We had the good fortune of connecting with Sam Gutterz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sam, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
The love of music. The love of creativity. This isn’t all about making it big. Would that be nice? Indeed. The opportunity to be a creative through adjoining rhyme schemes, expression of self, my situation, whether current or past, where you have the opportunity to give the listener a feeling of relatability, hopefulness, a sense of achievability is a feel good for a creative as myself. Having the listener relate to one’s music would be my greatest achievement when it comes to fulfilling a project. It’s like a breath of fresh air in an early summer morning right before picking up the homies up for a road trip, “We’re not there yet, but we’ll be there soon enough.” I’m big on keeping it real, keeping that creative expression transparent, in means of realness of self and thoughtfulness of the audience. I’m an avid old school hip hop listener, that’s where my creative side gravitates towards, with the inclusion of this up to date sound. Being a positive creative is important to me not only for the listener, but for our future. So why did I pursue this you ask? To be heard.
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.
Aside from being a creative/hip hop artist, I do have a full time job as a Customer Service Representative. I do feel as if though I make music, it is important to put some green in the jeans. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I do feel like hip hop should be a part time gig for everyone. It feels great to develop another skill and not just knowing one thing, such as knowing more than one language, whether fluent or not, you know something. To say it was easy to get to this point in my life would be a lie. I’m very proud to be where I am at now. I’ve been doing hip hop since my teenage years and have worked a job ever since to help fund my studio time. My main focus was to never give up on myself. Even if I lost a job in my past, which have been many, I’ve always kept it pushing for the next best thing because you can never sell yourself short from your greatness. Never give up, that’s important. No matter how bad things get, this isn’t a boxing match with 12 rounds. This is life. It has ups and downs and when you’re down, you have got to get up. I feel like I’ve found my niche in customer service, it’s what I’m all about, the attempt to help others, and I love it. Will this be the end of the road for me? No, the hunger for more is real.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, we would definitely have to head to H-O-B ! (Hoboken). Bars, ladies, good eats. It’s always a good time in Hoboken, especially with good company. Next day, we’ll have to take a trip to the Metropolitan Museum to view some amazing historical pieces, after, we’ll go back in town to grab a $2 sandwich at Ñaños in Union City. The best $6 you’ll ever spend, and that’s because you’ll buy 3 of those bad boys. Next, we’ll have to go to Parx Casino in Bethlehem, PA to enjoy some time on the Roulette table, I mean, it is only a two hour drive. Before departure I would take them to the FanDuel Sportsbook in Lyndhurst, but I’m banned from there so I’d probably have to wait in the car, haha. Bon Voyage, welcome to New Jersey. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Firstly, I would like to sincerely thank my good friend and future Golden Globe Actor of the Year, Rafael Cabrera, whom had set me up with this interview, without him, this would not have been possible. I would also like to give a special shout-out to an old friend, Adam Blanco, without him I would not be doing Hip Hop today. Also, a shoutout to the one and only Shoutout Magazine, who gave me the opportunity to be apart of this interview. Without all of you this would not have been possible and I am truly grateful for being apart of this.
Photo Credits: Edgar Martinez