EP 143: Susan Rogers – What Makes Music Exciting?

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Susan Rogers holds a doctoral degree in behavioural neuroscience from McGill University (2010). Prior to her science career, Susan was a multi-platinum earning record producer, engineer, and mixer. She is best known for her work with Prince during his peak creative period (1983–1987). Her discography also includes records with David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies, Geggy Tah, Nil Lara, Robben Ford, Tricky, Michael Penn, Jeff Black, and many others. In 2021 she became the first female recipient of the Music Producer’s Guild Award for Outstanding Contributions to U.K. Music. She teaches psychoacoustics and production analysis for Berklee College of Music. Her book on music listening, This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You, published by W. W. Norton & Co., is available everywhere.


  • Becoming an audio technician
  • Working with Prince
  • Working with constraints to aid with creativity
  • Should you make demos or just jump right into the final recording?
  • Taking time to develop your creativity
  • The role of editing in the enjoyment of music
  • Identifying what your “sound” is
  • Getting artists to define what they want their music to achieve
  • Safety in music
  • How music is like food
  • Work/life balance: how to define your balance
  • The 7 dimensions of music that shape your musical tastes
  • What makes songs catchy

To learn more about Susan Rogers, visit: https://www.thisiswhatitsoundslike.com/

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