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Maroon 5’s Jesse Carmichael on Art, What Fans Can Expect Sunday, Fatherhood & More


Excerpt from http://www.smc.edu/NewsRoom/Pages/Maroon-5-Jesse-Carmichael.aspx



SANTA MONICA, CA—In just about two days—on Sunday, Feb. 3—three-time GRAMMY Award-winning band Maroon 5 will take the stage at the most-watched concert of the year: the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show. GRAMMY-nominated rapper Travis Scott and Atlanta native Big Boi (hip-hop icon and one-half of hip-hop duo Outkast) will join them on stage at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will face off. Previous performers have included BeyoncéMadonnaBruce SpringsteenKaty PerryPrince, Coldplay, and Justin Timberlake, to name a few. 

Santa Monica College (SMC) alum Jesse Carmichael will be on that stage Sunday. Carmichael—Maroon 5’s keyboardist/rhythm guitarist—studied at the Southern California community college, known mostly for being the state’s number one transfer institution to the University of California. Carmichael studied music, psychology, and more—all while launching a career with a band that would go on to become one of the 21st century’s greatest pop acts. He also has a solo project called 1863.


“Jesse was a star student—straight As, very humble and modest,” says David Goodman, his SMC music professor. “I don’t think he learned as much from me as I learned from him.” Carmichael met Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine and bassist Mickey Madden while they were students at Brentwood School. Their friendship and artistic relationship has endured over an illustrious career. The Los Angeles band would go on to become “the most successful group in the history of the Billboard Hot 100” with 12 “Top 10” entries, and earned 20 “Top 40” hits, the only group to ever do so. Maroon 5 has sold over 36 million albums, 48 million singles worldwide, and earned gold and platinum certifications in more than 35 countries. 

Santa Monica College’s Public Information Office caught up with Carmichael on Wednesday, Jan. 30 to talk about his musical influences, art, fatherhood, his relationship with Adam Levine—and what fans can expect from Maroon 5 this Sunday. Here are a few excerpts from the exclusive interview:


. . . I really fell in love with the music program at SMC and Dr. [David] Goodman was such a great teacher. It was a very inspiring time. 

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(Editor’s note: Carmichael studied popular harmony and arranging; tonal counterpoint; and orchestration at Santa Monica College)

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An expanded version of this interview—with more details—will run in the January-February issue of Santa Monica College’s newsletter SMC in FocusSubscribe to SMC in Focus.

For more information on Maroon 5, visit: maroon5.com and on social media: facebook.com/maroon5and twitter.com/maroon5


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