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DARA OS Ensemble

Eddie Blakney

Eddie Blakney

Student

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     Singer/Songwriter, DJ, Producer

    Junior with a concentration in Audio Engineering. Main instrument is percussion. Favorite artists are Lido, Cashmere Cat, HudoMo, BadBadNotGood, and Kayne West.

    Future Plans:  To open a studio and focus more on music production.

    SoundCloud

Sara Hill

Sara Hill

Student

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     Singer/Songwriter, Live Sound Engineer

    Junior with a DARA Concentration in Audio Engineering/Music Industry Entrepreneur. Main instruments are violin, guitar, and vocals. Sara is currently honing in her mixing/mastering skills and networking. Favorite artists are Dance Gavin Dance, In hearts wake, Trophy Eyes, Hundredth, Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, Jon Bellion, Chon, Polyphia

    Favorite Quote: “Success is finding something you love doing, getting paid to do it, and finding someone to share it with.” -Dick Clark

    Future Plans: The main goal is to open an all-inclusive music venue/dive bar and work more on the venue side of being the FOH engineer/booking manager, but would also love to work at a venue in Chicago as a FOH engineer.


Jeremy Kollross

Jeremy Kollross

Student

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     Musician & Audio Engineer

    Senior with a concentration in Audio Engineering. Main instruments are guitar, drums, and trombone. Currently working on EP album with his band, Boxing Day.

    Favorite Artists: The Contortionist, Radiohead, And So I Watch You From Afar, and Steely Dan.

    BandCamp

Kardon Lyons

Kardon Lyons

Student

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     Artist name: “Don Gotti” Producer

    Sophomore with a concentration in Recording Artist. Main instruments are Ableton Push, Trombone, Tuba, and FL Studio. Currently working on a Space Tape. 

    Future Plans: Move to California or Atlanta to pursue my career in audio engineering and eventually open my own studio.

    Favorite quote: Music is the universal language of mankind” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    SoundCloud Beatstarts Twitter

Brian Matthews II

Brian Matthews II

Student

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     Artist name: “Zig Zag” Rapper & Producer

    Junior with a concentration in Recording Artist. Main instruments are voice and some piano & guitar. Brian is a Capricorn and has been rapping since he was 15.

    Favorite Artist: Isa Muhammad.

    Future Plans: In the immediate future Brian is playing on debuting an album on Spotify.

    SoundCloud

Michael Menefee

Michael Menefee

Student

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    Artist name: “thedeViator” Producer & Audio Engineer

    Senior with a concentration in Audio Engineering. Main instruments are bass, guitar, drums. 

    Favorite Artists: Madlib, J dilla, Flying Lotus, Mike Will Made It, Alchemist

    Future Plans: After college, Michael plans on starting his own record label and initially serve as the in-house producer and engineer. He currently manages some acts, and is working hard to pushing brands forward.

    SoundCloud  BandCamp

Ray Nicholas

Ray Nicholas

Student

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     Artist name: “Nick Sky”  Singer/Songwriter

    Sophomore with a concentration in Audio Engineering and User Generated Content. Main instruments are bassoon, euphonium, bass, guitar, ukulele, and voice percussion.

    Favorite Artist: Mischief Brew, Silverstein, and Flogging Molly

    Future Plans: To work somewhere in the music industry and tour for my music.

    Favorite Quote: “We can be the bands we want to hear. We can define our own generation.” -Against Me!

Taylor Norwood

Taylor Norwood

Student

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    Singer/Songwriter

    Sophomore with a concentration in Audio Engineering. Main instruments are vocals, piano, guitar, and drums/percussion. 

    Favorite Artists: Prince, Title Fight, Kendrick Lamar, Chon, and The Internet

    Future Plans: Continue making music, playing shows, and recording local bands.

    Favorite Quote: “A girl with a guitar is twelve times better than another crazy band of boys.” -Prince

    SoundCloud BandCamp  Twitter

Stephen Vaughn

Stephen Vaughn

Student

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    Artist Name: “Jay Machiavelli” DJ, Rapper, & Composer

    Senior with a concentration in Music Entrepreneur, Recording Artist, and Audio Engineer. Main instruments are trombone, and anything DJ related. 

    Favorite Artists: J Cole and Kendrick Lamar

    Future Plans: DJ on new sites.

    Favorite Quote: “You can either live to work, or work for a living.”