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Berklee and Beyond at SXSW 2016

Curtis Killian, Web Content Producer for Berklee’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Institutional Advancement, spent a few days at SXSW in Austin to capture the Berklee experience there, including performances from alumni and student bands. 

Day 1, Wednesday March 16

Caught Mexican pop sensation Jesse & Joy at The Spotify House . The brother/sister duo’s album ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro? and its songs won four 2012 Latin Grammys, including awards for Berklee alumni Gustavo Borner ’89 (Engineer/mixer/mastering) for album of the year  and songwriter Tommy Torres ’93 for song of the year on behalf of the group.
Jesse and Joy at the Spotify House, SXSW 2016 (photo by Curtis Killian)

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SXSW is crawling with Berklee bands

SXSW is always always a hotbed of activity for alumni and student bands from Berklee and this year is no exception.  Scouring the Official SXSW showcases and parties, and Unofficial shows happening all over Austin, I spotted at least 60 bands/artists that include alumni or students. That means the real number is probably way higher. Of course, among these were the bands that played Berklee’s Seventh Annual Official SXSW Party on the Friday of SXSW Music. Check out videos from the show!

While putting on Berklee’s party is fun, it means we had to miss many alumni bands that were playing at the same exact time, including Dirty Dishes, Lost in the Trees, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Zambri, Sydney Wayser, Zorch, Sarah Blacker, Gentlemen Hall, Kishi Bashi, and more. Fortunately, before and after Berklee’s party, I did get a chance to check out some other alumni bands around the  festival.

OldJack: Dan Nicklin (center) and alumni Jason Meeker (left) and Ryan Peters (right)

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Life is good Kids Foundation and BCM in Haiti – 3

Day 4 was our last day tracking vocals.  We recorded 3 tunes today, and now have all ten.  Tomorrow will be designated to recording overdubs.  The special treat for today was recording a 30 piece childrens choir.  The choir is associated with is Haiti Partners, Directed by Alex Myril and we recorded in its founders home.

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Life is good Kids Foundation and BCM in Haiti – 2

Day three was a continuation of the work flow of day two.  Our studio schedule is 9am – 4pm every day; we end up eating lunch at 4:30pm and never step outside.

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Life is good Kids Foundation and BCM in Haiti – 1

How does on prepare for a trip to Haiti?  There are shots, articles, conversations you have with people that have and have not been there…. How does one prepare for producing artists you have never met before?  Listen to their music, try to catch their vibe, email, skype, and learn their tunes.

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