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 you saw that in the first quarter of 2020 we shined a spotlight on some of these success stories including those who have won awards, released new music, and performed around the world. For those of you who didn’t get the chance to meet our alumni, please read on to see our student spotlight round-up!
This week I had a great time hosting Pyramind Alum Eric Luttrell in my ongoing “Planning for Success” guest speaker series for our Music Business 210 class.
Eric shared with us the entire journey of his discovery of electronic music during a college trip abroad to Berlin where he and his college friend Ben Swardlick together chose to come to Pyramind where they met Andy Coenen and formed The M Machine.
From there the indie dance group found success releasing music with OWSLA, and hitting major festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, and Tomorrowland.
The many twists and turns in Eric’s career path has now found him working with the amazing team at Anjunadeep and today he has dropped a full length album called Lucky Ones!
It’s out on all major services and also available on CD and limited edition 2×12″ vinyl with Luttrell-Motif slipcase.
From becoming a world champion DMC scratch DJ to releasing twelve albums and getting on hundreds of thousands of yoga playlists on Spotify, Sol Rising has risen to prominence as one of the top yoga music and ecstatic dance DJs. This is an independent artist success story we think you need to know about.
After discovering meditation, traveling through India, and becoming an accountant, Sol Rising came to Pyramind to further develop his production, DJ, and instrumentation skills, which helped launch his career in the yoga music scene.
Sol Rising has since received millions of streams, earns a living producing and performing, and travels the world as an independent artist. We were lucky enough to have him stop by Pyramind to discuss his expansive career and how he does what he does. Click HERE to watch our full video interview.
Clayton Wolfson aka WolfsOnbience is a graduate of Pyramind’s EMP program.
Since graduating he formed Dub Love Records and is a resident artist for Muckshire Records.
By now you’re likely aware of the many opportunities available for producing license music for TV. You may even have heard some big success stories of songs getting placed that provide a large sync fee and royalties for whoever wrote and published it. Right?
Well we recently sat down with a Pyramind alum, John Honore, to discuss his career creating license music cues for primetime TV. After leaving Pyramind he’s gone on to compose music for a ton of CBS television shows, earning a comfortable living making music nine months out of the year!
Click HERE to read and watch John’s full post on sync licensing.
Ankit is a graduate of our Complete Producer program with a focus on sound for picture and games.
Ankit recently was the Music Director for a short film- “Stains” which speaks about the dichotomy of culture in India regarding menstruation. The film has been showcased in over 15+ Film Festivals and Ankit received the Best Music Director at the FEFKA Film Festival. The film has received plenty of awards for Best Film, Best Music Director and Best Cinematography.
“Matt Donner, I want to thank you personally for guiding me and teaching me how to score films.
I dedicate this one to you!”
Ankit is also currently taking part in a 48-hour Film Project and actively part of the Independent Music Industry of India as both an Artist and a Journalist.
He is also doing a #asongadayfor30days challenge where he’s making a track a day for 30 days. Check him out HERE.
We’re seeing a growing trend with Pyramind students choosing to move to Berlin to explore and grow in the vibrant music scene there.
Jamaica was one our the first to make the migration and has made quite a name for herself there. She’s been featured on Ableton’s “One Thing” series, has recently released tracks on the vinyl label Gradient records, and has played some of the biggest clubs in Berlin.
Named by Boiler Room as one of “Berlin’s best kept secrets,” Jamaica Suk has fused her jazz and metal roots from the Bay Area California into contemporary techno driving dance floor workouts across the globe. A lifelong music experimenter, musician, sound engineer & DJ – She embodies the deeper character of techno, postmodern forms of melodic storytelling and soul that rise from the industrial drive of her evolving sets.
Here’s a great interview from 2016 with her talking about her evolution as an artist and DJ and why she chose to grow her artistry in Berlin.
Ben Swardlick, aka Swardy, is the musical solo works of Maine raised / Los Angeles based Benjamin Swardlick.
His ten+ year career as an electronic music producer / DJ has been defined by deeply emotive and conceptual music. He’s a Pyramind class of 2009 graduate and founding member of The M Machine.
Today we’re happy to announce his birthday release: The Gold Line.
With millions of streams and hundreds of thousands of followers on Spotify, this is a Pyra grad you need to follow.
Click the button below to listen now on your streaming service of choice.
Soul Glitch is the brain child of Pyramind Alum Nick J. Hasty. Nick is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and controllerist. Based in Northern California, Soul Glitch creates Epic Soultronica (a dynamic fusion of indietronica, electro-pop and synth-pop genres), seamlessly integrating infectious beats with messages of personal and social empowerment.
In Hasty’s words, “Soul Glitch is about tuning in to our higher selves and finding meaningful purpose in the interdependency of humanity and all living things.”
Nick released his eighth single “Hold On” in November 2019 and is currently working on his debut LP, which is slated for release in Spring 2020. The anticipated record will feature new solo work, as well as bonus collaborations with two-time Grammy Nominated Producer, BRIDGES (Wildheart by Miguel, Automatic by Kaskade).
For those of you in SF The Bay Area you can check out Soul Glitch live at The Brick & Mortar this coming January 30th.