Our Instructors & Mentors!


Aamir EngineerAamir Yaqub is a London-based producer, GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, and songwriter. He is managed by Metropolis Artist Management, and has worked extensively at Metropolis Studios where he collaborated with a number of respected GRAMMY® Award-winning artists, producers and engineers including Rihanna, David Guetta, Ne-Yo, Will.I.Am and Leona Lewis, as well as with major labels and corporations. Aamir‘s own sound bears heavy influence from his idols; Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and contemporary visionaries Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Dr. Dre, Salaam Remi, No ID & Kanye West. Aamir is also endorsed by Roland/Boss Instruments.
 

Ableton TutorAli Jamieson is a producer, remixer, record label owner, DJ and songwriter. Having released on Sup Peeps Records, Empire State, Mortar and Pestle, Neonized, Electronic Rumours, Los Grandes, Sunlinxx and La Valigetta. With just shy of 10 years in the music industry, he’s worked at leading studios including Strongroom and Bonafide, mastering suites (Red Light Post and Air Post) and sound design agencies (Sample Magic). He runs London indie outfit Heavy Disco Records and writes for Future Music Magazine. As an educator, he’s grade 8 LCM music theory and Tobin Music trained associate.

 

Marcello Ruggiu Ableton certified trainerMarcello Ruggiu is a London-based sound engineer and music producer, who went freelance in 2006 for live events and studio sessions. He started making music with his computer at the age of sixteen, mixing his passion for breakbeats with his experiments in sound design under the artist name Amousement. He creates a texture of Electronic, Bass Music and Melodic Breakcore. He has released tracks for respected labels around the world including Altosync, Till2012, Sociopath, Sostanze, Irma, and Pandead. In 2009 he become an Ableton Certified Trainer leading workshops and music production courses all around the country.

 
Songwriting tutorAlex Von Soos is a London-based songwriter and producer. He is a trained classical pianist and has spent many years analysing the theory behind hit songs. His own successes include a UK No. 1 Hit with the All Saints (Black Coffee) and cuts by Atomic Kitten and many other artists worldwide, sellling more than 5 million records in the process. Alex has worked with some of the most prolific hit writers in the business including Cathy Dennis (Britney Spears, Katy Perry) and Wayne Hector (JLS, Westlife). Currently, Alex is writing and producing albums for new artists Dan Akio and Cherry Greene. He has also been busy in the advertising and music branding field working with companies like Coca-Cola and Vodafone. Watch a taster video on Alex’s unique top-line writing methods HERE
 
Olly Goodman is the man behind Devils Gun. He began writing music at the impressionable age of 14 working with drum & bass legends Micky Finn & Aphrodite, quickly releasing his own tracks through various labels to great success and nationwide radio play. On return from a messy boy’s holiday in Ibiza, he found his brain had been rewired – and decided to turn his hand to writing house music. He immediately found radio support for his first house bootleg (a remix of Lionel Riche’s All Night Long) from Radio 1’s Chris Moyles who championed the mix for over 2 months ensuring daily airplay. The decision proved wise – major labels started knocking on his door and he found himself a go-to remixer for artists as diverse as Lionel Richie to New Order.

Olly wanted more so he and a friend decided to start a band and focus on creating something so unique and devastating that it was impossible to ignore. Devils Gun was formed! Tours ensued and the band hit the festival circuit playing venues ranging from the Glastonbury East Dance tent to V Festival, the Isle of Wight to Get Loaded in the Park where they found themselves supporting 2 Many Djs among others. Later the boys gigged with now world famous singer/rapper Example. From this friendship came their biggest remix to date – Example’s – Watch the Sun Come Up. With over 2 million YouTube views they quickly found themselves inundated with remix requests from some of the world’s biggest artists and bands wanting the Devils’ unique touch and heavy electro sound on their tracks.

