Jonathan Perkins, multiplatinum songwriter and producer, Emmy Award-winning composer, and Berklee graduate, has joined Berklee’s songwriting department as assistant chair.
Formerly signed to Orange Factory Music, Perkins co-wrote Jay Sean’s hit track “Down” (featuring Lil Wayne), which went six-times platinum internationally, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and his follow-up single, “Do You Remember” (featuring Sean Paul and Lil Jon), which went two-times platinum and reached the Billboard Top 10. Perkins attained his first No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart with his work on Jason Nevins’s remix of Rihanna’s “S.O.S.”
Perkins’s most recent credits include the Chainsmokers and K-pop sensation BTS, and he has previously worked with Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Big Time Rush, Frankie J, Cody Simpson, Jessica Mauboy, Taemin, and NCT 127. Overall, his projects have sold more than 10 million units.
“Developing hit songs and understanding the industry standard is a delicate balance between individual expression and absorbing a language that millions of people hear and to which they are accustomed,” said Perkins. “My hope is that students will walk away with a better discernment of where this balance lies through careful song-crafting and developing critical listening skills.”
He continued: “Berklee trains musicians in disciplines beyond what many other music schools do, encapsulating a variety of genres ranging from Afro-Peruvian jazz to Persian maqam or Indian raga. This melting-pot approach creates an atmosphere of experimentation and true musical camaraderie not found in other places in the collegial world. Berklee also boasts a relationship with the contemporary music industry unlike any other school, truly preparing students for a real career.”