I think Berklee College of Music had the highest dropout rate of any college – or pretend college – in the United States. Because I think most people think they’re going to be in Green Day or whatever, and you actually have to learn about music you don’t care for, too. I mean, I cared for a great deal of music; it’s just that I didn’t want to submerge myself into the well of fusion jazz.
I knew I wanted to do something with music; I just didn’t know what the fuck I was going to do! It was funny, because Emerson College – the communications school – was right next to Berklee, and I had a lot of friends who went there, and I found myself just gravitating towards this communications school and hanging out, helping people on projects, helping edit, writing music for projects, acting, and doing these fun things. At one point, I was, like, “I think I’m in the wrong school!” I was just more interested in movies and writing and stuff like that. And, you know, they had a great placement program. They would get you an internship or you’d be a production assistant on a TV show immediately after college. And, at Berklee, they had a bulletin board where it was, like, someone’s getting married or there’s a bar mitzvah and you could maybe audition to be a rhythm guitar player for some 13-year-old kid’s party. And that’s it. That was it. There was no future in that. And, also, I just didn’t want to be in post-production, either. Because I was very interested in doing film scoring stuff, and I had actually gotten some internships through some other friends – not through Berklee! – for jingle houses in Manhattan, and I did that for a summer. But, again, I was just, like, “I’m too much of a control freak to be completely in post-production!”
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