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Music is My Life: Episode 045

Martha Reeves on ‘Dancing in the Street,’ the Vandellas Name, the Motown Sound, and 50+ Years in the Music Business

Martha Reeves reflects on the timeless appeal of “Dancing in the Street,” how the social movements of the 1960s compare to today’s Black Lives Matter movement, as well as her storied career with Motown.

Music is My Life: Episode 044

Janet Billig Rich on Management (Nirvana, Hole) and Music Supervision (‘Rock of Ages,’ ‘Moulin Rouge’), and More

Janet Billig Rich discusses her long career in the music business, which started in merch sales, grew to an internship at Caroline (where she signed Hole), led to a career in management (where she managed acts like Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr.) and now has settled into music supervision.

Vanessa Carlton's latest album is "Love Is an Art."
Music is My Life: Episode 043

Vanessa Carlton on ‘Love Is An Art,’ Pandemics, Psychedelics, and Stevie Nicks

Vanessa Carlton engages in a candid discussion about the seedy underbelly of the music industry, why followups to “A Thousand Miles” were more successful than some of the men on her team wanted her to believe, and why “Love Is An Art” marks a new beginning for her.

Music is My Life: Episode 042

Jungle Giants Singer Sam Hales on the Importance of Vibing with Bandmates

Sam Hales of Jungle Giants on taking the reins of his band, working two jobs to make an EP, and learning to trust your instinct.

Music is My Life: PODCAST EPISODE 041

Eddy Grant on Arriving at ‘Electric Avenue’ by Heart Problems, Lost Luggage, and More

Eddy Grant began his career in the 1960s with the Equals, and 20 years later he made some of the biggest hits of his life, like “Electric Avenue” and “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” by fusing rock, reggae, and elements of electronic music. He continues to pioneer new sounds like soca and ringbang.

Music is My Life: PODCAST EPISODE 040

Lisa Loeb on the Ability to ‘Stay’ Working in an Ever-Changing Music Industry

Lisa Loeb discusses three decades in the music business, and how she was able to turn her initial success into a dozen different endeavors.

Music is My Life: PODCAST EPISODE 039

M. Ward on ‘Migration Stories,’ Collaborating with Zooey Deschanel in She & Him, Songwriting, and Cheap Guitars

Matt Ward shares how a Beatles songbook and a closeted $25 guitar helped define his path as a musician, a journey which has led to create the poignant new M. Ward album, ‘Migration Stories.’

Music is My Life: Episode 038

Black Belt Eagle Scout on How Working as a Booker Helped Prepare Her for a Deal with Saddle Creek

Katherine Paul (AKA Black Belt Eagle Scout) discusses growing up on the Swinomish Indian Reservation in Washington state, and the changes that happened after she discovered Madonna, emo music, and how to put on a great show.

Music is My Life: Episode 037

Ron Pope Talks ‘A Drop in the Ocean,’ ‘One Grain of Sand,’ and Massive Streaming Numbers

Ron Pope discusses his new album, as well as his smash, “A Drop in the Ocean,” and a whole lot more.

Music is My Life: Episode 036

Spider Stacy Talks Pogues, Playing with Lost Bayou Ramblers of New Orleans, ‘A Fairytale of New York,’ and More

Spider Stacy met Shane MacGowan at a Ramones gig in England when they were both teens. Shortly after, they formed the Pogues, which meant Spider had to learn to play the tin whistle pretty quickly.

Music is My Life: Episode 035

Andy Stack Talks Expanded Wye Oak Live Band, Joyero Side-Project, Everclear Covers, and More

You may know Andy Stack as one half of the duo Wye Oak, along with Jenn Wasner. But he’s also one whole of Joyero, whose debut came out on Merge in 2019. He talks about his solo project and the future for Wye Oak.

Music is My Life: Episode 034

Soul Rebels Talk New Orleans, High Profile Collaborations, and Challenging What it Means to be a Brass Band

Lumar LeBlanc, Julian Gosin, and Marcus Hubbard, three generations of the New Orleans band Soul Rebels discuss hometown sounds, what it’s like to keep a band together for 30 years, and backing up the likes of Katy Perry, Nas, and Metallica.

Music is My Life: Episode 033

Ritzy Bryan of Joy Formidable Talks Music Business, Relationships, and Finding Her Sound

Ritzy Bryan of the Joy Formidable discusses why her Welsh heritage is so important to her music, how her time on Atlantic Records helped inform her understanding of the music business, and how her guitar acrobatics hurt her Fender as well as the forehead of Joy Formidable bassist Rhydian Dafydd. 

