An award winning producer and composer, Mitch is an Ableton Certified Trainer and course developer at Beat Drop. He has produced music for companies like Warner Brothers, ESPN, Oakley, Nissan, Lamborghini, Activision, Nintendo, Adidas and many more. Along with working on his side project "Mr Elastic", Mitch loves that Beat Drop gets to pull the curtains back on the secrets of modern day production and is allowed to mentor the next gen of laptop producers.
Rick Cruz aka DJ C-Sik is the 2014 Canadian Redbull Thre3style Champ, 2 time Redbull Thre3style Regional winner, a 3-time Calgary DMC champ and is one of Alberta's most sought after hip-hop, R&B and party rockin' DJs. With over 15 years of experience behind the decks, he's your guy if you are looking to get into hip-hop, turntablism or funk. He can also help you learn some advanced mixing techniques or a couple of new scratches to give your set that extra flavour.
Sandro Petrillo aka Mr Geography aka Sergio Levels is a staple in the Calgary Bass Music scene and resident at the HiFi club. Host of Modern Math, Northern Lights, Shapes to name a few. Sandro is a major influence in Calgary's techno scene and has a number of releases on Canadian labels such as SubStation Recordings, Modern Math and more. He has a passion for teaching next level Ableton ninja tricks.
Dan Murray aka GSD has been involved in Calgary's DJing & electronic music community since 1997. Starting out as a teenaged battle DJ, he was known as a purveyor of Disco & Boogie in the city, which led to him serving as the label manager for Homebreakin Records/Punchout Recordings from 2008 until 2013. He has been a staple at Calgary clubs, holding down residencies at The Hifi Club, Commonwealth & Bamboo among others.
Along with formal classical piano training through the Royal Conservatory of Music, Chris has spent over 30 years studying and experimenting with several genres and styles of music. This has afforded him the opportunity to perform for a wide variety of audiences and record/produce a diverse collection of music spanning multiple genres. Chrisʼ teaching approach is to help you understand music in a natural and intuitive way, using theory as a toolset rather than a crutch.
Releases on over twenty labels such as Toolroom, Baroque, Audio Therapy, Perfecto, Black Hole, Armada, Warner Music, Vicious, Virgin and EMI, Tim has firmly established himself as a global EDM producer and engineer. Not one to keep all his secrets under his cap, Timothy is Beat Drop's Mixing and Mastering instructor and enjoys sharing his expertise. These production methods are put in to practice every day at The Mixplant, a mixing/mastering facility focused on electronic music where Tim is the head engineer.
Donald Dinsmore aka Jnana is a bass music producer and DJ born and raised in Calgary. Donald started his music career playing bass guitar with several local bands but made his name producing bass music. With releases on several labels Donald’s productions are known for their soaring melodies, hard-hitting percussion and deep soulful bass lines wrapped in a Hip Hop package. Donald is also one of the founders of local the music and arts collective Philosonic.
Brandon Smith is a Calgary based musician, synth programmer and avid student of keyboard history. His love of vintage equipment and history eventually led him to work for the National Music Centre in Calgary, where he demonstrates many of their instruments and artifacts (including a world class collection of synthesizers) for the public.
Big Drew is well known as a Calgary Radio host and host for Calgary's major entertainment events. Drew's passion for developing special initiatives with Beat Drop into the corporate sectors enables Drew to take Beat Drop where it has never been before.
Amie takes the operations end of Beat Drop and makes it look easy. Her giftedness as an administrator and overall operation director enables Beat Drop to function at a high level. Amie helps give vision to the school and then with grace and efficiency takes the steps needed to make it happen.
Scott brings a wealth of knowledge from the Education and Professional Development worlds. His background in music helps grow our staff and instructors to understand what it means to communicate so students can truly understand the technical as well as the philosophical sides of creating and performing music.
