Sam Drake (DJ Sam)
Sam Drake is a Washington transplant that grew up without cable. He doesn’t feel upset about it though because his mom, a Jazz musician, ensured he got his fair share of music instead. A desire to hone in his DJ skills but an even deeper interest to understand why music affects humans in various ways brought him to Berkeley University California where he majored in Cognitive science and minored in music.
He began his DJ Career in 2012 with a bang- headlining some of the largest parties the Cal campus could conjure. He soon after showed the clubs of San Francisco, like 1015 Folsom, how to bring heat to the dance floor. “When there’s a lot of people who are there to dance, I get to take them on a ride. I’ll cater to what they want to hear but I really enjoy getting to throw my own spin on it.” In fact, Sam is one of Verducci’s most skilled DJs when it comes to detail work. He will normally have four songs (instead of the usual two) lined up to sample, add flavor, and play off one another for a whole set. “I think a certain song should be played next and immediately several other songs come into my head that can go along with it. This makes it really easy for me get creative or change direction.”
Sam Drake is coffee fueled, young, and ever curious. He has a fresh perspective on music and is constantly digging up nostalgic hits, re-mixes, and certifiable bangers. Sam is always dancing behind the decks whether spinning his hip-hop roots or delivering an electronic set. “I’m friendly, I’m professional, I’m happy to go with the flow (it keeps my life interesting) and I pride myself on being an extremely hard worker.” His gregarious nature and undeniable skill make him the right fit for any event he takes on.