Currently residing in his studio in Dalston, Olly now works alone focusing on writing sharp edged forward thinking pop songs which brought him to the notice of Notting Hill Publishing & into the world’s filing cabinet of exciting new talent. Most recently Olly has been the official producer for the rapper / pop star Example writing his new album over the last 6 months & also celebrating Radio 1 song of the week for a track he co-wrote for Julian Perretta – Tied Up. Last year saw his first number 1 single and world number 1 album with the lead single ‘Paradox’ from Arashi album ‘Love’. Other cuts involve Mike Posner, Sam Sparro and writing original material with Ed Sheeran & Blake Lewis.
 
Gareth Cox has been producing electronic music since the age of 11. Earning his industry stripes working a Pro Tools engineer with the “Lo-Fidelity Allstars” in Brighton. Here he worked alongside the likes of Will Quantic and Indian Ropeman. A drummer & recording artist in his own right, Gareth’s own productions mostly draw influence from the Techno, Hardcore, Ambient & IDM genres. He has released music on various labels, from The Centrifuge, Jalapeño Records, Lost Tribe and BECAUSE Music and remixed work for Rae & Christian, Beatnik Tv and Denai Moore. Check out his recent alias here.
 
Haris Custovic (MA Sound Arts) is a musician, composer, sound designer, music producer and Laus Music label founder. He works is in the field of contemporary and electro-acoustic music, using various musical instruments and digital technology. Passionate about experimenting with audio and video media, he achieves his sound by using techniques of transformation / fusion of organic and synthetic material, challenging genre classification and moving borders of set musical forms. His releases regularly receive great feedback and top support from djs and fans worldwide. In his audiovisual work, Haris deeply explores interaction of sound and image. In his career, with over 100 original releases, remixes and compilation licences, Haris performed at many prestige stages across the globe and has been a guest DJ on many music stations. Custovic is also an educator and supports talent development. He is active composer, writing music for international media industry. His dj set is a fluidly pieced, dynamic combination of pulsating polyrhythms, rolling basses, unusual and melodic and vocal lines. It shows feelings of deepness and drive, lightness and darkness, tension and release – offering one energetic, uplifting and emotive experience.
 
Steve Rodway is an ASCAP award-winning, Grammy nominated songwriter, producer and one of the UK’s top remixers – showering the world with dance floor remixes, which skilfully give precedent to the original vocals and, propelling tracks into the biggest clubs and onto the world’s radio waves.  With millions of sales worldwide, Steve is known for a plethora of hits and chart-scoring productions for artists from Jason Derulo, Katy Perry and Selena Gomez to the Spice Girls, the Pet Shop Boys and his own Motiv8 releases. Steve also produced and co-wrote the worldwide number one smash ‘Ooh…Aah..Just A Little Bit’. Companies Steve has worked with include amongst others Sony, BMG, Universal, Virgin, EMI, Warner Music, and Capitol.
 
Chris FinkeChris Finke aka Bodyjack is a full time DJ, producer, remixer, broadcaster and label boss. Chris has been touring the world for the last 12 years and he has remixed over 30 artists including A Guy Called Gerald and Mark Broom, released music on a number of high profile labels and last year launched his “Bodyjack” alias. His first 3 EP’s under that name have been hammered on Radio 1 and Rinse FM, and he is recording for labels like Hypercolour, Unknown To The Unknown and Ultramajic to name a few. He has also taught for Ministry of Sound worldwide, and appeared on “The Gadget Show” teaching Orits Deely to DJ!
 
Rebel SonixLarry Holcombe is an Apple certified Logic Pro instructor, engineer for MYNC and in-house mixing and mastering engineer for CR2 records. He has remix credits including top artists Roots Manuva, Coldplay and Kylie Minogue. He has also released records as DEF inc. (Botchit and Scarper), Rebel Sonix (Eight FX) and produced house tracks recently as Disco du Jour and Zelma, and his new solo project is Endemix. His DJing has taken him all over the world from Minsk to Mumbai including live shows at Glastonbury and the Glade festival. He has also produced theme tunes for BBC TV and produced commercials for companies such as Haribo sweets and Sky TV amongst others and regularly produces chart topping sample packs for Sample Magic.
 