Music is My Life: Episode 032

Jon Kull on Orchestrating Some of Hollywood’s Biggest Blockbuster Movies

You know who Jon Kull is, even if you don’t know that you know who he is. You’ve heard his orchestrations in films like all of the “Hunger Games” movies, “King Kong,” “Avatar,” “Black Panther,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” and so many more.

Music is My Life: Episode 031

Songwriter Bonnie Hayes on Sexism, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Bonnie Hayes talks songwriting for Bonnie Raitt (and winning a Grammy for it), touring with Bob Seger, playing keys for Billy Idol, and being blown away by the Sex Pistols in 1978, and how all of that led to her coming to teach at Berklee College of Music and Berklee Online.

Music is My Life: Episode 030

Songwriter Chip Taylor Discusses ‘Wild Thing,’ Hendrix, ‘Angel of the Morning,’ Shaggy, and More

Chip Taylor wrote “Wild Thing.” He really doesn’t need to write any more songs. But that doesn’t mean he’s showing any signs of stopping. He’s got a new album out, and is eager to discuss everything leading up to this moment on this edition of the Music Is My Life podcast.

Music is My Life: Episode 029

Evan Dando of the Lemonheads Talks Songwriting, Guitar Preferences, and That Simon & Garfunkel Song That He Doesn’t Hate Anymore

Evan Dando has been releasing music for more than 30 years, reaching a commercial high point in the early and mid 90s with the Lemonheads albums “It’s a Shame about Ray” and “Come on Feel the Lemonheads.”

Music is My Life: Episode 028

Red Sox and Patriots DJ TJ Connelly on Playing Music for the Masses

TJ Connelly is the DJ for the 2018 World Series Champs, the Boston Red Sox, the 2019 Super Bowl Champs, the New England Patriots, and more recently the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics. He got his start as a DJ at a comedy club!

Music is My Life: Episode 027

Tony Trischka Talks Banjo, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, Earl Scruggs, Steve Martin, and Bruce Springsteen

Tony Trischka’s list of collaborators includes Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, Earl Scruggs, and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, so it’s no surprise that he has been called “perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world.” 

Music is My Life: Episode 026

Darlene Love Talks Holidays, Phil Spector, and ‘20 Feet from Stardom’

Whether you know Darlene Love from her smash hit, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on the Phil Spector holiday album, or from her profile in the film, “20 Feet From Stardom,” this Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is a force to be reckoned with.

Music is My Life: Episode 025

Tanya Donelly on Belly, Breeders, and Throwing Muses

Tanya Donelly discusses her life in music, including her beginnings with Throwing Muses and the Breeders, and her major breakthrough with Belly, a band she’s currently enjoying a reunion with.

Music is My Life: Episode 024

Ben Vaughn Talks Television Scoring, Production, and Songwriting

Ben Vaughn is best known for his work on That 70s Show, but he also has extensive experience in production and songwriting.

Music is My Life: Episode 023

Andrew Joslyn Talks Violin, Orchestration, Macklemore, Money, and More

After a violin-heavy childhood, Andrew Joslyn ditched classical music and began scoring massive hits for Kesha, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and more.

Music is My Life: Episode 022

Taj Mahal on Working with Everybody from Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones to Bob Marley

Taj Mahal has spent his 50-year career bending genres to his own signature style. His work includes moving explorations in jazz, funk, reggae, country, rock ‘n’ roll, and more.

Music is My Life: Episode 021

Marlon Williams on Finding American Country Music in New Zealand

In the US, you probably know Marlon Williams for his contribution to the “Wild Wild Country” soundtrack. But in New Zealand, you know him for his consistent output of great music since his teen years.

Music is My Life: Episode 020

Gary Lucas on Playing with Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley

Gary Lucas is best known for playing with Captain Beefheart in the 1980s, and Jeff Buckley in the 1990s. But that’s only a fraction of his accomplishments.

Music is My Life: Episode 019

Trevor Horn Talks Music Production, Buggles, Yes, and Berklee Bass Lessons

Trevor Horn is not only a co-writer of “Video Killed the Radio Star” and a producer of mega-hits for Yes, John Legend, ABC, and more. He’s also a Berklee Online student!

Music is My Life: Episode 018

Dean Ween (AKA Mickey Melchiondo) on the Guitarists the Shaped Him

If the name Michael Melchiondo does not ring a bell, it’s because he is known professionally by his stage name of Dean Ween. Click to check out what Deaner was talking about. (That’s a Ween reference!)

