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Jamie is a professional sound designer, composer, and music technologist passionate about making records, synthesizers, interactive audio, and syncing sound and music to picture.
She has a wealth of diverse experiences, including creating sound and playing keys live for Kiran Gandhi (M.I.A.'s drummer) on her world tour; working as the Audio Designer at MIT Game Lab; leading workshops on DAWs, recording, and post production at NYU; working with Avid on Pro Tools 11 on the AIR plugin team; rigging studios as a studio support specialist in EPD at Berklee College of Music; working with AKAI to create hardware; creating sound and music for slot machine games out in Reno; and working on her own beat making/chiptune/trip hop-ish project, The Unicorn Princess. She got her Bachelor's in Electronic Production & Design from Berklee College of Music in 2012, and she is a Pro Tools ACI (Avid Certified Instructor).
One of the most important pieces of advice she ever remembers receiving was from an interview on Pensado's Place with engineer Tom Elmhirst, who said to stop looking at the screen while mixing. As producers and mix engineers, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the visuals of a session, or even how your EQ looks. What truly matters is the sound. Since hearing that advice, she's always tried to use her ears more, and listen to her mixes with her eyes closed.
Jamie hopes to help students do the same thing, using their ears to create better sounds and productions. You can hear more of her work here.
Joseph is a songwriter and producer whose work has been played on major networks all over the world, including NBC, ABC, MTV, E!, Oxygen, NHL, Hallmark Channel, global non-profit organizations, and more. He recently wrote the theme song for E!'s docuseries, Reunion Road Trip.
Shortly after graduating Berklee College of Music, Joseph was signed by a publishing company for an electronic dance single he wrote called "Ignited," which led to the track being blasted over the airwaves all over Europe, alongside such hitmakers as Avicii, Nicky Romero, Disclosure, and Tiesto. It's still energizing festivals and dance clubs over there.
One of the biggest lessons Joseph learned at Berklee College of Music was that your peers are your collaborators, not your competition. The superstar artists on the Billboard charts are your competition. He’s endeavored to live that lesson ever since by helping others in their musical careers as much as focusing on his own.
Joseph hopes that all of his students leave his course confident in their craft and more interested in the subject matter than when they started.
Andrea is an award-winning engineer, producer, and musician based in Turin, Italy. He's worked at some of the world's best studios, including London Bridge Studio (Pearl Jam), 123 Studios (Florence and the Machine), and Punto Rec Studios (Lana Del Rey), and has arranged, mixed, and produced tracks for dozens of artists. He has a master's degree in audio production. In 2017 he was awarded the Carlo U. Rossi award for excellence in engineering.
Andrea says he tries to listen to a large amount of new music every day. Even if he predominately works in the indie/pop and electronica world today, he loves to collaborate with musicians from diverse backgrounds because it pushes him constantly to learn new things. One of Andrea's first music teachers used to say to him: "First, learn the rules. Then, try to change them."
Andrea likes to bring those same ideas to his mentorship, helping students navigate the worlds of mixing, engineering, and arranging.
Martin is a composer, producer, and bassist with his hands in a huge variety of musical projects. He's produced music for acclaimed podcasts such as This American Life, Limetown, and The Spark, and written for various artists and production houses. He's recorded and performed all over the world with acts such as VÉRITÉ, the PLS.trio, Arthur Moon, Emel Mathlouthi, and other NYC-based artists, and produces original electro and house music and remixes as MDFX, and trap/jungle/bass music and remixes as WNNR. He's also written lots of the music featured in Soundfly videos!
One of Martin's most memorable musical moments happened while working on the score to the indie film Experimenter, composed by Bryan Senti. During the recording session, Marty was asked to re-voice and notate a section that involved a lot of string harmonics — one of the toughest things to notate given all the math of matching which note works with which harmonic and which finger hovers where. Marty dove in head first and got it done, despite biting his nails the entire time — and in the process learned not to be afraid to put it all on the line for the music.
Martin hopes to help all of his students tangibly further themselves as musicians, as well as meeting the goals of the course. He says the most important advice he ever got was to only speak when you have something to say — a lesson he applies to music.
John is an engineer, composer, and mixer, and the lead producer for most Soundfly courses. He's worked producing music for ads at a commercial production house in NYC for major brands such as Coca-Cola, Google, and Jameson, and has mixed major film soundtracks, such as the indie hit Experimenter.