Mark Cruz aka DJ Fatrok is a founding member of the Suns Of Boey Crew. Spinning in clubs since the early 2000's Fatrok has opened for acts such as Jazzy Jeff, Afrika Bambaataa, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, DJ Nu-Mark just to name a few. Mark has competed in the Canadian DMC's and has facilitated DJ workshops for youth at risk for the past 2 years. Fatrok is also an amazing producer currently producing and performing with YYC's Jocelyn Alice.
Paul Brooks is involved in various facets of the music industry including performing, teaching, broadcasting and communications consulting. Aside from his work with Bass Coast Music Festival, Paul programs two radio shows on CJSW 90.9 FM: Instant Gratification: Revoked! and What Will the Neighbours Think?
Alana McFadyen aka DJ Reece is a resident DJ at the HiFi Club & a former Edmonton DMC champion. She has over 15 years experience playing clubs in both Edmonton and Calgary. She was the first female DJ to win a DMC regional, and has also placed in the Calgary Redbull Thre3style compitition. Having started out as a battle DJ who has moved into the world of electronica, DJ Reece is widely considered one of the most versatile DJs in Alberta.
Brynn Collingridge aka DJ Heebz is a new staple in Calgary’s DJ scene. While currently dj’ing at Commonwealth, Hifi and in Banff, he was also a national finalist in the 2014 Red Bull Thre3style competition. Having 7 year’s of experience at a variety of Calgary hot spots, he is no doubt one of Canada’s most versatile DJ’s. Together, with Ivan Rankic, they make up Hej Zeus and they are producing remixes and edits being played by DJ’s all over.
With over 20 years in the dance community as a DJ, VJ and a director with PK sound, Paul has nothing to prove to “festivalers”…but if you ask him, it’s all about bringing something new to the show, every single time. From creative, custom video mapping to tightly programmed visual FX and beyond, Paul can bring a new level to your visual experience. Eyeball Wizardry at its finest, expect a serious dose of high-end video mapping and layered FX, on point with the beats. Come and get with the PRGM.
Enoque is a musician, composer, producer, and dj. He has 30 years of experience with bands and groups in a variety of genre's; from heavy metal to country and most of every thing else in between. His electronic aliases are, Enno Karr, Bread N Butta and a new moniker, One Less Of Them, debuting an EP in 2016 through Substation Recordings. He has released works through Dansant Records in Sweden, and continues to release with Substation Recordings, as well as other albums you might find hidden on the interweb. You can catch him at Habitat Living Sound dancing or DJing. He is involved with Studio Social, a monthly initiative to promote and share information with
Calgary producers and has hosted several of their nights at Habitat Living Sound. Enoque's experience and passion for making music will be evident in the way he talks about
Jeremy “Sinistarr” Howard is a DJ and producer born and raised from Detroit, Michigan, now residing in Calgary. His career making and playing various genres of electronic music has seen him headline clubs and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe for nearly a decade, and his music has been heard on BBC Radio 1, BBC 1XTRA, and as a guest on Serato’s Seratocast mix series. He also holds a DJ residency in Denver, Colorado with the Recon DnB crew, playing alongside many of his fellow international artists in the electronic music scene.
Jeremy loves to teach the craft of DJing, no matter the genre – it becomes a learning experience for everyone involved.
Isaac Cotec started producing electronic based music in 2005, while working on a project called Psyche Sonics. Psyche Sonics was an experimental group working with the science and research of binaural beats, and altering consciousness through sounds. The project manifested as a musical art installation that traveled the West Coast of the United States in a large yurt. After touring Isaac Cotec continued writing music under the alias Cotec and later emerged as the artist Subaqueous. As Subaqueous, he blends his electronic past with future and past organic production techniques and, to date, has released 5 albums and 6 EP's. Through Subaqueousmusic.com he began sharing his knowledge and give away instruments he built for his own music. His website now hosts complex MIDI packs, free Ableton Live resources, articles on production techniques, and more. Isaac Cotec is the founder and manager of the record label Invibe Music. Invibe represents some of the Pacific Northwest’s best electronic music and specializes in midtempo dance music.