Not Your Average Musician: Chromatik Interview with Mikey Wells of the Silver Lake Chorus

Mikey Wells

Mikey Wells

Mikey Wells is not your average musician, nor are the many projects he has pioneered. In fact, there’s not much he hasn’t done. He’s led the Silver Lake Chorus through compositions tailor-made for them by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and AC Newman of the New Pornographers. He’s written and composed for the comedic troupe, the Lost Moon Radio. He even helps kids foster their creative sides in after-school programs. Regardless of his involvement, Wells has developed a penchant for bringing out the best in any musical setting.

Read on below for our entertaining discussion on his musical education, the Silver Lake Chorus, and the Lost Moon Radio.

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Chromatik Valentine’s Day Contest with Christina Perri

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For a limited time (February 14 – 21, 2013), get Christina Perri’s arrangement of her hit song “Arms,” and record your version to send back to Christina herself! After choosing her favorite version, Christina Perri will attend a Google hangout with the winner and donate an iPad 2 to their music teacher or music program of choice.

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Chromatik iPad Donation program continues

iPad Donation Program

iPad Donation Program

Back in December, we at Chromatik announced our iPad Donation Program. Well, the holidays have come and gone, but we’re still feeling generous. You have students to get back to, so I will be brief.

If you onboard Chromatik with your school (100 or more students), we will donate an iPad to your music program. No strings attached. Keep reading for more…

We launched Chromatik in November with some pretty fantastic success. While we are honored to have folks like Bruno Mars involved, we are truly excited that Chromatik is now freely available to all musicians.

Chromatik has many uses for musicians. But for music educators, we have seen that it is particularly valuable in bringing your music classroom to the next level.

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Chromatik Featured Teacher: Todd Simon of PUC Community Charter Early College High School

Featured Teacher, Todd Simon

All of us at Chromatik wish we had this guy as a music instructor.

The old (and false) adage, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach” has never been so wrong as in the case of artist, arranger, bandleader, and educator Todd Simon. A first-call musician and arranger for artists like Madlib, Odd Future, Ghostface Killah, Adrian Younge, Flying Lotus, and Mayer Hawthorne to name only a fraction, Simon has crafted a parallel career performing on one end and teaching in underserved communities (as well as in the Red Bull Music Academy) on the other.

Mr. Simon recently won our iPad giveaway and has implemented Chromatik in his classroom. Take a look at his experience teaching, using Chromatik in the classroom, and performing with our generation’s top innovators.

Tell me about how you go started in music.

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Chromatik Morning Warmup 1/31/13

It’s Thursday, the perfect day to read about music!

  • The 3 Most Profitable DIY Revenue Streams, and Why Many Artists Succeed At Only One Of Them (Hypebot)
  • The 101 Strangest Records on Spotify (The Guardian)
  • Rising Postal Rates Squeeze Small Record Labels (NPR Music)
  • The New Electronic Brooklyn Underground (Pitchfork)
  • What’s the Best Opening Track on an Album? (The Guardian)

Chromatik Office Jams (Date)

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The Chromatik Office Playlist 

This week’s playlist is a post-NAMM show offering, we were inspired and amped by what we saw and heard down at the Anaheim Convention Center. So much so, that these tracks are driving us to make Chromatik better every day! What are you listening to?

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Chromatik Morning Warmup

Wishing you a musical morning:

  • 5 Most Musical Presidents: From Barack Obama to Thomas Jefferson (Billboard)
  • Birds Make Music with Bum Notes (BBC News)
  • Who Needs Drugs When You’ve Got Music? (NPR Music)
  • 5 iPad Apps For Producing Quality Music (Hypebot)
  • How Good Does Karaoke Have to Be to Qualify as Art? (NYT)

Chromatik CEO Matt Sandler’s Senior Recital

Matt’s Senior Recital

With all of the buzz surrounding Chromatik Founder & CEO Matt Sandler (30 Startup People To Watch This Year), we’re sure you’ve been wondering how Matt sounds on his horn. Really anyone can call themselves a musician, but it takes years of dedication to gain the chops to back it up. We’re here to show you that Matt Sandler has indeed put in the time.

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The Chromatik Office Jams 1/18/13

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Chromatik Morning Warmup

Hey, you!  Wake up and read about music:

  • Music Tastes Link to Personality (BBC News)
  • As Bell Ringers Chime In, A Laptop Musician Branches Out (NPR Music)
  • Skyping Spain in Elementary Music/Spanish Class (MusTech)
  • 5 Top Emerging Music Tech Trends for 2013 (Hypebot)
  • The Real-Life Stories Behind 10 Famous Love Songs (Flavorwire)
  • Why There Are Only 100 Copies of the New Bob Dylan Record (NPR Music)