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Episode 8 · 1 year ago

Ep. 8 - Josh Smith '15

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To beyond O twopodcast features themany inveribln not from the Mos Latin Schoolrlemna, going to do someextraordinary things in this world and this pot cast hadlights theiraccomplishments, bussons learned throughout their career and theirexperience is a linger n e to two Westlik Ahello and welcome to anotherepisode of Beon eigt to two. My Name is Myles coin cost thwueant and fifteenand marketing n admissions associate. Today. I am here with Josh Smith, Clas,two thousand and fifteen as well, and recent graduate of Berkeley College ofMusic is that correct, yeah TAT's, the one man, that's the O, all that DudeWalke Jos to the shell athank you great so josh tell us about yourself whereyou're from where you are now and H. Anything else that you like us to knowabout you, yeah, absolutely absolut, so me and my parents are one and the sameright now back a my child, bood home after five years of being abroad lived in, I went to Berker collegemusic, like you, said up in Boston, so I spent four years living there, butsplit it up into two year increments and spent a year l a between to try topursue some mother work opportunities. But now I graduated after five yearsply the last years, but I spent four years in school when I wen Ti Boston.Originally I um. You know it was kind of a last winter decision because Ispent all my time at bl, mainly focusing on. Like you know, scienceclasses. I was fully set up to fully set up to go into premed somewhere, andI ended up not getting into my first college of choice and h that summerbefore I had actually done a summer program up in Boston at bekly and thatwas kind of what drove put Oly Heigh into my interest and then, when Ididn't get into my first couple of...

...choices. For you know setting agreementor engineering I was like you know. There's there's really no point in notgiving this a shot, and you know if a year goes by and it's really not mything. You know I can always circle back and go more traditional ratlic. Iwas planning on originally and then Yo W. I got up to Boston met. Some people started playing a lotof music up there and then Um. We ended up getting connected with a manager inLos Angeles who workd with Um bands like like smashmouth and the erythicsand stuff like that. After after two years, Um that band wekinda on a whim up and left and moved out to moved out to California. I spenta year there Kinda, you know paying my dues work. I worked at a a guitarcenter and and a fans as a sales associated you, unfortunately that bandfell through, but I still have a lot of my contacts out there. Um that I worked with and m. You know Italked to my parents and thought it would probably be the smarter thing todo to Gome back n to get a degree. So I came back after that year and justwalked Qute UNQUE. You know Y scrol across a screen for my graduation.Given these H, you know Weird Weird Weird Times but yeah, that's yeah!THAT'S A th 's! That's where I'm at now. Basically, that's really really cool.So tell me more about that year than you took off he school. How was thatexperience yeah? So, like I said when I first came up to Berkeley, I had ahadommate Um. So when I went to the summer program myroommate, there was one of my good friends to mcdonna at the time class offifteen and we both went up to do the program together and we he hit it offreally well with Um with a kid another kid at the camp who was from LagunaBeach, California, originally Um, and I we ended up kind, a all hangingout, writing music together and then my fre got ended up not goingto Berkeley this other. This other guy did and when w. When I got to theschool it was we got connected again.

We became roommates started. Writing alot of music and form Ta Band t an. I went through a couple of line upchanges, but I mean at Berkeley. That's kind of you know, that's sort of theformula you get there. You meet like a group of five people. You Mae manygroups of five people before mad different bands. That's Kindo, the youknow the tradtional route you go and M. I guess he was back home one day and hesmashmouth was one tour and he met this guy outside and they hit it off really well and then, acouple of months later he reached out and said Hay Hav got the span and werereally hitting a stride right now and the guy reached back and said that'sgreat news, because I'm actually starting a new management companylooking for up and coming artist, and he sent us this whole like itinerary ofwhat a plan would be. If we sided with him and Um, we decided very on a whim much too muchto my parents. Dismay at first I'll, be honest that I was tha. We were going to.You know, take a little break from school and pursue this opportunity, andyou K Ow, try to write her cut inso the actual industry- and we did. We we gota out et- was four of us. At the time Um we I drove a CR, I drove across country.I bought a new car like whole. Nine yards drove all the way across fromgear to to La Um, set up n any place got got got a coupleof retail jobs to you know start from the bottom as they say and Um. Westarted working, but you know once once we got out there. We realized that weweren't all quite in the in the same headspace, so about like six four tosix months and it's been a while. It's been like two years, I can't realyemember the exact amount of time, but about four to six months. Indo we justrealize is that artistically, like on the next level, above, like being acollege fan, we weren't really fit to all be um in a band together, but you know therewasn't. You know there wasn't any any...

