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 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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Featured Teacher: Scott Melvin (Mater Dei High School)

As part of a new recurring series, Chromatik will feature teachers of excellence, who in addition to using our platform, go above and beyond the call to bring music education into the lives of students. We are very happy for our first Featured Teacher to be Scott Melvin of Mater Dei High School.

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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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A GROUPLOVE Experience

Grouplove on Chromatik

Grouplove on Chromatik

Play with GROUPLOVE on Chromatik now! Every user who signs up on Chromatik will receive an exclusive playlist of GROUPLOVE sheet music and tablature to practice and perform hit singles like “Tongue Tied” and “Itchin’ On A Photograph.” Share your recordings back with the band via Chromatik for a chance to interact with GROUPLOVE directly and get personal feedback and coaching.

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Gotye: Songwriter, Artist, Sonic Visionary

Gotye: Songwriter, Artist, Sonic Visionary

Gotye: Songwriter, Artist, Sonic Visionary

From legions of Youtube covers to international success, Gotye has evoked a reaction from his fans that is unmatched as of late. Not intending his music for pop radio, the man often compared with the likes of Sting and Peter Gabriel has received just that. Going Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and making the rounds from SNL to Letterman has brought Gotye into an unfamiliar space. Here at Chromatik, we got a chance to sit down with Wally De Backer, the man behind the Gotye façade, to discuss his development as a musician and where he sees his music going in the future.

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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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Interview with Stone Throw Records Founder: PB Wolf

Launched in 1996, Stones Throw Records has become synonymous with the independent hip-hop community that lives underground, yet infiltrates popular music through sheer, undeniable artistry. With artists like Madlib, J Dilla, MF Doom, Dam-Funk, and Aloe Blacc among numerous others the label has grown in size and influence.

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