We are tremendously excited to announce the 2nd wave of teachers for Dubspot LA! Mark de Clive Lowe, Jeremy Ellis, James Bernard, and Emch Subatomic will join our talented team of instructors at DSLA starting this Summer!
Dubspot LA Teachers 2nd Wave for June 2014:
Mark de Clive-Lowe, Jeremy Ellis, James Bernard, Emch Subatomic
Dubspot LA is coming this summer, and we have been deep in planning mode for many months now, finessing the launch of our new school in Hollywood. Our primary focus is to build the best teaching staff possible. After our previous announcement of the first wave of DSLA teachers in January, we are very proud and excited to announce the second wave of confirmed teachers for Dubspot LA. Get to know Mark de Clive-Lowe, Jeremy Ellis, James Bernard, and Emch Subatomic!
Mark de Clive-Lowe [Music Foundations]
Mark de Clive-Lowe is a Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, DJ, and performer. Originally from New Zealand, MdCL is an incredible performer, known for utilizing drum machines, keyboards, and effects for a truly live experience. Mark has lent his unique sound and production techniques to artists ranging from Lauryn Hill to Leon Ware. He has collaborated with musicians including Sheila E and Pino Palladino, and released music on labels such as Louie Vega‘s Masters At Work Records and prestigious jazz imprints such as Verve and Impulse. Mark de Clive-Lowe will be teaching Music Foundations courses at Dubspot Los Angeles.
Mark de Clive-Lowe demonstrates the use of the Minor Pentatonic in a special masterclass at Dubspot in 2012
Jeremy Ellis [Music Production: Maschine]
Jeremy Ellis developed as a student of jazz and classical piano and percussion, cutting his teeth in the Detroit music scene performing with Jazzhead, the jazz-fusion group that also featured Ubiquity label mate John Arnold. He has played worldwide as a member of Time:Space, and over the years has worked with Detroit producers John Beltran, Carl Craig, Recloose, and Alton Miller. Artists as varied as Bach and Chopin, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, the Beatles and U2, are his main influences. He’s an extremely curious musician always delving into new styles and picking up new tricks as he goes. Most recently Ellis has become a master of Native Instrument’s Maschine platform, so it’s no wonder that he’ll be teaching Maschine courses at DSLA this summer.
Jeremy Ellis performs on Native Instruments Maschine
James Bernard [Sound Design]
Dubspot instructor and sound designer James Bernard has been producing electronic music since 1993 under many different monikers. His earliest releases were on the legendary UK record label, Rising High Records, alongside artists like Luke Vibert, Mixmaster Morris, The Black Dog, Union Jack, and Hardfloor. Some of his releases as Influx such as Braineater (on Sapho Records) are considered classics in the early hard trance and acid scenes, but still sound fresh today. His ambient album, James Bernard – Atmospherics (originally released in 1993) is considered by some as one of the most ground breaking albums of its time.
In recent years, James Bernard has become known as a guru of sound design and synthesis, worked as a product specialist for Propellerhead’s Reason software, and performed for Korg at NAMM 2014. We are eager to have James on board as a sound design instructor for DSLA this summer.
James Bernard takes a deeper look at the Tempest analog synthesizer Dave Smith Instruments and Roger Linn Design.
Emch aka Subatomic Sound System [Music Production: Ableton]
Emch is the producer, DJ, and musician who spearheads NYC’s Subatomic Sound System. Music software has been crucial to his success as artist and label manager, allowing him to travel the earth, recently touring with dub legend Lee “Scratch” Perry.
His record label Subatomic Sound still puts out vinyl and has released music featuring icons such as Grammy winning Jamaican dub originator Lee “Scratch” Perry, American filmmaker David Lynch, and UK punk pioneer Ari Up, as well as dancehall reggae titans like Anthony B and Elephant Man in unlikely combinations with next generation bass music producers. As a band leader for Perry on several U.S. tours including shows at Coachella and Red Bull Music Academy in 2013 he uses a combination of software and musicians to recreate both the sounds of traditional dub reggae as well as electronic music live on stage. Emch also is the founder of Dub Champions Festival which occurs annually in North America and Europe (in cooperation with Dubblestandart), manages Kingston, Jamaica based dancehall reggae label Peoples Records JA, and is a radio host on Brooklyn Radio. A recent MTV article suggested, “Someone should make a Buckaroo Banzai-style movie about this guy’s life.” Under his guiding principle of forcing humanity back into the machine, Emch has become most widely known for using computers to create and perform music that connects classic analog reggae to future digital bass music.
Bred on analog but spread on digital, Emch has built an independent music career by successfully using computers to create, record, mix, master, distribute, and perform music for nearly 15 years. An interest in the studio experiments of Jimi Hendrix, Lee Perry, & Public Enemy coupled with the DIY attitude of punk rock, led him to recording and becoming an early adopter of music software. He saw it as the future of independent music and taught himself to use the earliest versions of recording and DJ software still popular today. In 2001, he confused and upset judges by winning Red Bull’s Vinylab DJ competition in NYC using the first version of Native Instruments’ Traktor.
We are excited to have Emch’s deep knowledge of sound on board for DSLA’s Music Production with Ableton Live program this summer.