...animosity or anything really. It wasjust not quite working out, but that sort of left me with about six monthsleft on a lease in L A and I still had the contact with the manager we wereworking with, and I met a bunch of people through him Um. So I startedtaking like freelancing gigs across acrosstown. I say the Guitar Center fora while did a lot of networking, which was great Um, one of the guys that I'd met he's anolder drammer whoas like a big studio, trummer out in L A, and he asked me if I could like set up hisstuff for sessions ecause. He was getting a little older and he couldn'treally handle the the heavy lifting anymore and he would take me to do thatand get all this stuff set up. And I actually met another Joba through him.Who happened to be a Berkley, not a Berklay grab, but I think he went forlike six semesters or something like that. Um and I ma A. I did a LE with him in hisband, a their band called Buckcherry, which is an old like southern rock bandUm, and then two months after that, he asked me Thog same guy. I guess heasked me if I wanted to like work for the band full time, because his otherguy needed to go back with his family and H so at the end of ended up movingout driving back across the country, and then I workd that summer I workedwith a like a Toring rock band on a at Ol store and everything which was areally wil person, like I'm at Itona great tone of Grat people that you know,I'm still relativelying contact with thatever beactive in the industry. Soyou know, even though purpose didn't work out. It certainly was here a year,well, step sills, jochus, honesty, incredible deed, o. You know you were literally living elife that people can only dream of at a really young age, which is incredible, and that was prior to you finishingschool as well right, yeah before finishing up so cool man, so cool. So Iremember before you were talking about how you were taking science classes andtrying to go premad. What inspired you...

...to start music and pursue thatcompletely really really curious about that. Sothere were, there were. Certainly, there was certainly a couple ofdifferent aspects, because I definitely you know you're right, like in highschool. I was especially in the early years. I started to find my nation alittle more towards the end, but I was really you know torn like my. My lifewas like okay, it's it's I'm spending. I got eight hours in school, then insan hour of music lessons after that, and then s you know straight to thegame or straight to practice, and- and that was you know it as it was equal intime spen on each one, and I a lot of the schools that I applied to. I didwith the intention of you know trying to walk on to the baseball team, atleast for the better ones and then Y, U Kno I played outside of school. Iplayed for a lot of great UM programs, baseball programs that would doshowcase tornaments and try to you know, I'm sure Y. I know you did the wholecollege across Rourout, Soi'm sure you're familiar with the whole process,Um Ye, I sa a Yhman, so I was Y. I was Heav' veryheavily involved in in that, and you know goingto different prospect camps,and you know I did like a highlight reel with a baseball factory and alland all this stuff, and when I, the summer of my junior year, I believe itwas. I was set to play with this great programm they're called diggin baseball,they're down sort of in DC, but that was also the summer that I was mentionnbefore that I did the the summer program at Berkeley, and that was athat was a five week program so that ate up a pretty good chunk of thesummer and Um. We I did that and I coand only playlike one tournament or something that entire summer, as opposed to like theseven that they had scheduled, and you know I just remember...

...enjoyment level when I was at baseball. Brackis verseswhen I was completely immersed in the music environment was just drastically different for me, and Ijust I felt myself being ulike dismorking insistently like happy andmore driven. You know less, obviously everything hasits ups and downs, butless like all rright. You know when is this going to be over like Ol thinglike thank God like that, you know stresses over not that you know yetbaseball honestly, like I certainly miss you know my times, onfarselybaseball. That was that was that was certainly a SPECI special group of guyswe had Um, but you know I I was just you know. I felt like the rigidenvironment on a sports team wasn't really a good place for me to be mentally versus. You know themore you know, free creative environment that that I found in the professional quote:Unquote: Music, music, environment and- and I actually I had a family friendvisime when I was at Burgley dead summer- and you said something like yea.You know all like the baseball tournaments Thad, you know come seenyou play at or, like you know, different events whatever they might be.You know this is the first time I've seen you like, really like activelypassionate about it like telling telling me about it. So you know thatwas that was I was like okay. You know, I definitely need to reply and, like Isaid earlier, you know I applied early decision to Upenn to try to get in forpremed, and then I applied to two lane which I did I did get into, but Iwasn't didn't get the SCA ship. I quite hoped for an I was kind o like you, Knothinkthis is a sign. I think I should give this a shop right. Rightand Um,you know with you choosing Berkeley H. You probably had an incredibleexperience there right. Absolutely man, absolutely I mean you know. Berkeleysis very um non traditional in terms of experience. Like college experience,you know, there's no, there's no Greek life. It's you know. The campus isliterally just an intersection in...

