Welcome to our very first Episode of Nu Deco Unfiltered! We are so excited to bring you these in-depth conversations, and our first podcast is with the one and only, Sam Hyken. Defined throughout his life by curiosity, creativity, and a little attitude, Sam Hyken has become a musical force, collaborating with the world's biggest artists on some of the world’s grandest stages. Not only is he CEO of Nu Deco Ensemble, he is also Artistic Director, Co-founder, and the main composer, arranger, and producer of Nu Deco’s diverse musical and media content. He also happens to be my best friend and musical partner, on this incredible journey we share. Today we peel the curtain back on his busy and prolific output and discover how he transformed from world-class, Juilliard-graduate trumpeter, working with orchestras and legendary maestros around the world, to collaborating and writing for contemporary artists such as Pit Bull, Jacob Collier, and Bad Bunny, to name just a few. We explore his incredible journey from musician to CEO, the HOW and WHY Nu Deco came to be, the relationship we developed that started 17 years ago, and do a deep dive musically to go behind the arrangement on our latest EP “Humans vs. Robots,” a symphonic tribute to Daft Punk. We hope you enjoy this new endeavor, and we are excited to finally share the origin story of Nu Deco and be inspired by Sam Hyken's unrelenting devotion to creating an orchestra for the future that is relevant and speaks to society today.