his wife Kelly. They manage the careers of Tyler, The Creator, BROCKHAMPTON, Mac Miller, Domo Genesis, Raveena, Boylife and formerly Solange and Frank Ocean. Clancy also formerly headed up hip hop marketing at Interscope Records in it's gangster rap heyday, helping promote such artists as 50 Cent, Eminem, The Game and more...
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    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS //

    + The facade he wore at Interscope ultimately weighing him down
    + Why music is so powerful
    + Clancy explains what 1st drew him to Tyler, The Creator
    + The curious dance within artists between ego and insecurity
    + Why a slow build career beats a hit single, or immediate success
    + Reflections on being on the receiving end of road rage
    + What were the catalysts that helped you grow into this version of yourself?
    + Leaping from Interscope into 4 Strikes with nearly no money
    + How the music business rewards facades and caricatures
    + Clancy's gratitude practice
    + Seeing depression as a movie in your head to get space from it
    + Meditation as a major key to our well being
    + Personal pain hopefully leads us to more empathy
    + The GIFTS of aging
    + Evolving internally and externally
    + Judging Mac Miller before meeting him & their first meeting
    + Recalling where he was when he got news Mac passed away
    + Clancy's favorite Mac Miller memory
    + When your old ceiling becomes your new floor, the magic of growth
    + Getting trapped in anger & missing a) solution b)the blessing within it
    + Horrible breakup prepping Clancy to become the man who attracted his wife
    + "The things that aren't right for you, will give you up"
    + Everything has its opposite ie. the lower you go the higher you can go
    + Gem advice for up and coming artists...
    + Clancy's relationship to money, having grown up with none
    + How great artists / entrepreneurs can easily get dismissed & overlooked
    + Why tragedy unites us
    + Frank Ocean's brilliance and impact on pop culture
    + The magic and appeal of the underdog

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Pt 2. Mac Miller's Unique Genius & Benjy's Mental Health Struggles — Benjy Grinberg

    Pt 2. Mac Miller's Unique Genius & Benjy's Mental Health Struggles — Benjy Grinberg

    Benjy Grinberg is the founder of indie label powerhouse, Rostrum Records. He got his start in the music business working for LA Reid at Arista Records. He was instrumental in the breaking + establishing the careers of both Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. In 2017 Benjy wrote a 3 page article in Billboard opening up on his battle with OCD titled “We Have To Erase The Stigma of Mental Health Issues.” He is based in Los Angeles, married and a father of two.

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS //

    + How did you first meet Mac Miller
    + Mac’s exponential growth between each project
    + What made Mac so unique in his artistry?
    + Mac Miller’s influence on his peers and next gen artists
    + Finding out Mac passed: where he was and the emotions he worked through
    + Pharrell’s impact on Mac’s artistic direction and what he saw early in him
    + Going #1 for most albums sold with “Blue Slide Park” and garnering acclaim for doing it independently
    + Will the pandemic have a lasting positive impact on humanity?
    + What caused Benjy to open up about his mental health struggles, being diagnosed with OCD
    + The often ever-present façade of the “music business” not being conducive to opening up
    + How a lot of calls stopped getting returned after Benjy left LA Reid’s office
    + Why we should not bottle up and keep our challenges to ourselves
    + Benjy’s fledgling new career as an artist and plans to release his own music soon!

    • 40 min

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