Backbay Boston M. There's not much. Youknow, like the social scene is not reallythat existent, like it's kind of it blunds into Boston and there's notreally spaces to have you know big gatherings or anything 'cause. It'sagain, you know it's urban, so there's not much land around it. So you know it's it's a depending on how I guess important.That is t. It is excuse me how portant that type of experiences to some people.You know it's definitely like like being at Berkeley. I don't reallyconsider it being in college. I guess is what I'm trying to say like it wasyes as college, but it certainly felht a lot more like a working environmentbecause I found even like you know the stuff I would do for fun, you know wasnot very collegy stuff, you know would be once a jamp that one going to a barto watch the ravens gare or something with a bunch of people in their forties.You know W at I mean so it aexposure to to urban, living and being in aprofessional environment. For sure- and you know that's you know it's asacrifice, but I think it's one. That's certainly going to serve me. Well, youknow moving forward. Gos is so cool and I'm so happy that you had thatexperience in college. So transition to you know this year andyour future. What do you have to plan so m? Actually,the guy that I was working without in l a like towards the end of my time. Hewe both kind of discovered how into electronic music we both wore, becausethat was one of my majors. A At school was like sound design and electronicproduction. I and that kind, O s wewere and he's really into that stuff too. SoAC upon my leaving, he decided that he wanted to. You know, spend time with me writingand work on that sort of music. So I' I'm working a lot with him like backand forth over the airwaves trying to get some demos done Um. You knoweventually get like an EPS worth of music out we're still pretty earlypretty early on n that...

I'e finished up a Songke a couple ofweeks ago that he's finalizing now, I'm also Initin Tha, also just working al stuffthat I can use the poorfolio anter, whether it be like you know, for forrecord labels or just for a sound designd companies, or something likethat. 'cause alternately like I'd like to get into a position like that,because you know those are those are pretty good jobs if you can work yourway up in the world, so i wanna you know I'm working on beefing upafortfolio of sound design, a music pr objects m. In terms of drumming, thoughI actually I'm waiting a response, I'm probably going to get into a teachingpretty soon around the area, because, that's pretty you know, that's prettyaccessible and definitely doable for someone fresh out of school. Oh Yeah, yeah, I'm wor like have a acouple r couple of things, I'm looking at in DC and then I'm also playinglocally live with them. It's a dude named Hi Name's, Tony Shuto, and helives he lives here, but he has a R, relatively earlest had a nationalpresence. At one point he um used to tour with like the Little River Bandand Oh and some guy and guys like yeah, so we're I've been we don't. Youknow we haven't done any Toring, but I'm playing I'm in his in his life andwith M with a couple of other dus. So that, hopefully we ants thing sopen upagain do. That is amazing, and I wish you thebest of luck with that for sure. So, with you being a class of twentytwenty graduate. Obviously this year has not been normal, so would you happen to have any advicefor the class of O thusand and Twenty Atte transithion into college andlearning more about themselves and trying to find their nices absolutelyman? So the first thing I want to say is that I know it's reallydisappointing that you know this is not...

...a very traditional graduation um traditional graduation yere, but at thesame time the likelihood of it happening this way ever again is isquite low, so t a so. That being said, I you know I at first like I wasdisappointed because I had like a whole antorage that was going to come up withme to Boston and like be at the graduation D, we were going to stay ata big like hotel and, just like you know, hang out celebrate all weekend.Obviously that couldn't happen, but but the he point I'm trying to say is thatyou know I, if you're graduating this year W. I think you should relish inthe fact about how historic this is, and you know that, even though it's youknow certainly not a positive thing, it is historicand. You know you poin class,O twueand and twenty o. You know, that' e conversation started to say the least,so that's pretty cool but um. You know it was funny asked that questionaxtally I was. I was around campus, not like. I want to say, like you know,three or four weeks ago, and I I ran into a bunch of kids that weregraduating in the class Ot, twenty twenty and UH. You know I got the gotto hear some of their insight on on how how they were how they werefeeling with it. But you know, I think I think, a lot of the Um, the remote uh UH learning that we've been doing andthe own line processes for lack of a better term. I think a'r teaching USEraer too, and I think it's goingto open up a whole new Um. You KnowCollege Environment and Work Environment, so you know for R peoplegraduating high school, especially this year. I think I think Um College tcollege experience s woant to be different and I honestly think that'ssomething to be excited about. So you know definitely heads held high movingforward. You know, don't I don't want N W. I don't think anybody should feellike they're missing out on anything. You know it's. I think it's importantto look out. Look at Um. This is you know innovative or you knowunique or no experience that you know will eventually have you know a lot ofbenefits having haven't gone through it yeah man. I completely agree with youand you know this has definitely been a...

...pretty interesting year, but um I'mexcited to see what is in store for the future, so yeah. That concludes this week'sepisode of beyond Etwo. Two. Thank you to everyone. Listening and a big thankyou to Josh Smith, class, thusand and fifteen m. We wish you the best of luckin your music career and we will definitely be keeping up with you mhave a great rescue week, everyone and, as always, go Lakers to be on totwopodcast features the many inceabn. I NOT ROM the BOS. Latin Schools Ri'm notgoing to do some extraordinary things in this world and this pot cathadlights their accomplishments, bustons learned throughout their careerand their experience s a linger n. He to two Westlia.

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