Honeychild Coleman started her musical career during the hot summer of 1993, busking in the New York City subway system. From 1998 onward she is a founding member and organizer of the Sistagrrrl Riots, performing experimental electronic music, and more recently fronting the blues-punk outfit The 1865, post-punk trio Bachslider and electro-punk duo GKA.
Val-Inc (Val Jeanty) is a Haitian-born composer, percussionist and turntablist, who uses technology to lead listeners into her dream- like expressionism of Afro-Creole and “Afro- Electronica®” compositions.
HPrizm is known for “Evoking images of Sun Ra and Afrika Bambatta at once (Jesse Sewer XL8R magazine). As the founding member of the critically acclaimed Antipop Consortium, Prizm has consistently challenged the boundaries of traditional hip-hop, winning the praise of taste makers across the globe.
Douglas Murray is a supervising sound editor, sound designer and sound mixer for feature films and sometimes television, principally at Skywalker Sound. He has won an Emmy for Hemingway and Gellhorn and a Golden Reel for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Juma Sultan is a legendary musician, producer, educator and activist whom has collaborated with such luminary artists as Jimi Hendrix, Sonny Simmons, Archie Shepp, Pharaoh Sanders, James “Blood” Ullmer, Dave Burell, Sam Rivers and many more.
Ray Archie is the CEO and co-Founder of MixLuv, Inc. & Music is My First Language and is infinitely the musicians advocate. It comes from the heart as Ray is also a musician who plays cello, bass, & piano and has performed internationally with Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson-Thomas, LSO, SF Symphony orchestra, & many others.
Danny grew up in Ohio surrounded by musicians playing, singing, and stomping feet. Acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, dobro, mandolin, bass, and plenty of vocal harmony. At age 8 he heard the Beatles, put down his fiddle, picked up a guitar, and never looked back.
Ed’s forensic philosophy is that authentication and clarification of audio/video media combines art as well as science. The methods that he uses require attention to detail and scientific principles, complemented by an appreciation for clarity and aesthetics.
Paul Geluso’s work focuses on the theoretical, practical and artistic aspects of sound recording and reproduction. He is a sound recordist, mixer, and engineer who collaborates with musicians and media artists using sound as a creative medium.
Relocating to Berlin for a few years, Machinedrum maintained a steady flow of releases including the Alarmaa and SXLND EPs with LuckyMe and the critically-acclaimed Room(s) LP on Planet Mu Records, a fresh new exploration of juke, jungle, and drum&bass that garnered high praise across the music world.
Mary Anne Hobbs is an English DJ and music journalist from Garstang, Lancashire, United Kingdom. She currently hosts the BBC 6 Music Weekend Breakfast shows, Saturday and Sunday 7-10am, and her 6 Music Recommends show, Wednesday night into Thursday morning 12midnight – 1am.
The seminars were relaxed and hyper-informative, and the layout of instruction was done in a way that resonated with me and allowed me to retain far more information than I do in a typical “academic” setting.
Evan Gonzalez, Alumni
Studying with Todd and Raz through the UPA courses has been a priceless and essential part of my development as a producer, performer, sound designer, mix engineer and as a musician altogether.
Their dedication and passion for excellence as mentors along with their seemingly boundless knowledge can allow committed, hardworking students an opportunity to progress lightyears farther and faster than they would be able to otherwise.
Rob Hudson, Alumni
Learning from Scotty in ‘Mixing the Hard Way’ has completely changed my approach to not just mixing, but music in general. I left this class with tools to breathe life back into my music and transform my productions from 2D tracks to living, breathing songs. These teachers are top level pros; sharing actually helpful skills to their students & are genuinely invested in nurturing the next generation. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have found this school.
Lauren Sky, Alumni
All instructors are professionals who have been working in the field for decades, and not only that, they genuinely care and put their hearts into how and what they teach their students. That’s very special.
Tessa Lena, Alumni
The Ghost Program is an enlightening addition to traditional music production education. Outside of the technicalities of production, you’ll experience the fundamental historical roots of music to innovative forward-thinking purposeful experimentation.
Sabine Blaizin, Alumni
UPA is some revolutionary folks doing really awesome work. They are arming artists with the information and tools to do it the right way, which is our way. They are an antidote to the depressing industry bullshit that relies more and more on dis-empowering artists and putting the control in the hands of others. There are no other music schools quite like this. These mentors are pillars of their communities and are starting something big that will benefit all of us artists trying to stay true and real and do it ourselves. I feel a shake.
DoNormaal, Andreas Robbins Scholarship Winner (2016)
The classes focus on exactly a discipline you want to improve on from synthesis, sampling to sequencing. The best part is the flexible online environment and 1:1 relationship I’ve built with Todd. I can ask anything and explore everything. The classes are recorded so if I need to review a concept, the video is easy access.