What It's Like To Go To Berklee College Of Music...And Much More!

Interview With The Band 'Art Decade'

After talking with Art Decade, I learned a lot about what it's like to be in the shoes of a band where all the members actively attend a music college. 

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I interviewed Ben Talmi (vocals, guitar, string arrangements) & Jamie Walters (drums) about their experiences. They had a lot of wonderful things to share.

Here are some things we talk about in the above interview:

  • How Ben makes a mean "Huevos Rancheros" breakfast dish (and what that is).
  • The making of their music video, "Western Sunrise", which took over 6 months to make (it's animated like an oil painting).
  • What it's like to arrange strings for the Manchester Orchestra.
  • Art Decade's best live performance experience.
  • What made Ben want to go to Berklee in the first place, and how the band met there.
  • The top benefits of going to Berklee College of Music.
  • How too much music education can hurt you (and benefit you) musically.
  • Finding yourself musically in a sea of creative talent, where many people are as talented, if not more talented than you.
  • Why Richard Evans is Art Decade's favorite professor at Berklee.
  • How bringing the volume of your music lower can make things get more emotional than ever.
  • How often a professional band practices.
  • Why you should let the art take over every area of your life (and the negative effects of that decision)
  • Why they bicker as a band, and what they refuse to bicker about.
  • The one big problem with recording your music at Berklee (Hint: It's really important!)
  • Art Decade's process for recording their music.
  • 2 things that they've learned from recording (as opposed to just practicing and playing).
  • Art Decade's plan for managing their finances.
  • Opinions on the Dirty Projectors album (Swing Lo Magellan), as well as Fiona Apple, and Pitchfork.com.

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