BEAT LAB INSTRUCTORS

Our instructors are future thinking, working artist who devote their passion to mentoring musicians while touring and developing their own music career.

At Beat Lab we truly believe the importance of mentorship and personal guidance while enriching your knowledge with experts in their field.

YEUDA BEN-ATAR (SIDE BRAIN) | HEAD OF EDUCATION

CEO and Founder, Beat Lab’s head instructor. Yeuda is a producer, performer, and music educator based in Los Angeles, California. He started out his musical career playing the keys and guitar in the 90s.  Then went on to produce hip-hop and soul-influenced music. Two years he became one of the first and few Ableton Certified Trainers in Los Angeles and later founded Beat Lab LA to teach classroom lessons in advanced electronic music production and performance.

As an Artist Side Brain play live beats on Video Game Controllers.

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MIKE PARVIZI (PENTHOUSE PENTHOUSE) | ABLETON

Music producer and multi-instrumentalist based out of Los Angeles, Mike is a co-founder of LA collective Team Supreme and half of the production duo Penthouse Penthouse. Mike has completed a national tour with The Glitch Mob at shows including the Coachella Valley Music Festival.

Alongside his own artist projects and jaw-dropping list of VIP private Ableton students, Mike has worked with artists including rapper Vic Mensa, Flea (of RHCP), Blake Sennett (formerly of Rilo Kiley), and Nick Hexum (of 311) amongst others.

He is a professional session musician and writes with artists such as Clams Casino, 12th Planet, Mr. Carmack, Djemba Djemba, Diplo, Alison Wonderland, Busdriver, Nocando, and many more. He co-produced Mad Decent vocalist LIZ Y2K’s 2014 hit ‘Don’t Say’ ft. Tyga, and co-wrote Alison Wonderland’s hit single ‘U Don’t Know’.

DANIELLE THWAITES | COMPOSITION

Danielle is an Los Angeles based producer, songwriter and artist. She has a dual major Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Production & Design and Contemporary Writing & Production from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Danielle has performed and programmed live shows for various artists such as Madame Gandhi, Common, KYLE and Ezi. She’s also programmed and performed live sets for music equipment manufactures like Sensel, Strange Electronic and iZotope. She has been working with Beats By Girlz since 2016 and is now the communications director of the non-profit and one of two Los Angeles chapter teachers. Danielle also performs, writes and produces under the name Daiza, creating alternative electronic music. One of the most exciting parts about being on stage is seeing the direct empowerment she has on the audience, specifically women, to create, compose and produce.

 

LOREN MOORE | MIXING & MASTERING

music producer, multi-instrumentalist and mixing engineer based in Los Angeles.

Native to England, he moved to America performing in bands and writing solo aliases including his own band touring across the US with Mayday Parade, There For Tomorrow and more. Later he started his former alias, IDestiny, gaining millions of plays across major blog sites and achieving releases on Warner Bros and EDM Network while producing and mixing for artists as his career developed.

He currently develops upcoming artists, new projects and works with producers such as Richard Vission for song placements with major artists like PitbullAustin MahoneSkylar SteckerIndiana Massara, and more. His mixing clientele includes artists/producers such as Dave AudéLatroitMetro StationSavi and many more.

EMILIANO ALMEIDA (TWO PLUS) | RHYTHM

Two Plus (aka Emiliano Almeida) Is a producer, DJ, and drummer with a vast studio and live experience. Originally a professional drummer/percussionist by trade, he has recorded, played and toured with artists and bands with a myriad of musical styles. As an electronic producer, he’s interested in creating music by using a hybrid approach of combining electronic and acoustic elements.

AMAZULU | AFRICAN PERCUSSION

AmazuluNanga is from The Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) and The Kingdom of Morocco with a slice of Belgium, and is all about World music and tribal sounds. He was raised in an Afropean family with the rhythm and the vibration of soukouss rhumba and traditional Congolese music.

AmazuluNanga is an Afro Ethno Dancehall producer and a recording artist, percussionist, choreographer, sculptor, and turntablist.

