EMC - Electronic Music Collective NYC

28 BROADWAY,New York, NY 10004


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Greg Tobler

Mixing Instructor

2 x Emmy Award winning audio professional Greg Tobler has spent the last 20 years working closely with many of the worlds largest artists, brands, sports franchises, and venues to provide quality audio solutions. Working in music, film, TV, advertising, VR, sports, events, and installations collectively have given him a unique skill set, depth of knowledge, and most importantly experience. Recently he has been applying his accumulated knowledge to the world of 360 video’s and VR. Working directly with the developers and software engineers, he is pioneering new techniques in binaural sound, high order ambisonics, 5.1, 7.1, Dolby Atmos and discrete 128 channel audio.

Greg has lent his recording and mixing talents to President Barack Obama, Paul Simon, Bruno Mars, Florence and the Machine, Blondie, Machine Gun Kelly, HBO, the US Tennis Open, BMW, Intel and Mission Impossible 5. He has traveled around the world for several documentary films providing location audio services and has seen those films through the audio post process for final delivery.

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Nick Neutronz

DJ & Production Instructor

Beats addict, DJ, Producer and Keyboardist, Nick Neutronz lives through his ears. Nick’s music, called Terraform, uses harmonic textures and virtual spaces inspired by outer space and astral projection, and fuses them with the drums and bass of street and club music. Nick has made music with Kendrick Lamar and Lil Wayne, and other world-renowned artists. The name Nick Neutronz was given when Nick was interning in Times Square, where songs made by 50 Cent, Fabolous, and Timbaland were being mixed by Duro at the same studio where J Cole got his shot. Since then, Neutronz’ credits include Eminem’s “Cinderella Man,” Beatport topping hard trap by Wuzu, ambient made for UK’s The Orb, and tracks written for Broadway Choreographer Sergio Trujillo.

Nick began his adventures in audio as a small child, making “pause tapes” of radio favorites to create seemless mixes. Early interest in 16 bit electronic worlds, science fiction, and exposure to early rave music shaped his approach to audio world building. Gifted turntables at 15 years old by LX Paterson of The Orb, Nick collected vinyl and played music at house parties and No-ID club nights all over the tristate area, before college gave Nick his first taste of radio and proper club rocking. Since then, Nick Neutronz terraform sound has sent him to Algeria, Tokyo along with numerous destinations in Europe and the United States. Terraform productions have landed on Japan’s Billboard Hot 100, soundscaped fashion installations, museums and video games.

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DJ Precision

Turntablism Instructor

The youngest member of the legendary X-ecutioners crew, Queens native DJ Precision is one of the most respected turntablists in the world. He is known for his rare ambidexterity, intense beat juggling skills and his efforts to progress and push the envelope in the art form of Turntablism.  Since his humble beginnings as a local party DJ in the mid 90s, Precision now holds 6 national battle titles. He is a 4x DMC USA Champion, having won two of these titles in the same year (2015) in both showcase and head to head categories. Later that year he went on to place 3rd in the showcase world final, and 1st place in the head to head categories to lock in his first World title. His battle background and overall DJ experience have led to his traveling the globe touring with the X-ecutioners,  as well as artists like Lord Finesse (DITC) and Brother Ali. He has also opened for the Black Eyed Peas, the Roots, Ludacris, and Kanye West. When he’s not touring or battling, you can find him teaching Turntablism and Mixing classes.


       Titles and Awards

2001 DMC Boston Regional Final 1st Place

2002 DMC NYC Regional Final 1st Place

2002 DMC USA National Championships Runner up

2002 Allies All Star Beatdown Western Hemisphere Championship 1st Place

2004 Inducted into the X-ecutioners

2006 DMC Boston Regional Championships 1st Place

2006 DMC USA National Finals Runner up

2006 Guitar Center Spin Off  North Eastern Regional Final 1st Place

2006 Guitar Center Spin Off National Grand Finals 1st Place

2007 DMC NYC Regional Championship 1st place

2007 DMC USA Championship 1st Place

2012 DMC NYC Regional Championship 1st Place 2012 DMC USA National Championship 1st Place

2012 DMC World Finals Runner up

2012 Global Spin Awards ‘Turntablist of the Year’ Nominee

2015 DMC  Battle for U.S. Supremacy Champion 1st Place

2015 DMC USA National Championship 1st Place

2015 DMC Battle for Supremacy World Champion


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Nate Mars

Production Instructor & marketing director

Nate Mars is a producer, sound designer, music technologist and content marketing specialist based in New York City. He has released original music on several labels including Fabric (UK), ZZK (Argentina), and Lustre Kings Productions in addition to having songs licensed for documentary films and television. He has also created SFX and Sound Design for television, including the newly re-launched iconic children’s television show Wonderama.

He is passionate about artist-to-artist music education, specifically helping inspire other producers to achieve their music production goals through collaboration and technology.

In addition to his work as an artist, Nate works as a marketing consultant and strategist with a focus on content and special events. For several years, he held the position of Marketing Director at music production & DJ school Dubspot. Nate has also worked in the technology startup world with companies such as music production platform/web app creator Splice and virtual reality startup, SpaceoutVR.

