Will Dailey has sold his car for rock 'n' roll! He's also walked away from a major label deal, and walked towards the loving funds of his fans. He's currently in the midst of a new crowd funding campaign as he makes a brand new album, out later this year. He talks about his latest crowdfunding campaign, and his ups and downs in the industry, which includes the following appearance in CSI: NY. https://youtu.be/58O86zGthEU
Leo Flynn is the brand manager for the Vitamin String Quartet, the group best known for recreating classical-style versions of popular songs. With nearly 300 tributes to artists outside of the classical genre, VSQ has garnered about 4 million downloads since its start in 1999. VSQ is part of the CMH Label Group, which also produces the Pickin’ On series (bluegrass tributes to popular artists) and the Rockabye Baby series (lullaby tributes to popular artists). Flynn has produced a number of the Rockabye Baby installments, including tributes to The Doors, Queen, Van Halen, and Kanye West. Later this month, VSQ will release its own tribute to Kanye West. With such varied output—you need experience in classical, rock, and hip-hop universes to make this music—Flynn has an understandably diverse background. In this installment of Music Is My Life, he walks us through his upbringing by a Philly Sound bassist dad and his journey to realize that he needed musical education in his life and at last to CMH Label Group.
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Divinity Roxx is probably best known for her work as the bassist for Beyoncé in her all-female band. She got her start playing with bass wiz Victor Wooten, and has established quite a solo career for herself: Not many people can rap and play bass at the same time! She began her musical journey with a clarinet, and is on the eve of furthering her education with Berklee Online. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Jazz legend Gary Burton discusses his life in music, just as he is about to walk away from it. But what a full musical life it has been: 66 albums under his name, 7 GRAMMY awards, and many meaningful friendships. He discusses all of this as well as some rough times playing with Stan Getz, receiving a death threat from Miles Davis, and his career-long affiliation with Berklee College of Music. His farewell tour—featuring Makoto Ozone—begins in March. Burton also says that he will continue to teach Jazz Improvisation with Berklee Online, but he hints that his retirement from doing that probably isn't too far in the future either. Burton was instrumental in the creation of Berklee Online when he was executive vice president of Berklee College of Music, and in his 2013 memoir, Learning to Listen, he speaks of Berklee Online with great pride. "After seeing the great success of the online program I started, I couldn't resist getting in on the action," he writes about authoring and teaching his course. In the Music is My Life podcast, he also speaks about his involvement in the film, Get Yourself a College Girl, an amazing pop culture snapshot! You might want to check it out below before downloading the podcast!
In this podcast from Berklee Online, Nathan East shares his story. If you haven't heard the name Nathan East before, you have definitely heard his bass. He has played on upwards of 10,000 songs, many of them hits, by artists such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Bob Dylan, and thousands more! His new solo album, "Reverence" is out now!
In PT II of this podcast from Berklee Online, Prince Charles Alexander shares how he walked away from fame (but not fortune) and how Nile Rodgers helped set him on a path that would have him working hand-in-hand with Diddy, engineering iconic albums from Notorious B.I.G., Mary J Blige, and more. We also learn what led him to teach Vocal Production, Critical Listening 1, and Music Production Analysis for Berklee Online!
Prince Charles Alexander began banging on tupperware with chopsticks at the age of two, which would eventually lead him to performing for audiences of 30,000 screaming fans. In the third episode of this podcast from Berklee Online, Prince Charles shares how he came to fame that he walked away from and how Nile Rodgers helped him reinvent himself. He would later go on to become one of the top recording engineers for Bad Boy Records, and go on to teach Vocal Production, Critical Listening 1, and Music Production Analysis for Berklee Online, but you'll have to wait for PT II for his take on that!
Sarah Neufeld began playing violin at the age of three, and considers herself “half-classically trained.” In the second episode of this podcast from Berklee Online, she shares how she came to be a member of Arcade Fire, and how she and her husband Colin Stetson approach collaborating with one another.
On the first episode of this podcast from Berklee Online, Glenn Kotche, the man you know best as the drummer for Wilco, shares everything that happened in between the very first drum he destroyed—at the age of three—to his experimental solo work and how he got behind the kit, playing with Jeff Tweedy.