Chicago - GRAMMY U Breaking Into The Business With Elliot Bergman

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  • Photo: Kristin Klimas
  • Photo: Kristin Klimas

By: Austin Godwin / GRAMMY U Chicago Student Representative

On May 16, 2017 GRAMMY U members gathered at the beautiful VSOP Studios – thanks to owner and head Producer/Engineer, Matt Hennessey. While at the studio, we listened to Chicago Chapter Governor Elliot Bergman speak about his experience in the music industry. Elliot is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and artist who lives and works in Chicago. In 2012, he started Wild Belle with his sister Natalie Bergman. They released their debut album, Isles, on Columbia Records in 2013, and their follow up album Dreamland released earlier this spring.  Bergman has also contributed to recordings or performed with Iron and Wine, His Name is Alive, Janka Nabay, Yeasayer, Congotronics, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Major Lazer.

Elliot was extremely honest and shared many of his personal experiences in the industry. He spoke about his musical beginnings at school in Ann Arbor, MI as well as his fascination with music technology. We opened the floor to talk about his record deal with Columbia and how it combined with his artistic vision and creativity. The conversation was far from dull; Elliot had a story for each question that was asked. And to top things off, Elliot even brought some of his own music tech. He connected a soda can to a live-looping machine, manipulated the audio and made a musical beat out of the crackling can. Elliot went on to talk about the inspiring ability that musicians have in this day and age – music technology is continually getting better and better as time goes on.

As we wrapped things up, GU members had many questions to ask. Elliot happily answered all our questions before we closed out for the night. Thanks to Elliot, GU members left the event with more first-hand knowledge about the music industry.

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