Steven Goldsher, co-organizer of the Charlemont Reggae Festival, took a different path while on his way to becoming an orthodontist. Thanks to one of his college professors, Goldsher was introduced to and fell in love with reggae music.

Steven and his father have organized their second Charlemont Reggae festival this year and Steven sat down with Connecting Point’s Brian Sullivan to share more of how he went from dental instruments to drums and percussion.

Watch our full feature on the return of the Charlemont Reggae festival.

Read the full transcript:

Steven Goldsher, Charlemont Reggae Fest: I started as a high school kid. I used to book music in high school, high school dances, so I had a little bit of a taste of that early on.

And, then I went off to college, one of the first experiences I had in college was going to hear a movie called “The Harder They Come”, 1976 — Jimmy Cliff playing in this famous movie, “The Harder They Come.”

And there was a sociology professor at my university, Clark University, who used to lead trips to Jamaica and got a taste of what was going on this little Caribbean island that was changing the world with Bob Marley at that time, it was all happening, so there was always a connection with music.

I was an amateur musician and in fact, then my son Benjamin, we referred to as Ben-Jamin, and we were playing reggae music when he was in the womb, and he’s always been part of that whole reggae movement and the whole love and aspect of Rastafarians. You know, I and — I, we’re all human. We all see each other as each other: equals.