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John Selway has literally blazed every path, collaborated with every talent, played everywhere, mastered every style, broken every boundary, risen to techno stardom and never forgotten his roots. Since taking up electronic dance music from his home base in NYC in the early ’90s, John has faithfully represented his town at every turn. As an artist, a record slinger, a label owner and educator, he is a musical force to be reckoned with and a bonafide pillar of the scene.
With a career that started in the early days of house and techno at New York’s notorious Limelight, Abe Duque has been at the head of the acid-house and underground-techno table since his earliest releases way back in 1992. Between touring the world’s underground techno scenes, releasing on labels such as International Deejay Gigolo, Tension, Abuse Industries, and Rapture, and remixing tracks for household names such as Chemical Brothers and Pet Shop Boys, Abe later turned his attention to education, where he is now considered one of the most respected educators in his field.
Cândida Borges is one of New York City’s most sought-after vocal coaches and music educators. Classically trained, she holds multiple music degrees and is a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She is equally versed in her native Brazilian roots, as she is in contemporary music, jazz, and electronic styles. As an artist Cândida’s signature vocal sound can be heard on recordings such as “Girar O Mundo” (Pattern Drama), while her work as a producer and song-writer has been featured in film scores, theater productions, and art installations.
Max Wild has been teaching music for over 15 years. A former instructor at Dubspot, you are as likely to find him playing the saxophone next to a DJ as you are to find him leading the Ableton User Groups in New York. His degrees from renowned conservatories in London and NY didn’t stop him from following his real passion: Helping people channel their creativity to make music - aka teaching how to produce great music.
Brent Arnold is a composer, cellist, and producer whose wide-ranging music is found in film, theater, clubs, and concert halls. He is a founding member of Ghost Quartet with Dave Malloy and created the cello music for the acclaimed TV show Louie. He has worked with artists like The Antlers, Reggie Watts, Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, Filastine, Aditya Kalyanpur, Sleater-Kinney, and Modest Mouse. He studied with violinist Michael White (Pharoah Sanders, John Handy) and cellist Walter Grey (Kronos Quartet). Brent currently resides in New York City.
Atropolis' deep passion of diverse music has led to collaborations from all over the world. Artists from India, Colombia, Ghana, Mexico, and South Africa have sought to work with Atropolis because of his knowledge of world sounds. In NYC, he’s worked with the likes of Grandmaster Flash.
With a degree in music composition and ethnomusicology, Adam Partridge, aka Atropolis, blends international styles of music together with hip-hop, moombahton, dance-hall, and house. Like his 343 Labs colleagues, Adam was a longstanding member of the former Dubspot teaching staff, and is a highly regarded educator, producer, and multi-talented musician.
Our NYC Location: Gakko in Soho
We are excited to be hosting our in-person classes at Gakko, our partner-school in NYC. Gakko—meaning “school” in Japanese—is an innovative educational institution in the heart of Manhattan. Founded by Japanese entrepreneur and education-leader Kenta Koga, it’s approach to education is to create an immersive learning experience that fosters creativity and collaboration, and encourages students to learn though experimentation. Gakko’s commitment to experiential learning, and the synchronization of creativity and collaboration, make it the perfect ally for us in achieving a high education standard.