Danielle Thwaites (Daiza)
Danielle Thwaites (Daiza) is an LA based producer, songwriter and artist. She has a BA in Electronic Production and Contemporary Writing from Berklee College of Music in Boston. She has been working with Beats by Girlz since 2016 and is now the administrative assistant of the non-profit and one of two Los Angeles chapter teachers. Danielle also performs, writes and produces under the name Daiza, creating alternative electronica sounds and has been performing as Daiza for over a year. One of the most exciting parts about her job is encouraging others to create, compose and produce.
Erin Barra has been a key player in the creative process of many projects from conception to final master to stage performance. With a wide ranging skill set (educator, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, music technology consultant) she enables people to create content they’re personally invested in and execute their ideas.
Specializing in music technology integration, she works with artists/bands looking to integrate laptops and digital technologies into their writing, production and stage setups (see client reviews), and has developed, taught and executed several music technology curriculums at the open source (Coursera, and ROLI), K-12 (Beats By Girlz), and collegiate levels (Berklee College of Music, Berklee Online).
An authoritative voice in music technology education, she is an Associate Professor in the Songwriting Department at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and is one of the leading product specialist for Berlin based music software company, Ableton. A natural collaborator, she has had the opportunity to work with an array of artists, from Grammy winning artists engineers and producers (John Oates, George Massenburg, Kathy Mattea, Elliot Scheiner) to those at the front lines of the independent movement (Res, Miles Robertson, Ari Raskin, etc.). She holds a degree in Songwriting from The Berklee College of Music, and has 20+ years of keyboard/piano experience
Paula Fairfield is an International and Emmy award winning supervising sound editor and sound designer for tv, film, commercials, and basically anything that makes noise. She has eight Emmy nominations with one win for her work on Game of Thrones, along with multiple wins and nominations for her work in both The US and Canada.
Her passion is high concept sound design and her main interest is working with visionary filmmakers, which is clearly reflected in her resume and her background as an artist. But the earliest glimmers of her sonic journey started in her teens when she developed her interest in percussion and drumming. As a percussionist, she was a founding member of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. As a drummer, she explored as many styles of drumming available to her including pop, rock, jazz, big band, Scottish and marching, and she was in an all female top 40s cover band for a number of years. She sold her drums to go to art school, where she received a BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, N.S., a decision she partially regrets to this day.
Paula will be debuting her new immersive audio work “Ocean of Tears” in 2018/9. Current projects include “Game of Thrones”, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and the upcoming Robert Rodriguez/James Cameron “Angel Battle Alita”, due later this year.
Shaunna Heckman is an electronic artist and producer based out of Duluth, MN. Shaunna’s music has been known to create a soft, yet solid background for her sultry and sensual voice. Her sound has evolved from something she has resonated with and wanted to create since she was a teenager when exposed to artists such as Paul Oakenfold, Tricky, The Cocteau Twins and Enya. Combining keyboard, synths and vocal effects, ethereal and dub soundscapes are created. She is often compared to artists such as Zero 7 and Lou Rhodes of Lamb. Performances typically involve set installations to assist in creating an environment t that leaves the listener awestruck, and yet in a dreamy state. Shaunna is also the Beats By Girlz instructor and coordinator for Duluth, MN. While continuing to work on her own music production she has also been given vocal feature opportunities with artists such as Yppah and continues to market herself as a vocalist for other electronic producers. She is inspired to continue learning the depths of music production and grow the Beats by Girlz Duluth community.
Christine Hoberg formerly of Brooklyn is now in Minneapolis teaching music production to girls and trans/nongender binary youth (with Beats by Girlz), working on her next release and occasionally playing shows in New York and Los Angeles. She’s got a full and tricky voice and has self-produced and released five albums. She has been featured on BBC Radio 1, Spin magazine and her feature with Flight Facilities, ‘Clair de Lune’ went Platinum and charted in Australia.
Tanya has a history of demonstrated excellence across a wide array of music industry pursuits. Equipped with a Bachelor of Science in Music with a Business Emphasis from Winona State University coupled with a Recording Engineering diploma from Music Tech in Minneapolis she set off on a career path which would weave through a diverse set of experiences, yet which were all connected by the common thread of music. She is a teacher, producer, engineer and DJ and continues to support the scene by releasing and performing techno.
Tanya spoke at Women Composers, Performers and Business Founders in Music seminar hosted at the 2011 Decibel Festival in Seattle. She initiated and directed a program called Breaking the Glass Ceiling in 2015 highlighting the achievements of local women who are active examples of the various avenues open to students entering the music industry. In August 2015 she co-taught an all-female electronic music production class for SheRockSheRock and then shortly after joined Beats By Girlz, a non-profit organization, as an instructor.
In 2016 she co-founded OMEN Recordings, an industrial techno label that seeks to support the productions of innovative artists in electronic music while also organizing club events and tours designed to bring these artists greater exposure. As a means of keeping her skill set competitive while also realizing her goal of sharing her knowledge with others, Tanya is now also diving deep into the world of Ableton Live education and seeking opportunities to teach and lecture on the software which has become an integral part of her creative life.
Christin Light is a producer, synthesist, multi-instrumentalist and music educator. She believes strongly in the power of creative self-expression. Her mission is to help make the tools and processes of learning music production joyous and accessible especially for marginalized youth.
Christin is the director of electronic music for She Rock She Rock, and organizes and teaches for the Beats by Girlz program in the Twin Cities. She is currently partnering with the Minneapolis Public Library system to offer free Ableton and synthesis labs for youth. Last summer, Christin also assisted in teaching Ableton production classes at Camp Spin Off in Ojai, CA.
In addition, she’s an advocate for organizing inclusive community music events and is currently is a co-organizer for Ambient Jam. Christin has also been involved in events for Ableton/McNally Smith, Slam Academy, Art-a-Whirl, the Lake Street Council, female:pressure, the Bakken Museum and Saint Paul Public Libraries.
Historically, she has fronted electronic rock and art rock bands playing at regional venues like the Kitty Cat Klub and High Noon Saloon. More recently, she has focused on producing and self-releasing her first solo synthpop EP into harmony into chaos which will be released in early 2018.
Jen Mitlas is a sound designer,, multi-instrumentalist, and mixed media artist based out of the greater Philadelphia area. She earned a BA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and is currently completing her Master’s of Music Degree in Music Production through Berklee Online. Jen was a 2015 Sundance Institute/ Knight Fellow for her work in sound design and music composition for film. She also serves as an instructor at Montgomery County Community College, where she shares her love of music by teaching in the College’s Sound Recording and Music Technology Program. Most recently, she has co-founded the first Pennsylvania chapter of Beats By Girlz. Jen is currently finishing up a concept album exploring different percussive instruments, techniques, and concepts represented around the world.