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 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 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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Monte Pittman: A Teacher Among Performers

It is not uncommon for the typical music student to continue with music in some capacity for the rest of their lives whether it be performing for their friends, gigging around for fun, or pursuing music as a profession. What is uncommon is someone like Monte Pittman who took his voracious appetite as a student of music and transitioned that into a successful career teaching and performing music with artists of the caliber of Madonna and Adam Lambert for instance. Not only has Pittman found the recipe to success as a recording and touring artist, but he also honed his chops as the guitar teacher for arguably one of the greatest performers of all time. That is the story you should be interested in and that is the story we have for you today.

Photo By Lisa Pittman

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Use Chromatik? We Will Donate An iPad To Your Music Program.

iPad Donation Program

iPad Donation Program

Music educators across the US are preparing for their seasonal concerts and listening to “Jingle Bell Rock” for the hundredth time. I have been there, I get it. 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…

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Giveaway: One-Hour Skype Lesson with Marcus Strickland

Marcus Strickland has been through it all in the music business. Between establishing himself as a premier saxophonist on projects with the likes of Roy Haynes, Dave Douglas, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Wynton Marsalis and countless others (two of which garnered him Grammy nominations), becoming a band leader in his own right with seven releases to date, as well as starting his own record label (Strick Muzik), Strickland has carved out a subsection of the scene that he likes to refer to as “unadulterated artistry.”

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Swells from Tony Monaco

Chromatik’s Eric Sandler meets up with Tony Monaco to talk about his lifelong pursuit of learning, teaching, the organ, and how all three are adapting to the 21st century.

Tony

“For me it’s not just about teaching someone to play, it’s about teaching them to continue to learn. I try to keep them very inspired about the future of the learning process. That’s the reason why I teach. I’m still a student myself,” Tony Monaco explains as we discuss the importance of maintaining an overall focus and excitement in both learning and teaching music. Monaco made a name for himself as a masterful organ maestro. Having been taught the king of the B-3, Jimmy Smith, Monaco has taken it upon himself to personally continue the legacy and advance the organ as an instrument. Between instructional DVDs, concert tours, and innovative private lessons, Monaco seems to be succeeding in his mission. Read on as he describes his multi-pronged approach to music education and technology as a tool in music.

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