Ryan Lerman releases new album, composes cover with Scary Pockets

Studio guitar alum Ryan Lerman (BM ’09) released his third album “Noisy Feelings” on Nov. 22, featuring 10 independently written, mixed and produced tracks. Lerman is a multi-instrumentalist and highly collaborative artists; his previous album, “Friends,” was entirely composed of originals and covers recorded with his most frequent collaborators, such as Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose, and fellow USC Thornton alum Louis Cole (BM ’07).

Lerman also composed a cover of his song “Mexico,” off his latest album, for his popular cover band Scary Pockets. Lerman formed Scary Pockets with keyboardist Jack Conte, as well as a rotating roster of Los Angeles musicians which often includes other USC Thornton alumni.

In addition to producing his own music and videos, and releasing music and touring with Scary Pockets, Lerman has found success as a touring and session musician with artists such as Ben Folds, Vanessa Carlton and John Legend. Lerman’s versatility is an example of the entrepreneurial spirit that drives USC Thornton students to build their own vision of a successful music career. “Once you get out of school, nobody is going to tell you to practice or make a record,” Lerman says. “So much of life as a musician is being self-driven and finding a way to stay motivated, inspired and disciplined.”