What brought me to SAE? What are my “Creative Influences”?

My journey to SAE began during my first year of highschool when i picked up a guitar for the first time. As i progressed with playing it, learning new materials and finding new sounds etc, I would find myself spending a great deal of time searching for new music and new styles. It soon became a ritual that I would do almost every day, I would sit infront the of the computer, usually for several hours, just filtering through artist after artist. Looking back from now to then I can see how much my taste in music has changed, from just simple rock and punk, to Melodic Hardcore, Thrash and Progressive bands. Genres almost unheard of the world of Itunes top 40 listeners.

By the time I graduated, I had established a new and very personal perspective of music. I discovered how powerful a tool it is and influencial it can be, largely because of its effect on me and my prior experiences with it, being predominantly mental or emotional. I realised how something like the theme song from the 1975 Thriller Movie, “Jaws”, had the ability to build so much anticipation and tension. Or how a song like “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole, can bring feelings of hope, warmth and contempt, these are just examples, but you get the idea. This ability to make people feel a certain way is something i hope to achieve someday.

Being a musician at heart, I idolize people of great musical talent, meaning that a lot of my idols are successful musicians and/or band members, although production, recording and mixing sound is generally a big part of what they do. My two main idols are Misha Mansour and Adam “Nolly” Getgood.

NAMM 2015

Misha Mansour – NAMM 2015


Adam “Nolly” Getgood

Both are band members of Periphery and Produce/Engineer music together. What inspires me about these guys is of course their incredible skills as musicians and song writers and their sheer knowledge of sound and how to manipulate it, both onstage and in the studio. During the composing of each of their bands albums, Misha and Nolly make a series of videos based in the studio where they’re recording, the idea behind these videos is to share their methods of recording, info about gear and how they get their sound. This insight into a professional kind of studio scenario was what really got me hooked on the whole production aspect of music, and it inspired me to go further down the Audio engineering path.

What I hope to achieve at SAE is a firm knowledge of how to capture sound and turn into something that can have a positive impact on listeners, either on the live stage or in a recording studio. And I believe studying at here will give me the tools to this.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UetE-O77xw – the mental and emotional effects of music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bFr2SWP1I – Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvCI-gNK_y4 – Jaws theme song

http://uploads.jacksonguitars.com/blogs/jackson/2015/01/Misha.jpg – Misha Mansour Image

http://forbassplayersonly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Nolly-150.jpg – Adam “Nolly” Getgood Image