Career Jam 2021 Career Jam 2021

Production

Friday, April 2, 2021

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Behind the Music with Adam Blackstone
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Adam Blackstone
Adam Blackstone
Music Director, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show (Shakira and Jennifer Lopez)
Danielle "Queen D." Scott B.M. ’02
Danielle "Queen D." Scott B.M. ’02
Berklee College of Music, Assistant Chair of Ensembles

Ever wonder what it takes to go from being the bass player to becoming an Emmy-nominated music director and Grammy-nominated writer? Adam Blackstone, the musical mastermind behind your favorite live shows, such as Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Eminem, and the Super Bowl Halftime Show, will take you behind the scenes.

Moderated by: Danielle "Queen D." Scott, Assistant Chair of Ensembles


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Career Jam Keynote Presentation: With Keynote Speaker H.E.R.
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H.E.R.
H.E.R.
Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist
Jeanine McLean
Jeanine McLean
MBK Entertainment Inc., President/Managing Partner
Alonzo Harris
Alonzo Harris
Musical Director/Arranger
Swagg R’Celious
Swagg R’Celious
Songwriter and Producer
Sean Skeete B.M. ’04
Sean Skeete B.M. ’04
Berklee College of Music, Chair of Ensembles

Join us for this year’s keynote presentation with MBK Entertainment Inc. president/managing partner Jeanine McLean; songwriter and producer Swagg R’Celious; musical director Alonzo Harris; and our special guest keynote speaker H.E.R. This event will be moderated by Sean Skeete, chair of the Ensembles Department. 

Taking an artist from obscurity to fame is no small task. Hear from the team living the dream right now and learn how they created a family-style environment that fosters creativity.

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Songwriting and Production Open Session: Unpacking the Process
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Rice N' Peas
Rice N' Peas
Bazzi feat. Camila Cabello, Lennon Stella, Hailee Steinfeld, Producers
Will Wells B.M. ’11
Will Wells B.M. ’11
Songwriter, Producer, Performer
Jonathan Perkins B.M. ’00
Jonathan Perkins B.M. ’00
Berklee College of Music, Assistant Chair of Songwriting

These Grammy-nominated songwriters, producers, and engineers behind Bazzi and Camila Cabello, Logic, Jason Derulo, and Hamilton will open their sessions to provide students with insight into the elements that make the magic happen.  

Moderated by: Jonathan Perkins '00, Assistant Chair of Songwriting

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Staying on the Cutting Edge of Social Media
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Olivia Rudensky
Olivia Rudensky
Head of Marketing and Digital for Miley Cyrus, Maverick Management
Fadia Kader
Fadia Kader
Clubhouse, Media Partnerships and Creators
Sarah Michaelson
Sarah Michaelson
City Media Entertainment, Brand Partnerships/Social Media
Isabel Quinteros
Isabel Quinteros
TikTok, Music Partnerships/Artist Relations
Walter Smith III '02
Walter Smith III '02
Berklee College of Music, Chair of Woodwinds

As the social media landscape continues to evolve, meet the experts who are navigating the platforms on behalf of artists and brands such as Miley Cyrus, L’oréal, Sephora, and Uber, and those who are behind the curtain, working at the leading tech companies innovating on behalf of artist promotion.

Moderated by: Walter Smith III, Chair of Woodwinds

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Adventures in Music for Video Games
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Adam Burgess B.M. ’14
Adam Burgess B.M. ’14
Blizzard Entertainment, Composer
SungHa Hong B.M. ’20
SungHa Hong B.M. ’20
ArenaNet, Associate Sound Designer
Matteo Stronati B.M. ’11
Matteo Stronati B.M. ’11
Riot Games, Audio Director
Gina Zdanowicz
Gina Zdanowicz
Berklee College of Music, Associate Professor, Film Scoring; Composer and Sound Designer
Chase Bethea
Chase Bethea
Video Game Composer & Sound Designer
Michele Darling
Michele Darling
Berklee College of Music, Assistant Chair of Electronic Production and Design

It only takes a few seconds of playing your favorite game on mute to realize how important sound and music are when it comes to creating a captivating experience. Hear from top video game audio professionals, sound designers, and composers who have worked on titles that include League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Guild Wars 2, Jurassic World VR Expedition, and more.  

Moderated by: Michele Darling, Assistant Chair of Electronic Production and Design

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The Art of A&R
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Derrick Aroh
Derrick Aroh
RCA Records, Vice President of A&R
Amanda Samii B.M. ’09
Amanda Samii B.M. ’09
Capitol Records, Senior Vice President of A&R
Derek Cournoyer
Derek Cournoyer
Kobalt Music, Senior Director of Synch and Business Development
Lanre Gaba
Lanre Gaba
Atlantic Records, General Manager/Senior Vice President of Urban A&R
Yvonne Drazan
Yvonne Drazan
PeerMusic, Vice President, Latin Division
Tina Davis
Tina Davis
Empire Inc., Vice President of A&R
Bonnie Hayes
Bonnie Hayes
Berklee College of Music, Chair of Songwriting
Prince Charles Alexander
Prince Charles Alexander
Berklee College of Music, Professor, Music Production and Engineering

Meet the executives responsible for talent scouting and overseeing the career development of artists, songwriters, and producers, including Childish Gambino, Marshmello, Pabllo Vittar, and many others. Learn how the A&R role is different if you’re at a record label or a music publisher.

Moderated by: Bonnie Hayes, Chair of Songwriting, and Prince Charles Alexander, Professor in the Music Production and Engineering Department.