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The Key to Success In The Music Industry

Building Effective Communication Through Genuine Relationships & Cultural Understanding 

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The Key is a first of its kind research-based book which explores the best ways to build arguably the most important skills to have a successful career in the music industry - communication skills. 

The Key surveyed nearly 200 professionals in the music industry from Oscar and Grammy award winners, CEO’s, artists with 200K+ followers, professors at institutions such as Berklee College of Music, to the music departments of Bungie and Blizzard, and much more.

These music industry leaders represent unique cultural backgrounds from around the world hailing from nations such as India, Ukraine, Lebanon, France, Spain, Nigeria, Brazil, the US, and dozens more from every continent. 

Authors & artists Eli Slavkin and Kris Ramakrishna now provide a comprehensive and engaging book filled with stories, humor, quotes, and analysis which takes into account factors related to culture from their cutting-edge research on how to take your career in music to the next level.

All of the following institutions have awarded (and/or festivals participated in) by multiple professionals who completed our research survey.

The following individuals have generously participated in our research and gave us permission to include their names in the acknowledgements section of our book. We are also grateful for countless more who participated and prefer to remain anonymous.

Luca Bordonaro - Bass Clarinetist, Producer, and Multidisciplinary Artist, Graphic Design for the cover of The Key
Abhisek Ghosh - Indian Singer-Songwriter and Educator
Alison Plante - Composer, Professor and Former Chair of Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music
Angela Moya Serrat - Spanish Violinist from Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo and Berklee Valencia
Claudia Madhurima Segarra - Indian Classical Violinist from Barcelona, Spain
Jeff Rona - American award-winning composer for film. Rona was a member of Hans Zimmer's MediaVentures. His credits include Sharkwater, Traffic, God of War III, Phantom and Veeram
Akshay Satishkumar Baheti - Indian Classical Vocalist and Recording Engineer

SongAh Chae - Jazz Pianist and Composer -
Pablo Mirete - Award-Winning Producer, Media Composer, Arranger, and Pianist -
Emmanuel Linois - @manulinoismusic
Aleif Hamdan - Guitarist, Composer, and Producer 
Lucas Berthel - American Singer-Songwriter
Fryderyk Hoang Dong - Award-winning Pianist, Composer - Fryderyk HD
Lara Chapman - Award-winning singer/songwriter turned viral vocal- and artist coach. Founder of VoxTape Studios @VoxTapeStudios
Daniel Olivier Pock - Swiss DJ and Jazz Guitarist

Sofiko Kereselidze - Founder and Host of "Creative Minds Speaking" Podcast 
Abram Lembono -  Indonesian DJ/ Producer-Writer 

