MI Drum Program alum Ray Luzier has kept busy since graduating from Musicians Institute in the late '80s. After playing all kinds of gigs--from cover bands in tiny clubs to world tours with Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth--Ray finally scored a dream job in 2008: playing with Korn. The band members were blown away by Ray's drum performance at an audition, and he was immediately hired by the nu-metal icons to tour with them in Europe. Just a few years later, he became an official member of the band, writing and recording new material with them.
In today's music industry, you need more than just talent to be successful. You need to know the business side of things, too—from public relations and management to music copyright and a whole lot more. To really get a handle on those subjects, you'll want to choose a music college with programs that cover music business in depth.
What is it that makes Musicians Institute such a unique music college? Besides being located in the heart of Hollywood, CA--and having some of the best working professionals in the industry as expert instructors--MI recently unveiled a newly designed Performance curriculum that is unlike any other music college.
Although a trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana may not always be practical, the annual Sweetwater GearFest offers the kind of exclusive music gear deals, workshops, classes and performances that just may make it worth it. Following up on our gear round-ups from NAMM in January, here are some of the highlights from the June 12-13 event. There’s something for just about every type of musician.
We've probably all seen plenty of big-time performers—from Britney Spears and Madonna to Ariana Grande and Beyonce—use some combination of lip-synching, pre-recorded backing tracks, or AutoTune in a live concert setting. That's a calculated decision to make their shows a spectacle, rather than a straightforward concert. Sometimes that’s a good idea; other times, not so much. Here are a few things you may want to consider before you decide to use these techniques in your own performances.
Next Level Noise had a recent conversation with MI alum Kyle Novy, who has forged an interesting career path since graduating from the Bachelor of Music Degree program. In addition to his teaching work at Interlochen Arts Academy, a prestigious school in Michigan, Kyle also founded My Song Alive, an online music production company. Read on for the full Q&A covering Kyle's experience at MI and how it helped him get where he is today.