Audio engineering schools mixing and mastering tutorPete Gleadall has made records with George Michael, Madonna, Take That, Robbie Williams, David Bowie and many others. Logic is the centre of his work flow when collaborating with artists like U2 and producers like Trevor Horn. Pete is equally at home in the studio as he is on stage, and recently on the Pet Shop Boys “Pandemonium” tour, he was the musical director and was also nominated for a Grammy for his engineering work with them too. Pete’s dance music productions have been to number 1 in the Billboard dance charts many times, and he has collaborated with some of the business’ biggest names including Danny Tenaglia, Clive Henry (Peace Division – DC10) Smokin’ Jo and Tom Stephan (Superchumbo) to name but a few.
 
Logic studio 9 coursesPaul Waller has 25 years experience in the music industry as a programmer and record producer working with Spice Girls, All Saints, Eric Clapton, BB King, Massive Attack, Bjork, The Beloved, De La Soul, Naughty by Nature to name but a few. He was also a pioneer of UK House music and has worked with countless artists in a vast range of musical styles. Paul has 8 years under his belt teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced students music production, programming beats and music, mixing and mastering , recording, AV specialising in Logic Pro 9. He also lectures BA and MA level on London’s university circuit.
 
Pro Tools mixing and mastering coursesAl Riley started out as an assistant engineer for Coldcut, he worked his way up to In-House Engineer at The Dairy Studios. Since then he has recorded two albums for Tricky, mixed Jazzie B’s ‘Masterpiece’ and has gone on to gain impressive credits on Soul II Soul, The Cinematic Orchestra and Laura Marling, working in recording and mixing studios all over the world including London, Paris and Los Angeles. Al is an Ableton and Pro Tools expert and teaches studio recording techniques right through to mixing masters. Check out Al’s quote on Ableton’s website (between Josh Wink and Deadmau5), and an interview in Music Tech magazine.
 
Sound design for video gamesDom Beken started in-house at EMI’s The Townhouse, later composing and producing BAFTA Award nominated Playstation soundtracks. He’s also written and produced soundtracks for TV adverts including Carlsberg, Head and Shoulders and HSBC, SKY, BBC and Channel 4. Mr Beken is a member of seminal dance act The Orb, and co-wrote and produced last summer’s debut High Frequency Bandwidth album with Alex Paterson. Other credits include Jimmy Cauty (KLF), Rick Wright (Pink Floyd), Liberty X, Lulu, David Bowie, Echo and the Bunnymen, Placebo, Pete Wiley, Graham Park and Manson. Dom can also play drums and keyboards, hosts a radio show on Fnoob. At Universal, all he did was complain about stuff, but now thankfully he’s mellowed in his old age! Watch some videos HERE

Founder

dg-avatarDave Garnish was DJing on Don FM at age sixteen while studying music at the BRIT School in London, with the guitar being his first instrument. In 1995, he set up Blah Parties in a joiner’s factory on Pitfield Street performing as Alf Garnish, spawning what happened after in Shoreditch, London. His engineering career began at Air Lyndhurst Hall, and then the EMI group which then consisted of The Townhouse, Abbey Road, The Manor and Olympic Studios. Artists include Janet Jackson, Madonna, Bjork, All Saints and Massive Attack. Producers ranged from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Nellee Hooper. Until 2001 Dave beta-tested for Emagic Logic Audio before they sold to Apple, in the same year he signed a publishing deal with Universal Music UK.

“Dave Garnish was our in-house producer/writer at Universal for a number of years, and the quality of his work was always outstanding. He’s smart, with an extensive knowledge of different types of music, and I’m sure this will rub off at his music production school” Mike McCormack – MD Universal Music UK