Adam Kallibjian - Adam Kallibjian is an American composer and music editor based in Los Angeles. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Adam currently serves as music editor at Bungie (Destiny) and previously as music editor for SIE PlayStation (Ghost of Tsushima, Modern Warfare 2018, Death Stranding)
Tommaso Annoni - Composer, Orchestrator, Flutist.
Liam Callan - Composer, Arranger, Music Educator.
Fernando Furones - Composer and Orchestral Conductor. @fernandofurones
Morgana Acevedo - Film and TV Composer
Clara Maurer - Newport Festivals Foundation
Noa Beazley - Composer for Games and Assistant Professor of Game and Interactive Media Scoring at Berklee College of Music
Chaitanya Natu - Percussionist / Web Developer -
Colescott Rubin - Unicycling Vaudeville Entertainer & Circus Musician, one of The Rubin Brothers, Staff at Berklee College of Music, @colescottrubin -
Sophia Bass - Film, media and concert composer -
Harshitha Krishnan - Performing Artist and Educator
Fiona Eirene Andrews - Percussionist, painter, and poet @fiona.eirene
Griffin Woodard - Composer, Bass Clarinetist, and Bandleader -
Mike Soto - Singer-songwriter and Latin Pop artist from Mexico City, signed to Warner Chappell, a TOP3 contestant of The Voice Mexico 2021 under globally acclaimed Miguel Bose’s team, and currently based in Miami. (@mikesotomusic)
Nate Flaks - Songwriter, Nathan Irving, Half of Sleeping Lion, Co-host of Talking Lion (podcast), Sound Designer at iZotope - @nateflaks @sleepinglionmusic
Polina Bondarenko - AKA Lina Cooper, published songwriter, artist, producer 
Hillel Teplitzki - Israeli Oscars and HMMA nominated composer best known for his work on PUBG Mobile, Destiny 2 and being the composer assistant for Inon Zur and Blizzard Entertainment
Julia Amodeo - Global Music Industry Professional  
Jelena Soro - Etno-alchemist, oboist, singer, composer and music teacher
David Darlington - 4X Grammy winning mix/mastering engineer
Mal Barsamian- Multi instrumentalist specializing in Armenian, Greek and Middle Eastern music. Graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Guitar performance. Mal is an expert of Armenian composers of the Ottoman Empire. Mal is a sought out musician as a Oudist, Clarinetist, Guitarist, Saxophonist, Bouzouki player and a Dumbeg player (hand drum)
Tony Barhoum - Kanun Player, Performer
Jonathan Foo - Company Manager at Singapore Ballet
Martin Levallois - Professional guitar player & Music Educator. @martinlevallois
Sam Webster - Sam Webster is a freelance drummer and percussionist in Los Angeles
Gerson Eguiguren - Singer, Violist, Performer and Director, Creator of Awana a music and fashion project. Ecuador’s culture ambassador 
Arielle Tindel - Music Publishing A&R 
Benjamin Knorr - Composer for Media and Multi-Instrumentalist -
Cristóbal Vogúmil Abellán de la Rosa - Professor at Berklee College of Music Valencia
Adrian Blackstock -
Ayn Inserto - Composer, Conductor, Director, Assistant Chair of Harmony and Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music.
Bruno Carvalho de Oliveira - Composer, orchestrator, guitarist @brunocdeo
Mohannad Nasser - Oudist, Composer and Educator 
John Baboian - Professor of guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston for over 40 years.
Andrew Andraos - Award-winning Lebanese operatic pop singer, composer and producer. CEO/Cofounder of Andersonation. 
Tristan Simone - Singer-songwriter 
Benjamin Fortunato - New York City based guitarist, composer, educator and arts administrator, Assistant Director of Music Admissions at Juilliard
Djessy van den Dries - Artist (Vocalist, Violinist and Composer), and Session Musician
Sierra Cornell - Los Angeles -based songwriter. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she is a strong up-and-coming voice in the R&B and Pop scene
Pia Salvia - Harpist, Vocalist (Pop/Jazz/World Music), Composer & Educator - / @piasalvia
Joshua Wiredu - Producer and educator (Instagram @wiredujoshua_)
Mariano Steimberg - Assistant Professor Berklee Valencia
Sam Spear - saxophonist/composer/educator – 
Antoine Rousseau - Owner of Memento
Mike Lorenz - Guitarist and educator -
Tony Jagwar- Musician, composer, sitar and north Indian classical music, electric guitar and 70's rock and experimental music instagram: @tonyjagwar
Aliya Cycon - Oud player and composer
Gabriele Mantuskaite - Singer (soul, neo-soul, jazz, World Music - Latin, Brazilian, Middle-Eastern). Graduate in Politics and International Studies 
Grace Puluczek - CEO & Director 3Notes, music consultancy @3notesmgmt and part time faculty at Berklee Valencia
Maxwell Wright - European BBC Award and Latin Grammy winner, Founder of TEDxBerkleeValencia and organizer of two festivals in the Balearic Islands, Spain
Omran Adrah - Qanunist & composer@omran.adrah 
Layth Sidiq - Grammy-nominated Violinist, Composer and educator, and the Artistic Director of the New York Arabic Orchestra.
Edwin Hidalgo Bastidas - Edwin Hidalgo Bastidas is an Ecuadorian guitarist, Owner of & Pichincha Film Festival (Música Para Un Volcán) award winning composer for media who studied at Berklee College of Music and a Master's at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam. @edwinmusic24
Paniz Farokhnia - Music Producer & Recording Engineer 
Bailey Ehrgott - Award-winning guitarist and composer at @bailey.ehrgott, University of North Texas - Doctoral Teaching Fellow 2023-2026, Berklee College of Music Alumna MM 20', Berklee College of Music Alumna BM 19'
Paula Pinero - Percussionist and composer 

Désirée Saarela -  Singer-songwriter, producer and artist 
Nita Yudita Nalukwago - Design Engineer 

Amber Maldonado - American/Puerto Rican Guitarist

Benjamin DeSoto Mayor - Audio engineer and talent developer, owner of Sound By Ben DeSoto

Giri Subramaniam - Tabla player and percussionist

Rodrigo Villalobos - Brazilian guitarist and ex tour manager for many well known Brazilian artists. Owner of Cafe Etcetera

Firas Zreik - Kanun Player & composer

Riccardo Gresino - Touring keyboard player & producer -

Nehir Akansu - Violist/Composer. Instagram @nehirviolove

Leon Janikian - Associate Professor emeritus from Northeastern University & Founder/ Coordinator of the Music Industry major

John Kaner - Composer and Producer 
Jennifer McMahon - Irish artist @jenimcmahon

Hugh Macdonald - Singer/songwriter Hugh Macdonald aka Fairhazel 
Ana Vrbaški - Singer, composer, musician in Alice in WonderBand, teacher, producer of cultural events as New Balkan Rhythm festival, 
Erin Corine Johnson - Interdisciplinary Artist and Founder of Hola Magnolia Identityworks, a Transnational Coaching and Mentoring Company

