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Dan Konopka

ABLETON LIVE INSTRUCTOR
MUSIC PRODUCTION & AUDIO ENGINEERING INSTRUCTOR


Dan Konopka has been playing drums for over 30 years, having developed a passion for music and art as early back as kindergarten.

He went on to become a founding member of the Grammy Award winning band, OK Go and has played drums with them for the last 20 years. OK Go began recording and touring in 1998, and they haven’t stopped yet. The band was signed to Capitol Records in 2001, and they won a Grammy Award for Best Music Video by 2006. Nominated for two more Grammy Awards since, OK Go continue to receive a multitude of other honors and awards from two MTV Music Video Awards to two YouTube Music Video awards and, notably, the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award.

In 2011, Dan decided to branch out from the band to also become a more involved producer, mixer, writer and collaborator, graduating from a Music Production & Recording School, focusing on music production and mixing.

Since that time, he has released numerous full album productions, as well as dozens of mixes and remixes for various artists from around the world.

 

career highlights

  • Grammy Award Winner
  • 3-Time Grammy Nominated
  • Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award
  • MTV Award Nominations
  • Youtube Awards Nominations
  • 20 Year Career with OK GO
 
 
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PAUL GRUNDMAN

OUTBOARD MIXING & MASTERING INSTRUCTOR
VOCAL RECORDING & PRODUCTION INSTRUCTOR


Paul Grundman works as a Engineer with his father at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios in Hollywood, CA. Bernie Grundman Mastering is one of the most prominent names in Mastering world wide, receiving hundreds of Grammy nods. They are behind hundreds of gold and platinum recordings. Mastering some of the industry's landmark recordings, such as: Michael Jackson's "Thriller", Prince's "Purple Rain", Dr. Dre's "the Chronic", Carol King's "tapestry", and Steely Dan's "Aja". In addition they've worked on albums by a veritable who's who of the music industry, such as: The Carpenters, Herb Alpert, Sergio Mendes, The Doors, Joe Cocker, Joni Mitchell, Burt Backarach, Jackson Brown, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Supertramp, Procal Harum. Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Outkast, Ludacris, Mos Def, Mary J. Blidge, Lucinda Williams, Jack Johnson & Macy Gray

Paul has fostered his own mastering clients from word of mouth and has worked with artists both independent to legends of the industry, such as Juan Gabriel, Yowda, Jenni Rivera, Napoleon, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) & Serj Tankien (System Of A Down), that have multi-platinum album sales. He maintains an active producing lifestyle and mentoring new minds and old alike, even innovating products in audio with businesses as a consultant. Last September he and his wife, Celeste, welcomed their first baby girl Ciel. Paul describes his baby girl as his life force and his wife as his true love, and musical muse.

To say Paul Grundman is jack of all trades is an understatement. Paul is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, mastering engineer, photographer, surfer, and innovator. Paul earned his licks working at Jackson Browne’s Groove Masters studio and then went on to running his own studio. Earning awards & accolades in production and songwriting with Song Of The Year, Performing on stage as both an instrumentalist, sound engineer, and DJ around the world, as well as charting multiple times inside the top 10 on Beatport, and top of the week with productions in: House, Electro House , Trance, and Progressive House, also releasing on other record labels such as Spinnin Records.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Worked at Jackson Browne's Groove Masters Studio
  • Engineer at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios
  • Mastering Clients: 

    Juan Gabriel , Yowda, Jenni Rivera , Napoleon, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) & Serj Tankien (System Of A Down)

  • Releases on Spinnin' Records
  • Multiple Top 10 Beatport Releases
 
 
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Reework - Andrew olivas

DJ INSTRUCTOR/TURNTablist


Reework formally known as DJ Obscene, has been a turntablist DJ for nearly 15 years, playing a multitude of genres. Growing up to turntablist siblings and cousins, digging thru crates of records, Reework’s curiosity overcame him, causing him to follow suit and dig through crates and crates of records. The passion became an obsession.

Reework then took the nightlife industry by storm for over 10 years, hosting and performing many events. Reework has performed at such venues as, Avalon, Exchange, Project LA, and many clubs around Southern California.

His main priority is to help you achieve music not for the money, but for the passion you have for it , and to help find your own unique techniques, while performing. Whether it’s sampling on the fly, cross-genre mixing, etc., Reework can do it all.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 15+ Year DJ Career
  • Venues:
    Avalon Hollywood, Exchange LA, Project LA, Create Nightclub, and many more.
 
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Rocke sanchez

dj instructor/mixing specialist


Rocke has been performing since 1992. He got his break working at Groove Radio 103.1 FM from '97 to '99, as both DJ board operator and team promotions. He learned from some of west coast pioneer DJ's such as, Tony B, Dj Orlando, Swedish Egil, and Dj Irene. Rocke conquered the Electro House scene from 2006 - 2013. Having a residencies at clubs like The Hiest, Groove Thursday, Nu Rave, Dance Works, and Ravers Ballroom.

Rocke opened up for such acts as, Showtek, Bad Boy Bill, Sharam, DJ Bam Bam, AJ Mora, Richard Vission , Hyphy Crunk, Lazrtag, Designer Drugs, and more.

In 2009 Rocke won the first ever Groove Cruise DJ contest. To then move on to becoming Groove Cruise’ Main Backline DJ Tech and also working with Insomniac as a DJ Tech for EDC and other big events. 