Shortly after graduating from Berklee College of Music, John headed to NYC to start an internship at a studio there. In his first week he was asked to chop up some 40 different mixes of existing tracks to picture for an advertising job — something he'd never done before and did his best with. A few days after submitting his work, he found a folder on his boss's desktop titled "JH's shortcomings," and his heart dropped.
He went home that night committed to show everyone he could do it. He practiced editing songs relentlessly in all different ways, without a mouse, without the grid, etc., until he became one of the fastest editors at the studio — and eventually got a full-time gig there.
Since then, he's been mixing and making music in all sorts of environments. The most memorable advice he ever got? "Stop EQing the snare drum. You're mixing a song. Not a snare drum." — a great reminder from his Berklee prof Susan Rogers to focus on the big picture, rather than getting lost in the weeds.
Raven is a Nashville-based songwriter who loves crafting lyrics. A songwriting graduate from Berklee College of Music, Raven wants to stretch students’ minds past the typical love song and past a melody that they’ve heard 1,000 times to help them access the magic of writing a song in their own unique voice, using universal tools and concepts as a starting point. With a love for lyrics, her own songs are influenced heavily by visual arts, fiction, nature and great songs of the past.
One of the most important experiences that has shaped her as a songwriter is co-writing with other musicians. Co-writing is a powerful teacher because it forces you to keep your ego in check, and to realize that the only thing that matters is not whose idea it is, but how well it serves the song. As she says, “the fun part is recognizing that if your true goal is to write a great song, you are excited any time your co-writer improves on your idea with a better one!”
Mahea is an educator, composer, and pianist with a deep passion for the way music helps us better understand ourselves and each other.
She started studying piano and theory as a toddler, and started teaching music while in middle school. Since then, she has worked as a composer, arranger, lyricist, music director, performer, producer, and educator. In addition to being a mentor, she's Soundfly's VP of Learning and Curriculum Development. Mahea attended Berklee College of Music, where she majored in Contemporary Writing and Production and minored in theory.
In her last semester at Berklee, her advanced harmonic concepts instructor told her that "... any chord can move to any chord, as long as you what you're doing and why you're doing it." That idea really resonated with her, strengthening her belief that the desire to understand one's artistic intentions should be at the core of the creation process.
Mahea teaches her students to approach theory and analysis in a practical way, using them as tools to better articulate what they're trying to say with their music.
Andre is a composer, film scorer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist with a degree in Film Scoring and Contemporary Conducting from Berklee College of Music. He has had 38 original cues placed on 7 national television shows on networks including Bravo, TLC, CBS Sports, Oprah Winfrey Network, and WE TV to name a few, and has written numerous orchestral works. He tours the world as a guitarist with the band Tobi Lee & Mustang Sally, playing major festivals all over the world.
One of the biggest challenges Andre ever overcame was having to compose, orchestrate, mock up, score prep, and sync wall-to-wall original music to a short animated film as his final project at Berklee. He'd never written 10 minutes of continuous music before, but he conquered it by focusing on individual cues and orchestrating them one at a time. This piece-by-piece approach allowed him to complete the project and get an A from his instructor.
Andre loves all kinds of music, from Van Halen to Stravinsky, Mozart to Metallica. He hopes to help his students achieve their big picture goals by breaking them down into more achievable steps and nailing them each step of the way. You can hear more of his work here.
Tim is an award-winning composer for TV and film, embracing a wide range of mediums in his compositions, from electronics to full orchestras. Tim is classically trained, having studied at Trinity College Of Music and Dance and receiving his MA in film scoring at The Royal College Of Music, where he was also granted the Ian Lombe Award.
Since graduating, he's composed works for a range of clients, media, and programs, including major documentaries on the BBC, award-winning animations for the BFI, and ads for major brands, like Victoria Beckham. His original works have been performed in some of the UK's most noted venues.
One of the strangest pieces he ever wrote was called "Aluminium Bashed in Their Brains And Ate Their Imaginations" and was written for scaffold bars, tam-tam, and a 6-foot, copper-pipe wind chime. It was first performed for a competition, but fell totally flat. A year later, he entered the same piece into another competition related to mining, and won! Sometimes, you just need the right opportunity for your piece.
Tim is excited to work with people on their arrangements in a variety of contexts, whether composing your first piece for orchestra or learning how to better add digital strings to your music.
