Music is My Life

During each episode of this Berklee Online podcast, we talk to a different music industry mover and/or shaker who is making us take note. Our guests walk us through their musical journeys, beginning with their first exposure to music, continuing through their epiphanies and into their current positions, where the subjects can proclaim from the highest mountain, “MUSIC IS MY LIFE!”

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Music is My Life: Episode 033

PODCAST 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

PODCAST 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

PODCAST 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

PODCAST 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

PODCAST 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

PODCAST EPISODE 028: Red Sox and Patriots DJ TJ Connelly discusses 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

PODCAST 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

PODCAST 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

PODCAST EPISODE 025: Tanya Donelly talks 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

PODCAST 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

PODCAST 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

PODCAST EPISODE 022: Taj Mahal

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

PODCAST EPISODE 021: Marlon Williams

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

PODCAST EPISODE 020: Gary Lucas

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

PODCAST EPISODE 019: Trevor Horn

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

PODCAST EPISODE 018: Dean Ween (AKA Mickey Melchiondo)

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

PODCAST EPISODE 017: The War on Drugs Drummer Charlie Hall

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

PODCAST EPISODE 016: Mike Henderson (ENDO)

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

PODCAST EPISODE 015: Stephen Davis

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

PODCAST EPISODE 014: Jen Cloher

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

PODCAST EPISODE 013: Boston Red Sox Organist Josh Kantor

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

PODCAST EPISODE 012: Cindy Wilson of The B-52’s

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

PODCAST EPISODE 011: Lisa 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

PODCAST EPISODE 010: Music Therapist Suzanne Hanser

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

PODCAST EPISODE 009: Sam Amidon

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

PODCAST EPISODE 008: Will Dailey

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

PODCAST EPISODE 007: Leo Flynn of 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

PODCAST EPISODE 006: Divinity Roxx

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

PODCAST EPISODE 005: Gary Burton

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

PODCAST EPISODE 004: Nathan East

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

PODCAST EPISODE 003 (PT2): Prince Charles Alexander

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

PODCAST EPISODE 003 (PT1): Prince Charles Alexander

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

Podcast Episode 002: Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire

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

Music is My Life: Episode 001

PODCAST EPISODE 001: Glenn Kotche of Wilco

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.