An Interview With M.T. Aditya Srinivasan

TEDxBerkleeValencia Marketing Coordinator, Michelle Golden, Chatted With M.T. Aditya Srinivasan, A Post-Graduate Fellow At Berklee College Of Music, Valencia Campus, Having Previously Completed The Contemporary Performance Program. Check Out The Interview With MT To Hear About His Experience With TEDxBerkleeValencia As A Selected Speaker Last Year And His Thoughts On This Year’s Theme.


What Did You Speak About At Last Year’s TEDxBerkleeValencia?

The theme last year was Creative Catalyst. I spoke about the interconnectivity of people through their internal rhythms. My talk was called, “The Rhythm of Intent.”

Why Do You Think Conferences Like TEDx Are Important?

For me, it’s the sharing of mind space. It’s the idea of going somewhere where there are people who are really thinking about the incredible things going on in this world. It’s the humbling effect of the crazy amazing ideas that people have and the joy of sharing them. If you get to speak, the thought that you could have something valuable to contribute to a lot of people, is a highly motivational factor. It can push you do to do a lot more for yourself. That was a primary reason why I wanted to be involved. Last year was the first time I spoke at a TEDx. I performed at a TEDx, previously, as part of someone’s TEDx speech.

 Why Is It Important For Students To Be A Part Of The Organization Of The Event?

All of the information you learn here at Berklee, you can probably find somewhere online. But you come to Berklee because you want to meet amazingly talented faculty who can take the same information and apply their experience to it, and give you that little extra something that changes everything. For me, to quantify that, the word would be networking. It’s important for students to take part in the organization of the event because they could network with some incredible people from all over the world. Not just faculty – but students. And take that idea to the next level. Imagine you can network with some incredible thinkers – not just from Berklee. That’s why you should be a part of the TEDx team. It’s the idea that you could get in touch with these people and bring them together for a common goal.

What’s Your Favorite TEDx Talk?

Ken Robinson’s talk “How Schools Kill Creativity” and then Benjamin Zander’s “The Transformative Power of Classical Music.” What really captured my attention for those two talks, was that they took the simplest idea, and engaged with their audience. It was a master class in how to communicate and how to engage an audience. As a performer, I think that’s what really drew me to those speeches.

What Did You Learn After Last Year’s TEDx?

Preparation for presentation. That’s one of the biggest takeaways from the event. I’m really proud of the fact that I’m comfortable on stage. You can put me in front of an audience and I feel really confident. I think at some point that tendency went into overconfidence. Initially, I felt the TEDx speech would be more natural if I winged it. As I started to prepare my speech and got more and more into it, I found so many other ways to try to engage people into what I was trying to tell them. I learned so much in the process, and so much more about public speaking and performance.

 What Does Changing Currents Mean To You?

The reason why change seems so drastic now is because of the Internet. Everything is so much smaller and everything is a lot more connected. As a result, everything is moving a lot faster. The change that happened from the 16th century to the 20th century is happening within a period of 1/100th that time. We’re not able to control the change of current. We’re not able to control the evolution. No one has any idea of what’s happening. If we’re talking about changing currents, one of the most important things I would want to hear is how people are pinpointing the crucial aspects of this change, how people are analyzing where this change needs to go, in such a way that it’s a holistic development and not something arbitrary.