Sabrina Finkelstein

The one and only Sabrina Finkelstein is a force to be reckoned with in this music industry. At just 23-years-old, she wears a multitude of hats that provide immense value in a plethora of different areas. Right now, Sabrina serves as an A&R at recordsco, manager for up and coming artists, Kristiane and Tae, as well as the founder of Shityoushouldbelisteningto, a music blog for up and coming artists that she created during her time at USC. Whether it’s discovering, curating or supporting artists, Sabrina cites that music never feels like a job to her but rather an undeniable blessing. A true champion for women in the music industry, Sabrina longs to leave an impact that not only supports this group, but expands it as well. We had the chance to ask Sabrina some questions, so make sure you keep scrolling to read the full interview with her!

ER: What is the thing that keeps you so drawn towards music?:

Sabrina: Music is not really just my job, I genuinely don’t have any other hobbies which is something that I’m working on haha. I love that there is something for everyone to get excited about. I am super into music history and connecting the dots between musical scenes and the people that shaped them, I am a big Rockstar autobiography fan. I grew up singing and writing music, I thought I wanted to be a jazz singer and still love music with jazz based inspiration and production. I went to performing arts high school in NYC and studied music theory there and continued through college- I think coming from the creative side makes interacting and working with artists so interesting because you can relate to the music on a different level.

ER: What are you working on now?:

Sabrina: I work as an A&R at RECORDS a Sony joint venture label. I manage artists (Kristiane and Tae) and I am the founder and curator of Shit You Should Be Listening To a music blog I started when I was a freshman in college at the Music Industry program at the University of Southern California. 

ER: What project are you most proud of working on/ was most memorable?

Sabrina: I am most proud of taking on managing. What started as a quarantine trial turned into amazing songs and a record deal as well as connections to some of the coolest people. Managing is hard work and I have so much more respect for those who do it since taking it on myself. My artist Kristiane signing with Fader label over Zoom was particularly super memorable haha.

ER: What are your goals for the future?: 

Sabrina: I would love to find a way to continue to grow as both an A&R and a manager. I think they are so interconnected and growth in one helps the other. Really just want to be a part of some really cool & timeless songs and projects. I want to grow on the creative side and would love to produce shoots and music videos.  

ER: What is your mantra? What guides you?:

Sabrina: I keep a screenshot of a Lauryn Hill quote on my desktop. It says “Oftentimes, the machine can overlook the need to take care of the people who produce the sounds that have a lot to do with the health and well-being of society.” I think what guides me is just having respect for the product we are “selling” as industry people. It is easy for people to get caught up in the bullshit of it all but at the end of the day music is a really awesome and powerful thing that should come first.

ER: What is your favorite part about music/working in the music industry?:

Sabrina: My favorite part is that it is my job to listen to music all day I really can’t believe that that’s real and it exists. Another favorite part is having conversations with artists about what their music means to them, especially those first conversations you have with an artist where there one song you may have found on a playlist comes to life in an hour chat. I also love working around all things creative from setting up sessions to deciding on a final mix, to styling, to helping create album art and editing music videos. 

ER: What is the lasting impression that you want to leave?:

Sabrina: Would love to be known as a person who supported other women in this industry. There are not enough of us, and I want to be a person who helps change that. I recently highlighted “15 A&R’s You Should Be Listening To” for Treble and chose to only include women, I run my blog Shit You Should Be Listening To with two other women, I only manage two women, I try to keep this goal in my mind throughout my daily work. I think all the women I have met and am coming up with right now and female artists I have been interacting with are are SO smart, talented and some of the kindest people I know. Would love to be known as a person who was a part of this group and helped it expand and grow.

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