EQUAL x Tracklib – Let’s Talk About Sampling

Online September 28th, 2022

Samples have historically been an essential part of hip-hop but are also well used in other genres, the twelve bar blues being one of the most famous ones. 

You might recognise M.I.A’s ‘Paper Planes’ which includes a sample from ‘Straight to hell’ by The Clash, or the Destiny’s Child hit ‘Bootylicious’ which includes a sample from Stevie Nicks ‘Edge of Seventeen’ and the classic reggae anthem ‘Bam Bam’ by Sister Nancy which have been sampled by several artists such as Lizzo in ‘Truth Hurts’, Lauryn Hill in ‘Lost Ones’, Jay-Z in ‘Bam’ and Kanye West in ‘Famous’ to mention a few. 

Together with Tracklib, EQUAL invites you to learn more about the big world of sampling and hopefully inspire you in using samplings when creating your own music. 

Let’s talk about:

  • The history of sampling
  • The legal aspects such as sample clearance
  • Sampling trends and more with “the queen of sampling” – Deborah Mannis-Gardner (Owner/President of DMG Clearances, Inc)
  • How to use Tracklib as your sampling tool with music producer Lisa Vasquez.

About Tracklib

Tracklib is the world’s first and only digital service for clearing samples, finally solving a huge problem in the music industry and leveling the playing field by making sample clearance accessible and affordable. Their catalog consists of over 100.000 original recordings from over 400 record labels and publishers around the world. Samples from Tracklib have been used in songs from artists like J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled and BROCKHAMPTON.By radically simplifying music licensing we unlock creative opportunities for all the world’s music creators, new revenue for the whole music industry and change the way the world can make music.

About Deborah Mannis-Gardner

Deborah Mannis-Gardner — the “Queen of Sample Clearance” according to Billboard, Forbes, Midem, Music Week, Okayplayer, Variety, and more — is the go-to expert for global music rights clearances. After starting DMG Clearances, Inc. in 1996, Deborah’s sample clearance skills quickly became legendary, and she has cleared releases for artists including Drake, Tyler the Creator, Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Megan Thee Stallion, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and many more. Deborah has also handled music clearances for some of our time’s greatest films, TV series and ad campaigns.

About Lisa Vasquez

Lisa Vazquez is a beat maker, instrumentalist, and vocalist based in Los Angeles. She has been involved with music for roughly two decades, playing drums and singing in hip hop groups in earlier years, then moving on studying audio engineering and making solo shows using live looping with a Roland drum sampler. Lisa hosts the YouTube series “Flip it Friday” where she creates beats live using looping and other techniques, she has been a two times finalist in the Goldie Awards beat battle competition put on by A-Track and Fools Gold Record Label, and she teaches music production to youth, and this year she will also be going to Ecuador to teach music production to underprivileged communities. 


The talk will be held in English online via Zoom. You will be able to ask questions through the group chat. 

All attendees will receive a digital goodie bag from Tracklib and a chance to connect with each other afterwards.

(It’s free to join!) 



  • If you identify as a woman and are a songwriter, producer or/and artist in the music industry.
  • If you are living in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland or Iceland.



Wednesday Sep 28th 

18.30 – 20.30 CET

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