EMC - Electronic Music Collective NYC

28 BROADWAY,New York, NY 10004




Education and Curriculum Director

Chris Annibell, has been a fixture on the Global Soul scenes in NYC for well over a decade. An early contributor to Turntables on the Hudson, Annibell is the founder and resident DJ of Afrokinetic and Carmina Soul, and has shared the stage with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Mark De Clive-Lowe, Daz-I-Cue (bugz in the attic), Dego, King Britt, Osunlade, Christian Prommer, Thievery Corporation, Nickodemus, Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Mark Farina, Soul Live, Terry Hunter, Tony Touch and Tortured Soul; among many others.

As one half of the production duo “Nickodemus & Osiris,” Annibell has released a body of work including single releases on the Giant Step imprint, contributed tracks to commercially released mix compilations and keeps busy remixing and re-editing tracks for a wide variety of artists. http://www.mixcloud.com/chrisannibell

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Richie Beretta

Mixing Instructor

It’s hard to imagine Richie Beretta being from anywhere other than Queens, NY. Considered the most diverse city in the world, Beretta grew up in a place where cultures and music were mashed together and celebrated. In this way, he saw first-hand how music connects people in ways that few other things can. Richie Beretta’s credit list as a mixer and producer is as eclectic as the city that shaped him. Having been all over the world making music and collaborating with artists from Beyonce to Japanese rock/metal group Jam Project, there aren’t too many genres he is a stranger to.

Richie is just as passionate about sharing his love of how music is made as he is about making it. In 2013, he began formally teaching, cultivating the talent of future engineers and hit makers at the world’s leading electronic audio institute, Dubspot. Since then he created and coordinates possibly one of the first and only live mixing tutorials on Twitch.tv. Most recently, he has joined the faculty at NYC’s newest music school, Electronic Music Collective.

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A pioneer in the world of scratch music, Excess refuses to adhere to musical boundaries and is constantly searching for new and innovative ways to blur the lines between genres. Excess has traveled all across the globe with shows in North America, Japan, Asia and Europe. His efforts in melding standard music production with his turntable skills have solidified his place as one of the great DJ’s around. DJ Excess has performed and worked with artists and DJ’s such as: KRS-One, John Legend, Wu-Tang Clan, Jeru the Damaja, The Pharcyde, The Jungle Brothers, Vernon Reid (Living Color), Malcolm Mclaren (Sex Pistols), Public Enemy, DJ Grandwizard Theodore (Inventor of The Scratch), DJ AM, DJ Jazzy Jeff (Touch Of Jazz), DJ Honda, DJ Q-Bert & D-Styles (Invisibl Skratch Piklz), The X-Ecutioners, The Beat Junkies, Dilated Peoples, DJ A-Trak (Fools Gold), DJ Craze and celebrity personalities such as: Carmen Electra, Claire Danes, and Sinbad.

Never content to simply be a run-of-the-mill Excess always works to take his skills to the next level. Looking for a way to realize his full potential as a DJ, he began his competition career in 1998 entering the International Turntablist Federation (I.T.F.) Western Hemisphere Scratching Championships. Though it was his first competition, he made a mark showing that he would soon be a force within the competition circuit. Once again in 1999 he would compete in the I.T.F. East Coast Advancement Class Championships which he would win, yet it wasn’t till 2000 that his break through would occur winning both U.S. Advancement Class and Western Hemisphere Scratching Championships.

Excess’ impressive list of studio production credits include releasing Records and Mix CD’s, scratches done for Pepsi International, Sesame Street, Schieffelin and Sommerset, “Rappers Are In Danger” off of Fat Joe’s “The Darkside Vol. 1” album as well as music featured in the 2004 Showtime series “Street Time” and Styluswars Radio Station and DJ Excess character on the 2005 Playboy video game release “The Mansion”

Excess’ artistry behind the turntables has earned him numerous accolades throughout his career including features in URB Magazine’s “Next 100” issue, which featured the top 100 up and coming electronic musicians and entertainers of the year, as well as being featured in numerous publications including Newsweek, Scratch, The Source, XXL, and Fader to name a few.



Dan Freeman (CØm1x)​ is an artist/producer/bassist and music technologist based in Brooklyn, New York and of the world’s leading experts on the integration of live instruments with laptops
using Ableton Live.

Dan was born in Boston and comes from a family of musicians from his mother’s nativecountry of Nicaragua. After graduating Harvard College, he came to New York City to be a session bass player and studied with John Patitucci and Matthew Garrison at the BassCollective. As a session bass player he has performed with a variety of major label artists, DJs and Broadway pit orchestras throughout North America, South America, and Europe in venues ranging from underground Brooklyn loft parties to Carnegie Hall. He also played keyboards for the RCA Records’ rock group Stellastarr*.

