We had the good fortune of connecting with Sammy Maximin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sammy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’ve always viewed risk as a choice. I could either choose the easy way or the way that challenges me, yet brings me the biggest reward. The reward isn’t always instant, in fact I don’t think i’ve fully seen the reward to the risks I took in my career. I’ve seen it in my personal life – I chose to get married to the love of my life. We were only 23 but it was a risk we saw worth it. The reward has been a beautiful baby boy, a handsome puppy, and a life filled with love. In my career – I left my hometown, I went against getting a comfy job after graduating college and pursued what was in my heart. Music was always the goal. It was always the thing that gave me purpose. Everyone knows it. And I knew to get where I wanted, I had to risk it all. I had to go all in. I had to create everyday and dedicate myself to improving my art. It took time. It took patience. I could’ve chose the secure route. But sometimes God calls you to bigger and its up to you whether or not you want the red pill or the blue pill.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Well… I make music. It’s pretty unique and fun. When it comes to music, I just want to make what I would want to hear. I want to dance, I want to look within myself or above myself and feel. I’m always chasing feeling and because I carry so much of it, I want to express it as much as possible. Since I love to dance I believe dancing can be healing. It unites people and with my music, I just want to make the world dance. I write from my personal experiences and depending on whats in my head, i’ll either sing on a track or find an artist I think would fit. As a producer who’s also also an artist, I get the opportunity to bring in a lot of other talent and let them shine. I get to be apart of their journey and growth and i’ve had some beautiful friendships because of it. But none of this is easy…. Creating is my life. When I’m not making music, I’m creating content for my music. I’ll make a song and play it for my wife and tell her what I envision and we’ll embark on a journey bringing it to life. Whether it’d be a music video or short film we need to film with Rob, or a marketing idea – we’re always on the go creating something. It’s always given us hope though, especially going through the struggling artist life. You’re trying to pay rent, and life just kinda seems bleak cause you’re building something people don’t necessarily see yet. So you’re going through the struggles, but the vision is what gets you through. I can name countless of projects we’ve dropped while simultaneously getting an eviction notice on the door. I’ve dropped tons of content on my way to the food bank. I’ve bagged groceries while telling people on instagram to play my song. I’m not immune to the struggle. I embrace it. It’s my civic duty as a believer. It’s my sacrifice. I rejoice because I know it’s not forever & with every song, we’re just a little closer.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Gotta go hiking. You can’t come to the valley and not hike. The mountains are something your eyes have never seen and pictures don’t do it justice. I’d also say taco Tuesday should be a weekly holiday in AZ – me and all my friends take it so seriously and it’s a perfect opportunity to eat local food in the community. You haven’t lived till you’ve had 98 cent tacos. I’m obsessed with views and being outside – especially in Arizona. Working as a lyft driver – it was heaven on earth. Driving through Scottsdale or other parts of the valley was something out of a movie.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Tajah, my wife… Literally the backbone to all of this. Everything I’m doing. It’s standing because of her. Aside from being my best friend, she’s directed and created the vision for a lot of my projects. We work really well together and to be able to collaborate with her is beyond a blessing. Moses, my son….. He’s only 2 but he’s the reason I grew so much the last couple of years. He’s the reason my music grew, and my mission became clearer because of him. I love him beyond anything i’ve ever loved. It’s unexplainable. But he’s the future and everything I’m doing, I’m doing for him. Robsley, my director and best friend…. we’ve been working together since I was a freshman in college. For the past 8 years we’ve been making videos and building together. We have huge ideas and we always find a way to accomplish it despite having limited resources. It’s a divine partnership and he’s truly my creative brother. You always hear about needing a team and Rob, my wife & I are the perfect team to make this all happen. And as always God… I realize, I’m that guy – but without God, I truly am nothing.
Shatajah Maximin Gueric Nkunzimana David Lee