Pyramind Student Spotlight Roundup

2020 Student Spotlight Roundup – part 3

For over 20 years Pyramind has been at the forefront of offering industry-leading courses and programs focusing on music production, sound engineering, DJing, performance, and more! In that time we have trained hundreds of students who have gone on to accomplish amazing things in the industry.

 

We are proud to say that our students have done everything from toured internationally, playing festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra, and Tomorrowland as well as developed and operated their own record labels, and have gone on to work for some of the biggest companies in the world. For example, we’ve had students employed at Doublefine/Microsoft, Insomniac/Sony, Disney, Blizzard, and more. Not only that but our alumni have released on revered labels such as Anjunadeep and OWSLA amongst others.

 

If you are subscribed to our newsletter then you’ll recognize these faces. Each week we spotlight one alumni or student and we’ve compiled them all here for you to check out. 

 

Zaxcess - Pyramind Student Spotlight

Zaxcess

Zac, aka Zaxcess, graduated from our Complete program last year with flying colors. Acing the Pro Tools Expert qualifying exam set him up for his current career in game audio. Since his move to LA he has released an EP entitled The Takeover, worked on a game entitled Artificial Selection and has even written a book about Reason… yes… the software!

About his time at Pyramind, Zac says,  “Being around people who are genuinely passionate about something is really inspiring. Having the opportunity to learn in a professional studio environment is also exciting, especially for doing sound to picture and surround mixing.

On the artistic side, I would say that learning the approach to quickly go from collecting a few musical ideas to arranging them into a full song was really valuable. On the technical side, getting to see how to organize and structure a mix session in a professional way was enormously helpful; in particular, learning how to correctly use reference tracks is a very valuable skill.”  

Listen to The Takeover HERE, buy his book HERE, and check out the demo for Artificial Selection HERE.

Brennan Anderson

This is a milestone week for Pyramind alum, Brennan Anderson: last Friday Square Enix released Marvel’s Avengers. This is Brennan’s first AAA title and we couldn’t be more proud of him, or more excited to play this game!

After graduating from our Sound for Picture and Games program, Brennan went on to become an audio producer at Disney Interactive, working on audio for games like Big Hero 6: Bot Fight and Star Wars: Assault Team.

After his stint at Disney he returned to Pyramind in 2016 as a production lead for our studios and to teach our Wwise audio for games implementation course. During that time he developed audio for Nomadic VR as well as for HTC Vive’s Arcade Saga VR amongst others.

He left Pyramind in 2018 for an Audio Designer position at Crystal Dynamics, the studio that has developed many games including the very successful Tomb Raider Series.

Whether you’re looking for online or ground campus, book a call with our friendly admissions team to begin your transformation at Pyramind

Siddhant Bhosle - Pyramind Student Spotlight

Siddhant Bhosle

Siddhant, AKA Sid, son of famous Indian singer Sudesh Bhosle graduated from Pyraminds Electronic Music Producer program in 2018.

Since then he has traveled the world and released multiple tracks and music videos, most recently released his new single, Fida on all streaming services.

Stream Fida here, watch the video here, and check out the spotlight we did in-studio with Sid here

Valeria Bonilla AKA ValVan - Pyramind Student Alumni

Valeria Bonilla AKA ValVan

Valvan, was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, starting her musical journey taking guitar lessons at age 10. Her interest in electronic music began whith DJ lessons while managing a bar in Buenos Aires. After moving to Aukland, she began honing her production chops with a local techno DJ. After finding Pyramind on YouTube, she stopped by San Francisco on a trip home to Uruguay to see our facilities and 6 and a half months later she won our 2019 EMP scholarship
 
Over the past year, she’s released a track on Miolli Music with her production partner Damienn, reaching number 8 on the Beatport Techno charts. She’s currently working on her freshman solo EP release. After meeting Bob Duskis, President and co-founder of Six Degrees Records during a Pyramind guest presentation she was able to secure an internship with the label as a marketing assistant.

Check out her new track on Mioli Music here and her Instagram here.
Anjanette - Pyramind Student Spotlight

Anjanette

After finishing Pyramind’s Ableton Night Program Anjanette Lanae has made a living creating and selling beats on Beatstars, making tutorial videos, and releasing singles and EPs.

She demonstrates her production prowess as her own artist and as part of the duo Evanae.

