Over spring break, Berklee students attended industry trips to L.A., Nashville, New York City, and Atlanta. Here, five students from various trips share their experiences with Berklee Blogs.
“As aptly put by one of the professionals we encountered, ‘Elsewhere, people try to cut your strings; in Atlanta, people give you ropes.’ The sense of community that we felt from Atlanta’s music scene was impossible to deny.”
“There was no escaping the profound feeling that we were standing in one of the most legendary music facilities on the planet; a living museum containing the history and relics of popular recorded music.”
“This trip not only taught me a lot about songwriting, but also more about what it means to be human and an artist, having ups and downs in life, as well as in the music industry.”
“This was not my first time visiting L.A., but it was my first time visiting anywhere with the intention of determining whether or not it was somewhere I could start a career. Yes, a week of visiting some of the world’s most influential recording studios would be a dream come true, but in the back of my mind lived a very quiet fear: ‘What if I hated living in L.A.?’”
“You can only imagine how the musical theater geek inside of me felt when I found out I was going on the Berklee on Broadway trip to New York City during spring break; sitting in on panels with artists like Laurence O’Keefe, and Broadway show musical directors Stephen Oremus (Frozen), Ben Cohen (Dear Evan Hansen), Brian Usifer (Book of Mormon).”
“We got to sit down with Berklee alumnus and composer of TV shows such as Game of Thrones and Westworld, Ramin Djawadi, who shared his insight into the industry and his daily routine as a working composer. We then got to meet the Grammy Award-winning engineer Alan Meyerson, known for mixing literally hundreds of Hollywood film scores. He also was very generous with providing insight into the industry and gave some great mixing tips for film composers.”