Music is My Life: Episode 017

The War on Drugs Drummer Charlie Hall on Vocal Harmony and Helping Realize Adam Granduciel’s Vision

The War on Drugs drummer Charlie Hall discusses his musical upbringing, Grammy competition, and the importance of a grade school teacher on his development.

Music is My Life: Episode 016

DJ Mike Henderson (ENDO) on Learning to DJ with Traktor and the DJs that Shaped Him

Mike Henderson (also known as ENDO) is a DJ who has pioneered harmonic mixing, developed DJ-friendly apps, worked in tour management for other DJs, and developed Berklee Online’s first DJ course.

Music is My Life: Episode 015

Stephen Davis on Writing about Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Stevie Nicks, and More

Stephen Davis has written nearly 20 books about music, including the Led Zeppelin book, “Hammer of the Gods” and the brand new “Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks.”

Music is My Life: Episode 014

Jen Cloher on Songwriting and Playing Music with Partner Courtney Barnett

Jen Cloher has been releasing music to critical acclaim in Australia for more than a decade, but is only now receiving the international attention she deserves.

Music is My Life: Episode 013

Boston Red Sox Organist Josh Kantor on How Playing Fenway Park Led to Playing with His Heroes

Josh Kantor has been playing the organ at Fenway Park since 2003, and he hasn’t missed a single home game since.

Music is My Life: Episode 012

Cindy Wilson of the B-52’s Talks Solo Debut, ‘Rock Lobster,’ and More

After 40 years in the music business, as one of the leaders of the B-52’s, Cindy Wilson is finally releasing her solo debut! “Change,” on the Kill Rock Stars label marks a drastic, er, um, change.

Music is My Life: Episode 011

Lisa Roth on Rockabye Baby Series and Growing up with Van Halen’s David Lee Roth

Lisa Roth’s first job at a record label was as a nutritionist! She eventually invented a wildly successful series of musical releases that would make baby showers a lot more fun.

Music is My Life: Episode 010

Music Therapist Suzanne Hanser on Music for Wellness

Dr. Suzanne Hanser discusses her illustrious career in music therapy, and how her profession brought her back to Boston to teach at Berklee College of Music.

Music is My Life: Episode 009

Sam Amidon on Reimagining Folk Music with ‘The Following Mountain’

Music is Sam Amidon’s life. He’s been playing professionally since he was a little kid. We have proof! And that proof is adorable.

Music is My Life: Episode 008

Will Dailey on Crowdfunding, and Getting Music Placed on TV

Will Dailey has sold his car for rock ‘n’ roll! In this edition of Music Is My Life, he talks about his current crowdfunding campaign.

Music is My Life: Episode 007

Leo Flynn on Vitamin String Quartet and Rockabye Baby

Leo Flynn is the brand manager for the Vitamin String Quartet, the group best known for recreating classical-style versions of popular songs.

Music is My Life: Episode 006

Divinity Roxx on Playing Bass with Beyoncé and Victor Wooten

Best known for her work as the bassist in Beyoncé’s all-female band, Divinity Roxx is now furthering her musical education with Berklee Online.

Music is My Life: Episode 005

Gary Burton on Retirement, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, and the Animosity of Miles Davis

Jazz legend Gary Burton discusses his life in music, just as he is about to walk away from it. His farewell tour—featuring Makoto Ozone—begins in March.

Music is My Life: Episode 004

Nathan East on Playing Bass with Absolutely Everyone

If you haven’t heard the name Nathan East before, you’ve heard his bass. He’s played on upwards of 10,000 songs by the likes of Beyoncé, MJ, Lionel, Clapton, Phil Collins, and thousands more!

Music is My Life: Episode 003b

Prince Charles Alexander on Transitioning to Bad Boy Entertainment

In PT II of this podcast, Prince Charles Alexander shares how he walked away from fame (but not fortune) and how his path eventually led to Diddy, and engineering iconic albums.

Music is My Life: Episode 003a

Prince Charles Alexander on Bringing the Funk

Berklee Online professor Prince Charles Alexander shares how he came to fame that he walked away from and how Nile Rodgers and Diddy helped him reinvent himself.

Music is My Life: Episode 002

Sarah Neufeld on Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre, and Collaborating with Husband Colin Stetson

Sarah Neufeld began playing violin at the age of three, and considers herself “half-classically trained.”

Music is My Life: Episode 001

Glenn Kotche Talks Wilco, Solo Projects, and Soundtrack Work

Music is Glenn Kotche’s life. From the age of three through his study of classical percussion in college to playing with Wilco, music has always been a part of this drummer’s narrative. Hear his story.