From his earliest days in New York City, Dan became involved in New York City’s underground live electronic music scene where he became fascinated with mixing live and digital instruments. In 2005, he did his first show using Ableton Live with Virgin Records’ artist Xavier at Berghain (Berlin) and became so fascinated with the possibilities of the software that he formed Comandante Zero – an electro-funk digital art and music collective that performed
with groups like the Brazilian Girls and the Juan Maclean at venues/festivals in NYC, LA, Latin America and Europe. In 2011, he became an Ableton Certified Trainer and joined the faculty at New York City’s Dubspot.

Currently Dan is on the faculty at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music where he designed the Producing Music with Software and MIDI and Live Performance with Laptops curriculum. He has been hired by Ableton to train numerous major label artists on Ableton Live and Push and has launched Ableton’s Push 1 and 2 instruments in the United States with presentations in New York City. He has given workshops on electronic music production and performed at festivals, universities and schools worldwide including at: SXSW (Austin, US), Harvard University (US), Berklee College of Music (US), DNA (Bogota), The Strøm Festival (Denmark), IATEC (Brazil), AIMEC (Brazil) The Universidad de Caldas (Colombia), The International Museum and Library of Music (Bologna, Italy), Argenlive (Buenos Aires), Tecnologico Monterrey (Mexico City), The Universidad de Santiago (Chile) and at Sonar

In 2015, he founded the Brooklyn Digital Conservatory, a platform that brings top digital music producers/performers and educators a to emerging markets in Latin America and Asia for courses and performances. The Brooklyn Digital Conservatory has done numerous workshops and courses in Latin America including in Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Mexico. In 2017, he partnered with DJLAB, San Jose, Costa Rica to create Central America’s first Certificate Program in Electronic Music Production. Dan works out his production studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn (Studio J – The Playroom) where he produces and creates live performance set-ups for artists.

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Shareef (Azteknique aka TekMaschine) Islam

Born in the Bronx NY and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Shareef (Azteknique aka TekMaschine) Islam, started out as a dancer/choreographer. In the late 80’s early 90’s when hip hop and dance music was at its best. He went on to perform and work with artist such as Paula Abdul, Jody Wately, Heavy D, Sybil, Color Me Badd, Kid N Play just to name a few. After an injury he suffered on a video set, Shareef began working on his skills as a producer/engineer. As his skills grew he started out with local talent which would prepare him for the more professional artists he would encounter later on in his career. He has worked with established artists like AZ, Big Daddy Kane, SuperStar of the ICONZ, the Bush Babees, Busta Rhymes, Rampage, Q-Tip and De La Soul. As well as boxing champion Zab “Super Judah, Lin Que (ISIS of X- Clan), Mos Def, Onyx and Jay – Z. Shareef has remixed songs for D’Angelo, TLC, Brandy, Lil Sammy, Missy Elliot, Onyx and Raphael Saadiq. He was also one of the assistant engineers on the Flip Mode Squad’s album and Busta Rhymes album. In addition, Shareef has composed and placed music for numerous reality TV shows Clean House, Kimora Lee Simmons, VH1 Best Week, documentaries, Mickey Rourke Story A&E, The VH1 Bobby Brown Story, and Sony/Fox’s Brothers which he was the composer for the show starring Super Bowl Champion and co-star of ABC’s” Live with Kelly & Michael” Michael Strahan, C.C.H. Pounder, Carl (Apollo Creed) Weathers and Darryl “Chill” Mitchell.

Along with drum programming and audio engineering (Mixing, Recording, Editing) he plays the keyboards and bass guitar. Shareef is also an Instructor and Music educator at Dubspot Electronic Music Production and DJ School in NYC. He is the host and co-creator of hit internet web series “Reclaiming The Mix with Maschine and The Beat Bang Theory “

Now with his own production company Azteknique Productions LLC. And label HipSoul Entertainment Inc. Shareef plans on bringing a new sound and vybe to the entertainment game. HipSoul is the sound! The sound is being introduced to the world by artist signed to the label and music production. As well as some of the newer projects he has coming out on Film/TV, video games and other artists.

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Arun Pandian

Arun Pandian is a producer, engineer, and educator based in New York City.  He started his career as a lead guitar player performing and touring for the “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” album/tour, which was nominated for 10 Grammys and sold 19 million copies worldwide.

Following the tour Arun was one of the organizers of the original Field Day Music Festival, which was held at Giants Stadium in New Jersey and featured headliners such as Radiohead, The Beastie Boys, and Beck.

He is the owner of the recording studio Signal Corps Recording located in Dumbo, Brooklyn and he specializes in 3D Audio/Immersive Audio and Tonmeister recording techniques. He has had the pleasure of working with such notable artists such as: Mumford and Sons, Norah Jones, John Legend, Gabriel Garcia Montano, Gavin Degraw, David Lang, and Found Sound Nation.

As an educator, he is an adjunct professor in the Media Arts Department at Long Island University.