JESSE WOOLSTEN | TECHNOLOGICAL SOUND DESIGN

Jesse is a composer and motion designer from Auckland, New Zealand. His musical output is primarily modern classical and abstract electronic. Jesse is a certified Sound Designer & Producer from the Berklee School of Music, who currently builds large-scale international audio/visual art installations, sound exhibits, and compositions for documentary & art films.works independently in graphic and motion design. He currently resides in Highland Park.

DAMON STEELE | CLUB PERFORMANCE

Damon Steele is a producer, DJ and solo artist from Salt Lake City, Utah. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2016, Steele has established himself as a formidable force in the city’s fervent music scene. Steele controls dance floors with a vibrant spectrum of urban and electronic music, drawing on influences the world over. Steele’s versatility as a tastemaker has earned him sets at LA hotspots like Sound Nightclub, Exchange, the Highlight Room, and Skybar, international gigs in Berlin and London, and supporting sets for Hoodboi, Mr. Carmack, Matoma, Goldroom, Klingande, and Jerry Folk. In addition, his ear-catching production work has earned him a #1 remix on the Hype Machine charts, and co-signs from the likes of big name artists including Pretty Lights, as well as industry leading music publications including Nest HQ, Dancing Astronaut, and Electronic Groove.

DJ INTURN (MARTIN GAFFNEY) |TURTABLISM & SCRATCHING

Open format DJ, music producer, and digital marketer from Los Angeles, CA. Martin’s journey into DJing started in college where he learned how to play records and interned at a DJ management based in Hollywood. From there, he learned from some of the best DJs working in the music industry while playing at high profile nightclubs and events. He recently left a digital marketing internship from Sound Nightclub to TA the DJ program.

 

SYNTAX (JANE CHOI) | DESIGNING SETS

DJ, producer, and music consultant from Harrington Park, NJ. She relocated to Los Angeles in 2012 and has since paved her musical path, completing Certification Programs at Scratch DJ Academy and Beat Lab Academy, and DJing esteemed venues in LA, SF, NYC, Las Vegas, and Burning Man. Jane has played several headlining shows for clients including Facebook, Instagram, Hulu (and a VIP party for Depeche Mode in Madison Square Garden), and has supported Claude VonStroke, Goldroom, and Mord Fustang. Jane is currently producing her first body of work to be released in fall 2018 and serving as a music consultant for Celebrity Cruises on their newest luxury cruise, the Edge.

 

DANNY ANDRESS | THEORY & COMPOSITION

Danny Andress is a L.A. based keyboardist, electronic music producer, and educator. His primary musical interests are in electronic music, downtempo, ambient, minimal, glitch, and jazz. In 2013 he received his MFA in Music from UC Irvine on scholarship, and his BA in Music from UC San Diego in 2011, being awarded academic and merit based scholarships for music. He has since taught for numerous schools across southern California, and has worked as keyboardist or music director in several bands.

ADRIAN HIBBS | KEYBOARD STYLING & COMPING

As a versatile keyboard player and colorful arranger, Adrian’s style is a concoction of rhythm, blues, electro-funk, and saturated soul. He’s toured internationally, performed and recorded with such shows and artists as Jussie Smollett, Wanya Morris (Boys II Men), MTV Awards Asia, Summer Sonic Fest Tokyo, New Orleans Voodoo Fest, Last Call with Carson Daly, Rove Live Australia, Intergalactix, Plain White T’s, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Lex Sadler, Tim Lefebvre and Panic! at the Disco. He released a self-titled EP The Adrian Hibbs Project in NYC produced by Scotty Hard (Wutang, MMW, Boogie Down Productions) and single “D’tailed” with master drummer James Gadson. His LP E.D.E.N. (Every Day Every Night) was released December 2014 produced by David Ott (Empire, Jussie Smollett) and Taylor Graves (Thundercat, Kimbra) and led Adrian to sign with the U.K.’s Touch Tones Music Group as their first Los Angeles based songwriter.  His musical influences run the gamut from Stevie Wonder, Zapp and Roger, Sly & the Family Stone to Earth Wind & Fire.

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