Sırma is a singer, songwriter, producer, and topliner who has recorded with the likes of Akon, Illenium, and Keri Hilson. She has recorded and produced vocals for jingles for major ads, and written and produced original tracks that hit the top of the Spotify charts in her native Turkey. She studied Contemporary Writing & Production at Berklee College of Music, where she learned to become a self-sufficient, multi-faceted musician. She also studied production and mixing at London School of Sound, and has worked at various studios on production and sound engineering.
One of Sırma's early musical experiences involved placing 3rd at a professional jazz singing contest at 18, after which she was invited to represent Turkey in the World Choir for the 2010 World Cup song “Oh Africa.” For the recording session and the music video shoot, Sırma had to interrupt her first semester at Berklee for a week and fly to LA to work with Akon and Keri Hilson. Fresh out of high school and immediately faced with a packed schedule, she then understood the true meaning of being a professional musician today: always being prepared to seize any and every opportunity.
Sırma loves working with students at the intersection of songwriting and production, helping them figure out how to produce the sounds they hear in their heads using the software at their fingertips. In particular, she specializes in vocal production. Sign up for a Headliners Club session with Sırma here!
Sam is an electronic producer and singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn. His original music, created under the moniker Nerve Leak, has been featured on popular Spotify playlists and praised by major publications like The Fader and Bullett Magazine. For the past several years, he has been working as a freelance producer and composer for the music house Mophonics, during which time he's produced music for major ad campaigns, including Taco Bell, Honda, Sketchers, Coke, Converse, and more.
Initially setting out to be a lead guitarist in a psychedelic jam band, Sam's evolution to a producer and beat maker is a grandiose one. Whether it was jazz, indie, trap, classical, EDM, or folk, each genre presented something purposeful to him. And while he predominately works in the electronic and hip-hop world today, his experience with various genres gives him a unique gift to help students from diverse backgrounds of music.
Sam works mostly in Ableton Live, and is an expert at helping students master their production processes and techniques to create more professional-sounding music. Whether you want help making fuller beats or a more dynamic arrangement, Sam can help you dive into the DAW and figure out how to meet your goals.
Ian is an entrepreneur, composer, and pianist — and the founder of Soundfly. He’s played all over Europe, North America, and Asia as one-third of the modern classical, experimental trio Sontag Shogun, performed with incredible musicians like Julia Kent, Matana Roberts, and Greg Fox, composed music for films and videos, including the award-winning short film Rosa: These Storms, and recorded multiple well-received albums.
Ian’s first ever show performing original material with a group was completely inappropriate. He and his bandmates were booked to support Girl Talk at a showcase at Brandeis, and performed an experimental improvised set of music. Most of the audience was there to dance, not lose themselves in a cerebral reflection on life and loss. Whatever the case, the experience was actually incredibly rewarding and led to two projects that have since toured the world numerous times, proving that you never know what will happen when you say “Yes” to things.
Ian hopes that his students will push themselves a little bit forward each week, and realize that the best outcomes are achieved in small steps.
Keturah is a songwriter, producer, and music marketing guru with an MA in music marketing from Berklee College of Music. She has a passion for branding strategies, and studied with some fantastic mentors, including Yvette Noel-Schure (Beyonce, Prince), Brian Message (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Radiohead), and Imogen Heap. As a songwriter, she has written and performed original works around the world, most recently on a European tour. Last year, one of her tracks was included in iHeartRadio's Newbie Hall of Fame four weeks in a row, leading to an invitation to perform at the iHeart Radio Lounge in Tennessee.
One of the best pieces of advice Keturah ever received was: "You can do it all. You just can't do it all at once." She aims to work with students to set up realistic goals that can help them create more deliberate marketing strategies for their work.
You can hear some of her music here.
Angela is a music entrepreneur, publicist, and educator with a passion for helping emerging artists reach the next level in their craft. A few years ago, she founded her own PR agency — Muddy Paw PR — to help passionate, driven artists develop more effective public campaigns and garner coverage that will move their careers forward. Today, the Muddy Paw family has become a “a tireless, thriving, spirited force,” getting placements in top publications such as Alternative Press, Noisey, Substream, Idobi New Noise, and more.
Angela has been immersed in the world of music since 2009 when she started her own music blog Infectious Magazine, where she fielded press releases, coordinated artist coverage, and managed 10-15 writers. Since then, she has spoken on panels at SXSW 2016, Indie Week 2015, and CMW 2016, and is also a proud curator of the music community Balanced Breakfast.
She’s excited to work with students to challenge the status quo in a way that pushes them and their dreams inexorably forward and creates a better music industry for everyone.