Nate has planned and produced unique event activations at many festivals in North America and around the globe including SXSW (Austin, Texas), Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah), Decibel Festival (Seattle, Washington), Movement (Detroit, Michigan), Ultra Music Festival (Miami, Florida), Electric Zoo (New York, New York), Moogfest (Asheville, North Carolina), Outlook Festival (Zagreb, Croatia), Thrival Festival (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), MUTEK (Montreal, Canada) Richie Hawtin Presents CNTRL (Music Technology & Education Bus Tour (USA/Canada).

He was also the host of the Decibel 2015 conference and has been a guest speaker on panels at Sundance Film Festival 2014 and more.

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Patrick Cupo

Production Instructor & curriculum director

Patrick Cupo is a professional musician, a national award-winning music educator (NSBA/NAfME), and a seasoned fine arts administrator based in New York City. Pat proudly serves as the Curriculum Director of the Electronic Music Collective, leading the best team of teaching artists in the industry.

In 2009, Pat started the Music Production program at Pershing Middle School in Houston, Texas. This led to 200+ students learning Ableton Live and making original music within urban, contemporary genres, which Ableton claimed as the largest program of its kind in the world. Pat then moved to New York City, serving as Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Dubspot and helped create Dubspot Online, reaching a global audience. He later accepted a position at NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions where he completely revamped MPAP Summer Programs (the department’s main recruiting tool) and was nominated for a Team Achievement Award during his first year. He’s been a guest lecturer at NYU, at the Crane School of Music, and at Columbia University’s Teachers College on topics from modern sound design techniques to 18th-century counterpoint.

A musician for over 25 years, Pat studied at some of the nation’s most acclaimed music schools, including Arizona School for the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, School of Jazz at The New School, the Crane School of Music, and Berklee College of Music. He holds multiple certificates in curriculum development from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). And as a working musician, he’s played bass all over NYC, from famed rock club CBGBs to Carnegie Hall, from substituting in Broadway pit orchestras to late-night studio sessions with high-profile recording artists. He even did the long-term cruise ship musician gig once – ask him about it. Pat has been published by Berklee Press and Cambridge University Press, and YouTube videos in which he’s appeared in have reached over two million total views. Most recently Pat worked in Engineering at Electro-Harmonix, designing sounds and presets for various products, conducting quality control, participating in complex R&D projects, and mixing audio for official videos.

Pat received a B.M. in Music Theory and History from the Crane School of Music at S.U.N.Y. Potsdam (Alumnus of Distinction, 2011). According to Myers-Briggs, he’s an INTJ, a.k.a. the “Architect Personality”.

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Thavius Beck

As a multi-instrumentalist, producer, emcee, and electronic music educator, Thavius Beck is a man whose life revolves around music and technology. With a focus on bass heavy rhythms, dark, emotional melodies, and twisted sample manipulation, he has not only released numerous albums of his own (both as Thavius Beck and under his previous moniker, Adlib), he has also collaborated with or remixed artists such as Saul Williams, Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, Skylar Grey, and Nas, just to name a few.

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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.

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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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Rosemary Minkler

Born and raised in Waterbury, CT, Rosemary Minkler is an accomplished pianist, composer, and audio engineer. She grew up surrounded by music and began studying piano at an early age, discovering her passion for jazz at the Litchfield Jazz Camp. She continued her studies on a full scholarship to Western Connecticut State University, where she received a degree in Audio and Music Production with a concentration in Jazz Piano. During her time at WCSU, she worked closely with renowned jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene and as an audio engineer in a local recording studio.

Rosemary’s diverse abilities make her an in-demand musician and audio engineer. She has been living in Brooklyn, New York since 2017, working as an audio engineer for Buzzfeed News’s live news show “AM to DM”, regularly performing her original music, and often working with other musicians. Rosemary has a jazz piano trio album and several singles available for purchase and streaming on services such as iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal. She works with Korg Keyboards as a digital pianos and synth specialist as well as Antares Audio Technologies (AutoTune).

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Niara Sterling

Niara Sterling is a DJ, Event Producer, Host and rising Sound Engineer. Originally from Springfield, Virginia, she began her music career in Washington, D.C. in 2016 spinning at venues like Marvin and Velvet Lounge. It didn’t take Niara long to realize that music is one of her passions, and she made the decision to relocate to Brooklyn, New York to explore DJing as a full-time career.

In the span of this budding career, Niara hosted and DJ’d the radio show, Nature of a Sista, on Balamii radio. The show focused on new and classic deep cuts. Niara also DJ’d and managed musical direction for Alxndr London, Masego and Talib Kweli. Towards the end of 2018, Niara founded the party PERK with fellow DJ, JADALAREIGN. In its first year alone, PERK became known for providing an eclectic dance soundtrack accompanied by live instrumentation and bringing out over 600 people at House of Yes, Lot 45 and Le Bain. Aside from these accomplishments, she has crafted a sound of her own recognized all over the city.

Niara’s sound is in a continual evolution but currently, her musical style embodies rhythm, blues, soul, funk, gospel, hiphop, house and new genres from the diaspora. She is often noted for playing a variety of genres while blending both classic and contemporary music in her sets. Though time, dedication to her craft and more parties that one could count, Niara has built a reputation as a DJ known for her selections, professionalism, talent and skill for moving people to the dance floor with her sets! Niara’s clientele includes Adidas, Afropunk, HBO, Guggenheim and more.