Berklee Online LIVE is an hour-long interactive interview series where Benji Rogers leads a discussion with extraordinary musicians and music industry insiders as guests. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions of guests.
To ask a question, simply use the hashtag #BerkleeOnlineLIVE on Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube.
Gerhard Behles co-founded the music software company Ableton in 1999 with Robert Henke and Bernd Roggendorf. Behles is currently the CEO of Ableton, and he is keen to point out that this position is his “first real job.” “I also intend for it to be my last job,” he recently told an interviewer.
Benji Rogers is a Berklee Online instructor and an independent musician who has been making his own records since 1999. In 2009, Benji founded PledgeMusic, the leading international direct-to-fan platform offering artists a unique way to engage their fans in the music making process while interacting with a global audience of music super fans, resulting in chart topping albums worldwide. In 2013, Benji was recognized on Billboard’s 40 Under 40 Power Players list and in 2014 at the MUSEXPO International Music Awards, he won Digital Executive of the Year.
Tim Quirk, Founder and CEO of Freeform, has spent the past 15 years helping build groundbreaking digital music services. He was part of the initial team at listen.com that launched Rhapsody, the first on-demand music subscription service, in 2001, and was most recently Head of Global Content Programming for Google Play. He spent much of the ’80s and ’90s as the singer and lyricist for Too Much Joy.
Ryan Leslie is a producer, songwriter, performer, and businessman who first emerged on the hip-hop scene in 2003, shortly after graduating from Harvard. He has written songs performed by the likes of Ne-Yo, Fabolous, and Cassie, and produced songs for Britney Spears, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, and more. His latest venture is SuperPhone.
Zoë Keating is a cellist and composer, but it’s more accurate to refer to her as a one-woman orchestra. For more than a decade she has used technology to sample and layer her playing into intricate soundscapes for her soundtrack work and three solo albums, which have several times reached number one on the iTunes classical chart. Zoë has played and recorded with Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer, Tears for Fears, DJ Shadow, and more.