Newsweek: The National's Matt Berninger on making his first solo LP

Award-winning rocker got his start at the University of Cincinnati

Before Matt Berninger fronted popular indie rock band The National and released his own solo effort, the musician studied design at UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.

Blue and white portrait of Matt Berninger

Matt Berninger/Photo/Graham MacIndoe

Newsweek interviewed Berninger about his new record, delving into his past as a designer, citing a UC Magazine story about The National's ties to UC.

During the late boom of the late 1990s, (Berninger) was pursuing a career as a graphic designer, becoming a creative director at a new media company in New York City, working on projects for clients like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the makers of Viagra. Back in school, though, at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, Berninger was the singer in a band that included his friend Scott Devendorf. When the bubble burst, Berninger decided to try one last time to make his hobby his profession. He formed a new band in Brooklyn with Cincinnati friends: Devendorf (bass) and his brother Bryan (drums) and another pair of brothers, Aaron (guitar, keyboards) and Bryce Dessner (guitar). "The National started in the middle of that," Berninger recalls. "I had saved enough money to be able to take [some time] off. We went out and did a tour, and one slowly became the other."

Read the full Newsweek story.

MSN also reported on the singer's time at UC. 

Read the full UC Magazine story.


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