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Songwriter Bruce Sudano as photographed in 2021 by Amy Waters.

Bruce Sudano on Turning Brooklyn Dreams into Reality with Donna Summer

Bruce Sudano has written songs that have been sung by Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, and his late wife, Donna Summer, including the disco hit “Bad Girls.”

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José González on Secular Humanism, ‘Local Valley,’ and Lyrical Inspiration

​​José González used to have difficulty writing lyrics, but with his new studio album, “Local Valley,” he has tapped into new sources of inspiration.

Zombies Singer Colin Blunstone on His Career ‘Odessey’ and the ‘Time of the Season’ for Playing Live Again

Colin Blunstone started singing with the Zombies at the age of 16. They broke up shortly after releasing their 1968 masterpiece, “Odessey and Oracle,” but reformed in 2000, and have been going strong ever since.

Don Letts

Don Letts on the Culture Clash of Punk and Reggae and ‘There and Black Again’

Don Letts introduced punks in the 1970s UK scene to reggae, kind of. He was a good friend of Bob Marley, sort of. He is the embodiment of punk’s ethos of empowerment, freedom, and individuality, totally!

Butch Vig on Recording Drums, New Garbage Album, and Producing Nirvana

You know Butch Vig as the drummer and producer of Garbage, or the producer of mammoth 1990s recordings from Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. But there is a lot more to him than that. For one, he has been playing with most of the people he makes music with for nearly 40 years.

Sly and Robbie Drummer Sly Dunbar on Revolutionizing Reggae Drums

If you’ve heard any reggae music in your entire life then you’ve heard Sly Dunbar’s drumming, or at the very least, his influence. As one half of Sly and Robbie, Sly says he’s probably played on a million songs.

Anna Bulbrook discusses her life in music in this podcast.

Anna Bulbrook on Toxic Violin, Kanye West Epiphanies, and Girlschool

Anna Bulbrook began studying violin at four. She quit at the age of 21, but then changed the terms of the relationship after a gig with Kanye West, and went on to become a founding member of the Airborne Toxic Event.

Ethiopian musician Hailu Mergia

Hailu Mergia on Walias Band, Dahlak Band, and Fleeing Ethiopia

Hailu Mergia is an accordionist, keyboardist, and bandleader from Ethiopia, where he played with Walias Band and Dahlak Band before defecting to the US.

Margo Nahas and Jay Vigon on Making Album Covers for Prince, Van Halen, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac

Margo Nahas and Jay Vigon are partners in life, love, and business, and have designed classic album covers by iconic acts like Fleetwood Mac and Prince. The pair discuss what it was like to work with these artists as well as how they met, why they moved from LA to Iowa, and the secret to a long-lasting partnership.

Kamilah Marshall on Broadway Credits (Rent, Lion King, Hairspray) and Starting Berklee Online with BFFs

Kamilah Marshall discusses Broadway roles, touring with Bette Midler, Matthew Morrison from Glee, and going back to school.