Current Berklee Popular Music Institute Artists
Check back soon for information on the 2020 artists. See below for last year's BPMI artists.
2018–2019 BPMI Artists
Jackie Foster B.M. ‘18 is an award-winning vocalist from San Diego, California, who attended Berklee as a recipient of the Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship. Foster distinguished herself as a semifinalist on season 14 of NBC’s hit show The Voice and was mentored by three different coaches: Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys. Whether it’s pop, rock, R&B, or jazz, Foster’s warm, rich tone and powerhouse vocals can fill up a room and leave audiences wanting more. She is currently writing and preparing to release new original music in 2019.
Jobi (Jobi Riccio) is a student songwriter and performer from Denver, Colorado. Inspired by artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Joni Mitchell, and classic country and bluegrass, she writes songs with folk and roots sensibilities. Jobi has received acclaim for her writing, including being selected as a finalist in the 2018 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter's Showcase. She also appeared on the Spain chapter of Women in Music’s compilation album, Sincerely, Women. Jobi’s EP "Strawberry Wine" came out February 5.
Roy Juno is the collective name shared by three Allston, Massachusetts–based producers and instrumentalists. Led by lyricist and frontman Sayak Das B.M. ‘18, the band blends themes like identity struggles, false hero glorification, and celebrity ego death with sound design that transports the listener to an era where synthesizers were the vanguard of sensible pop. Rhythm section Henri Young B.M. ‘17 (bass and synthesizer) and Josh Parra ‘17 (drums and auxiliary sampling) pride themselves on seamlessly blending a wide range of backgrounds, resulting in a truly modern pop sound.
What is MKULTRA? Think of MKULTRA as the name of a cinematic universe with the Milk Man as one of many characters including Green Guy, Meat Man, and the Brain Child, all characters in a very complex mythology. On the album THE MKULTRA SHOW, the protagonist that speaks throughout is the Milk Man. MKULTRA draws listeners in to his crazy universe of experimental hip-hop and a world of new sounds and feelings. Bring on the Milk Man.
GOLDSPACE is an electro-pop/hip-hop duo composed of students Maia Quin and Andre Samuel. Their sound is a blend of future R&B and hip-hop, although style and genre don't prevent them from using all kinds of sounds and influences. GOLDSPACE’s first two singles have appeared multiple times on Spotify’s biggest playlists, including Fresh Finds and Poptronix. The duo plan to release a series of singles and EPs throughout 2019. GOLDSPACE frequently features producer and DJ Trey Kams, also a Berklee student.
ALX (Aaron Gregory) is a student singer-songwriter from Jacksonville, Florida. “I used to be that nerdy kid that would spend his weekends watching Dragon Ball Z,” says Alx. “Now I'm that nerdy kid that spends his weekends watching Dragon Ball Z and making music.” He began following his passion at 14 and has since opened for T.I. and ELHAE. His creative lyricism, intricate beats, and influences—such as Trey Songz, Big Sean, Eric Bellinger, Omarion, and Ty Dolla $ign—are reflected in his music.