Musicians Institute, the College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, has added two new instructors to its Independent Artist Program (IAP): electronic music producers Arthur Pochon and Josh Weatherspoon. Pochon will advise students in composition and arranging as well as in the use of Logic and Reason software, while Weatherspoon will teach the new curriculum he has created for Ableton Live software.
Over the course of two academic quarters, MI’s Independent Artist Program guides students through the complete creative process, from songwriting, arranging, recording and production to marketing and promotions. IAP students develop their skills as singers, DJs, producers, rappers or instrumentalists to produce original songs, develop a business plan to release their music, and build a fan base.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome Arthur Pochon, whom I consider to be one of the most creative and prolific producers in electronic music today,” says Charles Chemery, program chair of the Independent Artist Program. “Under his professional moniker Art Bleek, he has received accolades from numerous electronic music pioneers, such as Josh Wink, Laurent Garnier and Osunlade. Art’s distinct, elegant sound coupled with his mastery of modern DAWs such as Reason and Logic make him an ideal instructor for the Independent Artist program.
“Josh Weatherspoon [aka Josh Spoon] will also be a tremendous asset to the program,” Chemery continues. “As an Ableton Live expert, he has helped luminaries such as Giorgio Moroder make the jump to this very innovative platform. Josh’s expertise of Ableton Live is unmatched, and this is why we had him write the Ableton Live 1 and 2 courses for us. Our students will receive tremendous benefits by learning from both Josh and Art.”