Annie Clark began playing guitar at the age of 12 and later picked up some valuable lessons on the life of a touring musician when, as a teenager, she joined her uncle Tuck Andress on the road with his popular jazz duo Tuck & Patti. In 2001, she began studying at Berklee, and later recorded a self-released, three-song EP with fellow students, titledRatsliveonnoevilstar. In 2004, Clark left Berklee and joined the extra-large Baroque pop group the Polyphonic Spree as a guitarist and a singer. She toured with the band and appeared on the sessions for its 2007 album, The Fragile Army. In 2006, Clark left the Polyphonic Spree and joined the backing band of like-minded pop composer Sufjan Stevens. She recorded a three-song EP to sell at her shows with Stevens, and adopted the name St. Vincent (inspired by her grandmother as well as the New York hospital where poet Dylan Thomas breathed his last breath).
After a group of rock musicians met as Berklee students and founded the Peasantry, they later became members of the popular indietronica band Passion Pit. The band released their debut album Manners in 2009, and their 2012 follow-up,Gossamer, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. The band has played countless festivals across the world, and has performed on prestigious programs Saturday Night Live, the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The long-distance collaborative project Haerts formed when childhood friends Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert started collaborating on music in a small apartment in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. Fabi and Gebert met in Germany as children when they were members of the same swim team. After attending Berklee, the two set out for New York in 2010, added additional bandmates, and in 2013, debuted as Haerts on Columbia Records with the Hemiplegia EP. In 2014, the band released their full-length, self-titled debut.
Isom Innis was a Heavy Rotation Records artist before completing his Berklee studies in 2008. The Los Angeles-based musician now performs as a member of Foster the People during tours and studio recordings. After the release of the debut album Torches in May 2011, Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" became a crossover hit on commercial radio and eventually reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, earning the band two Grammy Award nominations. Innis performed several roles on Foster the People's second album, Supermodel, including contributions as composer, programmer, vocalist, drummer, guitarist, and pianist.