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Recording with Prince: An Interview with Susan Rogers from Berklee Online


An average day for Prince was anything but average.

A photo of engineer and Berklee Online course author Susan Rogers

Susan Rogers/Photo by John Davenport

Susan Rogers—a course author for Berklee Online’s new Master of Music in Music Production degree—worked as Prince’s staff engineer from 1983-1987.

“I had been with Prince over four years, and as you might imagine, I think I did 15 years worth of work in that time period because of the number of hours,” she says.

In this video, Rogers details what those hours were filled with: recording, writing, putting on impromptu shows, and doing it all over again after only about three hours of sleep.

“It was such an extraordinary time,” she says. “We were up there on Mount Everest, breathing really thin air.”

About the Master Track Series: Berklee Online is celebrating the instructors of their brand new master’s degree programs with a series of animated videos. The videos will roll over the next few months as the application deadline approaches for the two master’s degree programs: a Master of Music in Music Production and Master of Arts in Music Business. This video series not only shares compelling stories but also shines a spotlight on these Berklee instructors who have made great contributions to the music industry. Their talent, experience, and knowledge is priceless and is now accessible to post-graduate students accepted into Berklee Online’s master’s degree programs. To learn more about how to apply, visit online.berklee.edu/apply.

Berklee Online is the online extension school of Berklee College of Music, delivering access to Berklee’s acclaimed curriculum from anywhere in the world. Berklee Online's award-winning online courses, multi-course certificate programs, and Bachelor of Professional Studies degree are accredited and taught by the college's world-renowned faculty, providing lifelong learning opportunities to people interested in music and working in the music industry.
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