In 2012 -2014 Rocke was the creator of the Duo New & Used, who went on to work with Carnage, producing the smash hit titled ‘Signal’. Which hit #5 on the Beatport electro charts.

Rocke now wishes to bestow and share his knowledge to the new generation. 

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 20+ Year DJ Career
  • Backline for 8+ Years
  • Backline for:

    EDC, Nocturnal wonderland, Beyond Wonderland, Escape, Middle Lands, Countdown NYE, Audiotistic, Dream State, Audio by the Bay, Crossd Fest, LED Anniversary, Splash House, Groove Cruise LA, Groove Cruise Miami, 

    WMC (Winter Music Conference), and more.

 

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Sergio avila

marketing & branding instructor


Born in Bellflower, California, Sergio is a Los Angeles native with over 10 years experience in music production and social media marketing. Provided Sergio's talent, he naturally gravitated towards marketing and artist management, helping artists, labels, and companies find/grow their networks, audience, and social media platforms.

With his knack for marketing, it is no wonder that Sergio has helped successfully launch a new platform, Spektrol.io, for artists and social media influencers alike.

 

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marketing Clients:

    Spektrol.io, Quality Goods Records, UZ, Foreign Beggars, Stooki Sound, Oski, Levitate, and many more.

  • Releases:
    Fools Gold Recordings, Quality Goods Records, and more.
  • Artist/Label Management:

    UZ, Ian Munro, Sumthin Sumthin, and Macntaj.

 

 

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Sole clemente

ABLeToN live instructor
music production & audio engineering instructor
 


Sole began his journey DJ’ing nearly 13 years ago. A few years later he took the nightlife by storm and shortly thereafter created ‘Groove Thursdays’, a weekly dance event that ran for 2 years, and shifted his focus to the event/promotions side of the industry. It housed acts such as Klaas, 12th Planet, Rank-1, Toxic Avenger, LA Riots, Tritonal, Norin & Rad, Flinch, Destructo, Kid Kaio, Artistic Raw, Mustard Pimp, Richard Durand, DJ Reza, Roger Shah, Sied Van Riel, Nadastrom, Felix Cartal, Lazrtag, and more. Around that same time, roughly 2009, Sole dove deep into the music production world.

He’s performed at such venues as, Avalon Hollywood, Create Nightclub (now Academy), Hard Rock Las Vegas (Rehab), San Bernardino Fairgrounds, Shrine Auditorium, Yost Theater, to name a few. Along the many events he’s performed, he’s opened for and played along side Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Porter Robinson, Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Deorro, Dash Berlin, Bob Sinclair, Boys Noize, Claude Vonstroke, Showtek, and many more.

Although touring and performing was something he enjoyed, Sole became an Ableton Live/Music Production Instructor years ago. After discovering a newly-found passion, Sole decided to shift his focus from performing to teaching.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 13+ Year DJ Career
  • 100+ Students Taught
  • Venues Performed:
    Avalon Hollywood, Create Nightclub, Hard Rock Las Vegas (Rehab), San Bernardino Fairgrounds, Shrine Auditorium, Yost Theater, and more.
  • Played Alongside/Opened For:
    Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Skrillex, Porter Robinson, BT, Excision, Steve Aoki, Marshmallow, Deorro, Blasterjaxx, Vinai, Deniz Koyu, Dash Berlin, Quintino, Rank-1, LA Riots, Thomas Gold, Boombox Cartel, Boys Noize, Showtek, and many more.
  • Hardwell, Dannic, & Dyro, Original Song Competition Winner (2012-2013).
 

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zen world

Sound design instructor
MUSIC PRODUCTION & AUDIO ENGINEERING INSTRUCTOR
 


With nearly 100,000 subscribers, Zen World utilizes his YouTube platform to teach producers ranging from beginner to advanced, how to recreate sounds used in popular chart topping records, and how to ultimately utilize that to birth their own unique sound. 

With his knowledge in synthesis/sound design, it’s no wonder that the like of Curbi, Marcelo CIC, Max Vangeli, Blasterjaxx, Danny Avila, KSHMR, and more follow his channel. 

Selling 5,000 sound-banks for Sylenth1, Massive, Spire and Serum over the past year, Zen World's talents are sweeping the industry. 

Zen World started making sounds for dance music about 6 years ago. Like any other person he wanted to become a world famous producer, that was until he decided to learn how to make his own sounds. That's where everything changed. Zen found a passion for sound design and eventually decided to start a YouTube channel which opened the doors for him to work with a ton of amazing artists, both established and aspiring. Over the 3 years he's had the chance to work with artist on developing sounds for their music, even mentoring some of them in the art of sound design. 

Through mentoring people Zen found a second passion in life, which was teaching. Mentoring and making over 300 videos for YouTube have helped him craft an ability to teach materials in an exciting, easy, and effective way to understand. 

If you are ready to learn, Zen World is ready to teach what is needed to find your own identity as a musician.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 90,000+ Youtube Subscribers
  • Over 5,000 Sound Banks Sold
  • Over 300 Video Tutorials
  • 100+ Students Taught
  • Artists:
    KSHMR, Blasterjaxx, Curbi, Marcelo CIC, Max Vangeli, Danny Avila, and many more.
 

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