Luisa Annibali - Singer, composer, performer / 
Dan Gross - Composer of Drunk History and Waffles and Mochi
Armaan Biviji - Award winning composer for film and media - 

Angelique Montes - Performer and cello teacher 
Erik Groysman - Composer & Producer, 

Pedro Lohman Coda - Breathing music for now over 20 years with a degree in economics and a Master's in Global Entertainment & Music Business at Berklee College of Music, has worked at 4 record labels, including Deadmau5's mau5trap, and managed two of them, working on projects with Brazilian artists such as Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, and many more of equal magnitude

Nina Nicolaeiwsky - Brazilian Singer-Songwriter & Composer

Louisa Byron - Multi genre violinist and composer currently assisting composer James S. Levine at Remote Control Productions

M. Alex Ramirez - Multi award winning instrumentalist, Colombian Jazz Saxophonist based in New York 
Yash Bagal - Writer, researcher, and founder of Appetite for Distraction, a newsletter and podcast dissecting music and tech. He also runs Spectral—a content studio for founders and investors in tech. He is the co-founder of Cartel88, a songwriting company that helps TIkTok creators make their debut in the music industry. He has previously worked at ByteDance, executing their artist operations strategy for TikTok and Resso in India. He has also worked as a researcher for Water and Music, by Cherie Hu @yashbagal
Heewon Lee - Performing Cellist and Educator

Giulia Duchi - Italian singer-songwriter, violinist and film composer @giuliaemilydukes

Lev Freedman - Artist, songwriter and producer from Pittsburgh, PA now based in Los Angeles @levsongs

Lefteris Ioannou - Diverse composer, producer, performer with works released by Universal-EMI, Sony-BMG

Javier Moreno - Composer & Singer-songwriter in Madrid

Johana Flórez Ávila - Violin and viola player with extensive knowledge and experience in the education field in Colombia who has worked with prestigious institutions such as Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Tocar y Luchar Cafam y la Universidad Reformada

Srikant Krishna - Prolific Music Composer, Producer and Orchestrator from India, having an extensive experience of working on diverse projects with music stalwarts like A.R.Rahman, Salim-Sulaiman, Ricky Kej, Stewart Copeland, Sanchit Balhara, Thaman, Arjun Janya etc. He contributed as a Music Arranger and Orchestrator for the Grammy winning album “Divine Tides” and has orchestrated for numerous songs and background scores, which have been recorded by the Budapest Art Orchestra, Macedonian Orchestra, UN Chamber Orchestra, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Bangalore String Ensemble, Cochin Strings, Chennai String section and more

Owen Nathanael - Music maker, sound explorer, storyteller. Award-winning media composer, educator, filmmaker -

Almudena Díaz - Llanos Longares - Pianist, songwriter from Spain based in India

Anisha Lakshmanan - Singer-songwriter-producer and music educator

Bengisu Gokce - Multi-genre Violinist and Singer, known for combining in her music the Turkish roots with Eastern-European and Middle-Eastern traditions with collaborations with artists such as Mark O’Connor, Tigran Hamasyan, Aynur Dogan, Shreya Goshal, Toninho Horta, Shankar Mahadevan, Simon Shaheen, Amal Murkus, and Pablo Ziegler
Naseem Alatrash - Grammy Nominated cellist
Carolyn Alexander - Berklee College of Music '19, Assistant Manager at "New Village Management", Singer-Songwriter, Founder & CEO of "@loudgirlgoodies"

Narasimha Garimella - Simha - Singer, songwriter, and producer. @_simha_

Tomas Santibanez Bustos - Composer, producer and sound designer for films, media and video games

Stephània Pourgouri - Award-winning singer/songwriter and producer Stephània Pourgouri - 

Ricky Matute - Award winning percussionist and composer. @ricky_matute

Claudia Ciacci - Singer and vocal teacher @claudiaciaccivoz

Gintas Janusonis - Internationally acclaimed drummer, percussionist, producer, and composer who has worked with artists like Branford Marsalis, Eminem, Carlos Santana, Bill Laswell, RZA, Wu Tang Clan, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Erykah Badu. - IG: @GintasJanusonis

Paolo Angeli - Guitarist, Composer, Ethnomusicologist and Instrument-builder associated with traditional Sardinian music, Flamenco, Jazz, Post-Rock and Experimental Music who has collaborated with notable artists such as Pat Metheny, Fred Frith, Jon Rose, Enkhjargal Dandarvaanchig, Antonello Salis, Hamid Drake, Evan Parker, Ned Rothemberg, Takumi Fukushima, Zeena Parkins, Otomo Yoshide, Nuno Rebelo, Lukas Simonis, Andy Ex, Verian Weston

Joe Lovano - Grammy Award-Winning Blue Note and ECM Recording Artist, Gary Burton Chair of Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music who has performed, recorded, and/or toured with: Woody Herman, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Ravi Coltrane, Hank Jones, Esperanza Spalding, McCoy Tyner, and many more

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