Scott Underwood, Train’s drummer and composer. Photo by David Goggin.
After completing several berkleemusic.com courses, Train’s drummer Scott Underwood and the band are back in the studio working on their forthcoming album. The band’s Drops of Jupiter earned platinum status, with the single “Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)” spending 53 weeks on the Hot 100 and earning a Grammy as the Best Rock Song of the year. Train recently appeared on Good Morning America performing “All I Ever Wanted,” a sneak peak from their upcoming album.
While touring, drummer/composer Scott Underwood studied online at berkleemusic.com and incorporated his new skills into the interactive Internet mode of Train’s collaborative composition style. With pre-production complete, the band entered the studio on July 29 to record their new album. In addition, Underwood teamed up with Train’s bass player Charles Colin (a Berklee grad) to form the experimental two-man group called Foodpill. They recently released their provocative debut album, Elixer.
“When I found out about the BerkleeMusic online classes,” Underwood explains, “I thought it would be ideal because Train was touring all of the time. So, I was able to get online in the hotel rooms, and I had my little MIDI keyboard controller and I started out studying Pro Tools. I already had a pretty good grip on the program, but decided to start at level one and right off the bat, I learned a whole bunch of short cuts. If you have a little background, it really accelerates and enhances the learning experience.”
Studying online allowed Underwood to create new demos while still touring, which were augmented by his online courses in piano technique and music theory. “It was great because the classes really stimulated my creative juices,” he continues. “I would drift off after the lesson, find myself falling in love with a certain melody and the next thing I knew I had a song forming. Then I could pull up the Pro Tools and start laying things down. It really pumped up my abilities.”
Enrollment for the fall semester at berkleemusic.com ends September 15. Courses begin on September 19. To learn more about interactive online courses, visit berkleemusic.com.