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Nick is a singer, actor, music director, and a cappella arranger who’s done just about every role you can do in musical theater. Having studied music education and drama in college with a M.A. in acting, Nick has performed and music directed a ton of shows across NYC, regional theaters, and even on TV. He is a specialist in stage combat and a cappella arranging, and loves bringing music into the roles he’s working on.
Nick loves learning new instruments and has had to do it a number of times for different stage roles. He recently did a show where he was asked “Do you play the concertina?” Without thinking, he said “Sure!” before realizing that they intended him to play it on stage in front of a paying audience a week later. He figured it out, and made it work — and reinforced the lesson that sometimes the greatest risks lead to the most rewarding moments!
It can be tough going into a rehearsal room feeling like you’re depending on other people or not entirely sure what you’re doing. Nick hopes that all his students walk away from the Music Theory for Broadway Actors course more confident and self-reliant.
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 new docu-series, 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.
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, and composition specifically, helps us understand ourselves and each other better.
She’s been playing classical piano for more than 25 years and studied Contemporary Writing & Production at Berklee College of Music, where she wrote works for a variety of genres, including jazz, classical, pop, and more. She’s been involved with a variety of contemporary groups, including The Marias, Tiger Speak, Newspaper Yacht Club, and lead songwriter for electro-pop outfit Lennox.
While at Berklee, someone told her that “any chord can move smoothly to any other chord if you know what you’re doing.” Having studied classical music for more than 20 years, it was a lightbulb moment that’s allowed her to stop asking Yes or No questions in music, but How and Why, instead.
As Soundfly’s VP of Learning and Curriculum, she’d like all Soundfly students to walk away from their courses similarly thinking about music theory more as a toolbox than a set of rules, so that they can use those tools to say something powerful and unique in their own voice.
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.
Liam is the bassist, songwriter, and performer behind the indie-folk project yellowbirddd. Since graduating Berklee in 2007, he’s released 4 LPs (and 3 EPs) as yellowbirddd, played sold out theaters with the Allison Weiss band, and performed all over the US, UK, and Australia.As a songwriter and composer, Liam’s songs are lyrical and melancholic. He’s had songs featured in all sorts of places from ads for Greyhound Bus company, Samuel Adams, and Men’s Warehouse to the independent films Never and Between The Miles. His acoustic lamentation “Working Through It” has been featured in the official Spotify playlists Lost In The Woods and Soft Indie Backdrop, and has received over 600k streams.
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.