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David McTiernan

Class of 2011

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Over the past 10 years, David’s work as a performer, publicist, and programmer has led him to work directly with an enormous range of artists including Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, Bruce Springsteen, Zac Brown Band, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Ne-Yo, Tori Kelly, Fifth Harmony, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee, Troye Sivan, Corinne Bailey Rae, and hundreds more.


With indie rock quartet The Middle Eight, David performed at The Kennedy Center and was featured in the major motion picture ‘The Rebound’ starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Bartha.

Most recently, his work in Music & Talent at Vevo has helped to shed light on some of the most talented new artists working today, from Halsey to Jidenna to The Lone Bellow. He currently oversees alt/indie and Latin programming for Vevo and is based in Los Angeles.

Q What was your favorite part about attending Recorded Music?

The community within the walls of Recorded Music is unlike any other academic program - there's a diversity of talent and perspective among the students and staff that lends itself incredibly well to a spirit of collaboration. Each student and professor brings something different to the table - musical aptitude, business acumen, technical skill, historical knowledge - and to cross-pollinate in the classroom leads to what I consider to be the most well-rounded output of musical minds.

Years after graduation, the support system established at ReMu still exists - producer alums supporting performer alums, executives collaborating with producers, journalists reaching out to executives - the list goes on and on.

Q How did Recorded Music prepare you for success?

Recorded Music gives its students a fluency in so many areas of the industry. No matter what each student's individual focus/passion is, they learn to speak the language of so many different disciplines, either directly or by osmosis. Pursuing executive- and performance-focused courses, I was still exposed to history, criticism, production, and so much more that has come in use in countless ways as my career continues to evolve.

Q What are you currently doing professionally?

Currently, I'm overseeing alt/indie and Latin programming for Vevo, as well as handling artist/label/manager relations.

I'm also project managing Vevo's emerging artist series dscvr, scouting and securing early talent (both signed and unsigned) to participate in the program.

Q What words of wisdom can you share?

Keep your mind open and flexible - coming into Recorded Music, I would not have expected to end up performing in an indie rock band, working for a folk music legend, doing press for Bruce Springsteen, or living in Los Angeles scouting emerging talent. But with the diversity of experience and knowledge I gained in Recorded Music, I was able to pursue a variety of opportunities that were exciting and different, ultimately broadening my career horizons.