Sam is from Boulder, Colorado, where she started playing the piano at the age of three. Thirteen years later, while at a local hookah bar, she met the bar’s house DJ, Illenium, who suggested producing music. Sam took to the idea and had her then-boyfriend, also a DJ, teach her the fundamentals. Not long after, another local Boulder hookah bar hired her as their house DJ where she did biweekly sets. Although it was a modest gig, Sam had found her passion and was actively pursuing it. Unfortunately, her tenure mixing tracks in her hometown was short lived. Just before her junior year of high school, her parents decided she needed a change of scenery, and enrolled her in an all-girls boarding school in Albany, New York- a far cry from trendy Boulder.