- Dana Dramowicz, DJ, producer, and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, Poland
- Diana Combo, sound practitioner developing an experimental approach to sound production and performance, Portugal
- Diego Figari, mastering engineer, audio engineering student, record label owner, and music producer, Spain
- Franziska Grohmann, singer, performer and electronica musician, Germany
- Jean-Charles Zambo, talented remixer, producer and experienced music creator, France
- Lauritz Munch, pianist and genre-defying electronic music producer, Denmark
- Richard Eigner, engineer, composer, sound-artist, drummer and label manager, Austria
- Richard O’Connor, music graduate, touring with his band, WhenWeAreKings, supporting Plan B, UK
- Robin van der Jagt, music graduate and DJ with 10 years performing experience, Netherlands
- Sam Hanlan, sound student with an incredible eye for detail in anything audio, UK
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I think an experience like the AKG scholarship would teach me something I could never learn on my own. To be surrounded by these incredible mentors and inspiring peers and, of course, all that amazing gear - it would undoubtedly influence the way I make music.
Dana is Canadian-born, Warsaw-based DJ, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. First picking up the violin at age 3, Dana received a classical training through to university where she first developed her interest in electroacoustic music and production. While she graduated with the intent of becoming a sound artist, she instead turned to the world of acoustic music and post-rock, joining the Krakow-based band New Century Classics recording two EPs and one album with the group. She then moved on to a project bringing together both acoustic and electronic sounds - Shoju, where she currently records with her partner Mateusz Majewski. In 2009, Dana co-founded the Warsaw-based independent label Concrete Cut. Meanwhile, Dana has also been busy promoting female artists as head of Women in Electronic Music online. Dana's love affair with all things dubstep has led her to develop her skills as a DJ, spinning the freshest in bass music from across the globe.
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What I find more particular in my path is a mixture of academic and non-academic experience, love for theory as for practice and a very open enthusiasm for so many different styles, techniques, instruments and so on. Everyday I feel I have to learn and practice more, giving force to the idea “The more I know, the more I realize I don´t know”, because there is still so much more to discover!"
After studying Biology at university for a brief period, Diana made the break in to a life of sound 2 years in, to take her musical path further and begin the never-ending journey of learning that has seen her take part in countless installations, training weekends, seminars and talks with professionals and amateurs. Recently she began working with deformed vinyl records, to manipulate sound and achieving very interesting results. Taking an internship last year, to assist in teaching Sound Arts in Berlin, Diana is now more enthused about sound than ever before and looks to pass on all she can to others.
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I would love the chance the AKG Scholarship offers to expand my knowledge because that will also help me become a better person by being who I want to be... a complete and well rounded professional in the audio industry.
A passionate young mastering engineer, SAE student Diego Figari started his own record label when he was 19. He also produces his own music and has released his first track with Siteholder label in the USA in 2007.
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I dont think about why I want to make music. It's an urge that I want to give in and live out. It's a feeling, a force, a necessity. And of course I wouldn't believe in it if I am not at least a little self-conciouss about what I am able to do.
Franziska Grohmann's (aka Dehlia de France) first steps into music were by way of classical piano and singing lessons. After a number of collaborative projects with friends and musical peers, Franziska felt it was time to develop a sound by herself. Now a freelance artists/performer, Franziska is taking her art out of the studio but is looking to collaborate with other electronic musicians in a bid to further her own learning, whilst offering her own unique performance on other artist's tracks.
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I did some training, but your kind of scholarship is very important for me because this is the kind of share that I may not find in a classical training. I think this is the best idea to do that.
An avid creator of music and sound, and stepping straight in to the deep end over a decade ago remixing some of his favourite artists without previous production experience. Jean-Charles Zambo admits that this was a bit of a like running before he can walk, but it's this no fear attitude and brave creativity that has stood him in good stead since, and the modern results of his efforts are great to hear. He's worked with professional German and French dance companies, providing music for their shows and he takes inspiration from legendary films such as Tron in creating his works, even learning how to web design and building his own, bespoke site, that visually represents his sound.
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I am very inspired by artists like Trentemøller, Lulu Rouge, Alpha twins and such. Those people have really shaped the sound of electronic music - not saying that I want to copy their sound, but I want to put the same complexity and spirit (if u can say that) into the music as they've managed to do. I want the chance to deliver a professional (producer-wise) product with my bare hands (and my computer, ofc. :) ), and I believe that your course can help me achieve that goal (at least get me some of the way).
Moving from a more traditional, pianist background, to the computer led direction of sound creation, Lauritz Munch focuses all his current attention creating electronic music across the board. Not defined by genres, Lauritz takes a lot of inspiration from his origins and builds on that, evolving the theories and techniques he learned in the early years, to meld with the modern day styles and tricks that have seen his work escalate in development over the past year or two.
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I’m always eager to learn about sound and gain as much knowledge as I can! The AKG Scholarship of Sound is a great opportunity to exchange in-depth information and studio-tricks with experienced engineers, producers and participants. I’ve always had amazing experiences with AKG gear so far: I’ve used the AKG C414 microphone quite a lot for piano, drum overheads, percussion and even vocals. Recently I also acquired the AKG C411 L for recording Kalimba and other very quiet sounds. So a sound-scholarship by AKG definitely sounds interesting to me!
A collector of equipment, who works as much behind the desk as well as in front of it, as an engineer and session musician, Richard Eigner has got a keen eye for perfecting his own sound and by participating in the recordings of artists like Flying Lotus and Patrick Wolf, as well as performing pieces by the likes of Alvin Lucier are sure to have develop a keen sense of what's good and bad for the sounds he likes to create and assist with.
I see the AKG scholarship of sound as a great chance to expand my knowlege of the dance music world, both the production and the business. It will be amazing to gain a new perspective on what I am doing and what other people are doing.
Richard O'Conner is a versatile musician that has recently enjoyed an exciting period, touring with his own band, WhenWeAreKings, in support of Plan B on his UK tour last year. His musical origin begins with the bass guitar, working as a session musician and taking control of the sound at various events and conferences, all to help build up a repertoire of experience to pull from as he develops his skills in to the studio. Now, in his third year of a music degree, he's looking to take things that other step forward. Collaborations have been key to his own learning so far and I'm sure Richard will have much to offer the other students as well.
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At this moment of writing I am artistically not yet there where I want to be. I need to find out what the essence is of my music. This is also one of the reasons why I apply for the (*AKG*) Scholarship. I want to work with experienced people and discuss our music to learn from each other. I am interested how the experts and participants translate their message and personality to their sounds and music.
A graduate in music, Robin van der Jagt wants to share his art with others and impart happiness upon them. A talented artist, Robin isn't one to stick with one musical angle/style, but instead can write, produce, sing, and perform live, creating songs that are as accessible as they are unique.
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I cannot think of a better setting for a the scholarship than Berlin, having visited the city briefly last Summer. I'm very familiar with the amazing heritage and superb quality of AKG's microphones and headphones, and a chance to spend a week under the guidance of their engineers and product developers would be an honour. An experience like this is so important to pursue as I wish to take every opportunity to improve my knowledge and understanding of my chosen field, and hopefully to be able to make a positive contribution. I would relish the chance to meet with like-minded students, as well as gain valuable insights from prestigious engineers.
A true 'student' of sound and someone that fully realises the art of what can be achieved within the loose boundaries of sound/music. Sam Hanlan impressed us with his eye for detail, accounting some key moments in his journey to where he's at now, with an insight in to just how affected he's been as a result of certain events and teachings.