Read below to learn more about The Ableton Night Program and to listen to Anjanette’s music click HERE.

Oriele Poole - Pyramind Student Spotlight

Oriele Poole

Since graduating from Pyramind in 2015, Oriel has gone on to become a serious creative force to be reckoned with, releasing 4 music videos in just the past year.

Most recently, she has collaborated with Max Savage of Noisy Savage fame (also a Pyramind Alum you’ll remember from a few spotlights ago) and is working on an entire new EPs worth of music. In her words “my job is my passion”.

Check out her Youtube channel here, her performance at Pyramind Studios here, and her Instagram here.

Whether you’re looking for online or ground campus, book a call with our friendly admissions team to begin your transformation at Pyramind

Max Savage - Pyramind Student Alumni

Max Savage

Hailing from Marin county, Max started at Pyramind in 2011, and ever since graduation his production company, Noisey Savage has garnered a large amount of album credits, including Cathedrals, New Spell, and fellow Pyramind alum, Oriel Poole.

Founded in 2013, Noisy Savage is a boutique production house for all forms of media. After moving to Paris to continue his work in film, he has recently returned to the Bay Area to take the production company to the next level.

Check out his website here, as well as his Insta here

Alexis Harris AKA Pfuzz - Pyramind Student Spotlight

Alexis Harris aka Pfuzz

PFuzz, is a Berklee College of music Alum, classically trained violinist / violin instructor and music producer, who relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area 4 years ago.

Her passion for electronic music, especially when stemming from classical and jazz roots, brought her to study at Pyramind in 2019.

A few of her notable influences include Niccolo Paganini, Bach, Rachmaninoff, The Prodigy, Amon Tobin, Noisia, and Wolfgang Gartner. Her music integrates her classical training along with her love for glitchy sound design and electronic music.

The PFuzz Sol Potion remix creates a downtempo chill-vibe, layered with lush sound design, glitchy effects, and atmospheric soundscapes. Her remix is filled with exciting ear candy, a groovy ethereal vibe, and the incorporation of glitched out acoustic violin.

 



Mario Graham - Pyramind Student Spotlight

Mario Graham

Mario, aka Sharc, came to us from Miami Florida in 2015 with guitar skills and a thirst for knowledge.

After graduation, he was immediately scooped up as one of our Studio Managers and quickly rose the ranks to be an integral part of our administrative staff.

Mario’s influences vary from electronic artists like Koan Sound, punk artists like Jeff Rosenstock, jazz artists like Pat Methenty and plenty more. He currently teaches the higher level Sound Design courses at our Ground Campus, and has overseen the re-construction of our brand new Logic Pro X classes as noted above.

He is a founding member of the Pyramind_tv Twitch stream, an avid gamer, and recently completed his first PC build.

Listen to Marios music Soundcloud and book him on our mentorship network here.

Josh Valdez - Pyramind Student Spotlight

Josh Valdez

Since graduating from Pyramind in 2018, Josh, aka Augnos, has ingrained himself as a mainstay in the Vaporwave community, as well as the Pyrafam. Post-graduation he worked as an audio instructor at The Academy Of Art and then returned to Pyramind after applying for the position of studio manager.

He is now using the Pro Tools chops he learned in school to complete mixing and mastering projects that include work for Microsoft and Wested. He also works on multiple Podcasts including Mentor My Mix. He also is currently running his own music showcase, Fresh .Wavs, and co-hosting the Private Suite Podcast.

Check out his SoundCloud here, and if you’re into Vapowave or just want to find out what it’s all about check out Fresh .Wavs here

Andrew Scanlan - Pyramind Student Spotlight

Andrew Scanlan

Andrew is a graduate of Pyramind’s Complete Program from 2014. Post-graduation he quickly moved from being an intern to being an integral part of our marketing department.

In 2018 he took a position working at Pollen Music Group as both a Producer and resident “Data Wizard.”

He along with Austin Baxter, also a Pyramind Alum who is their resident Audio Engineer and Code Artist, are part of the twelve-person team at Pollen where they specialize in music and sound design development and research in AI and VR.

When not working with the team at Pollen, Andrew continues to record music with multiple Pyramind alumni and works and 
plays in two local cover bands, The Frosted Tips, and Casual Encounters.
 
You can check out Pollen’s Instagram here, and his website here

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