Sonic Summer is an online Artist Development Program created by Kate Ellwanger (Dot of TeamSupreme and Unspeakable Records) to guide producers, songwriters, and musicians of all backgrounds on a journey of discovering their unique sound as they create an original body of work during the course.
While many schools and online tutorials teach the technical aspects of using a DAW or producing music, this program is designed to go beyond the basic "How To's" and prepare students for long-term creative and financial success through their music. It is Ellwanger's mission to help artists from all over the world hone their strengths and discover what sets them apart from everyone else making music in the digital age.
Sonic Summer Program Dates:
June 22 - August 3 2018
- Complete a cohesive body of work with the support of Dot and fellow artists in the program
- Discover your personal strengths and bring out your unique sound as an artist/producer
- Collaborate with participating music-makers from all over the world
- Develop authentic leadership skills, explore new ways of releasing music in the digital age, and generate income without compromising your artistry
- Identify and address any fears or self-doubts that may be blocking your creative output or fullest expression
- Complete challenges and exercises that push you outside of your comfort zone and stretch your ideas
- Develop good workflow practices that align with your personality type
- Create a lifestyle and healthy work habits to serve your music at the highest possible level
- Weekly lessons, live discussions, and open Q&A sessions via google hangouts (taught by Dot and special guests)
- Access to lesson and discussion recordings, private message boards, and supplemental resources on the course platform with a password-protected login
- Exercises, meditations, and homework assignments to be completed each week of the program
- Support and feedback from Dot and fellow artists in the group
- Regular check-ins and accountability through email and the program website
- One hour private coaching session with Dot on skype or google hangouts
- Email access to Dot with 48-hr response time (M-F)
- List of additional reading and resources to accompany the program
BONUS: Unspeakable Records is teaming up with Club Can't Hear so that all of our producers and songwriters will have the ability to ask session-specific mixing & mastering questions this season! Each will be answered with a custom video response by expert engineer Jared Leopard, founder and lead engineer of CCH. Jared has mastered work for artists on Mad Decent, Sony Music Group, TAR, and Red Bull Music Academy, to name a few, and is offering an exclusive discount on all CCH services for participating artists.
We're also honored to have Jared as one of our guest speakers in the 2018 season, so if you’re serious about having your songs start stacking up to commercial releases on a competitive level (consoles, tape machines, dynamics, loudness, eq, compression and more), he will be showing us some incredible strategies for elevating your music!
Unspeakable is proud to be partnering with Splice once again this season! All Sonic Summer artists are gifted two free months of download credits with enrollment.
Program Fee: $649 or payment plan of $189/month for 4 months
We're looking for creators of all musical styles, genders, ages, nationalities, and backgrounds to join us on this creative adventure! Artists are admitted based on their authenticity, openness, and ability to listen. Your years of experience or number of followers do not make a difference in your application.
Once submitted, you will be notified of acceptance via email within 3-5 business days and given further instructions to confirm your enrollment in the program.
Want to participate with a friend? Refer another artist and receive an extra 30-minute private coaching session with Dot upon their enrollment!
Note: out of respect for the time, space, and energy required to fully participate in this program, we ask that all artists adhere to a social media "ban" while creating with us. If you cannot refrain from using facebook, twitter, instagram, or other online social platforms for a few weeks this summer in service of your music, then please reconsider your application. Use for specific career-related purposes will be allowed following a complete detox period.
About the instructor:
Dot (Kate Ellwanger) is a producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. She is a member of beat-collective TeamSupreme, founder of Unspeakable Records, and has taught music production and composition at critically-acclaimed institutions including The Los Angeles Recording School, Dubspot, Point Blank, and Garnish. Learn more
"Sonic Identity was without a doubt the best investment I could have made for my personal development as an artist. It gave me the ability to have more faith in my works and to adapt practices that are now reflected within my music. Dot was a tremendous leader who was not only dependable and consistent, but wise in how she approached the curriculum for the course." - Joel J. (@taijitunes)
"Where to begin... Dot is amazing. Not only as an artist but as a human being. I loved how real, personal, and connected this program is. You can take so many different classes on production in LA but the piece that stands out about this one, and in my opinion is the most important, is the connection and focus on what it is that drives you. That connection to your true artistry. I loved the creative challenges that forced you to get out of your head and your normal production routine and see things differently. I have developed so much more as a creative individual and finally feel confident about my music and my focus." - Ilsa R.
"Sonic Identity was definitely a silver lining for me during a time where I really felt low and insecure about the music I was creating. Dot strengthened my endless love for music by showing me how to use my creativity without any boundaries, judgement, or fear. I found that I was surprising myself week after week with the tracks I was creating and checking off goals in such a short amount of time. The most essential lesson that I've learned from this program is that a healthy lifestyle and mindset are just as important as the session on your DAW." - Kaila V.
"Sonic Identity has provided me all the support and direction I need to develop into the independent and multi-faceted artist I knew I could be - with so much more awareness and attunement to my exalted self than I could have done on my own! Kate is a dream to learn from; she’s walking this same pioneering path of artist and producer, and this course provides insight into her unique personal process of music making.
The sonic challenges and reflection exercises Kate assigns make me dive deep into the wells of my being to find the purpose underlying every choice I make, sonically or otherwise. Creating music from this place of self-reflection and inquiry has yielded the best, most exploratory and intentional music beyond anything I could have imagined. I’m so proud of myself and the work I’ve created within this course.
Though the course doesn’t specifically cover the technical side of music production, I’ve been able to hone my production, processing, mixing, and mastering by creating new projects each week. Before the course started, I didn’t even know how to pan sounds within the stereo scape, and now I am confident in leading and managing sessions where I collaborate with another artist or producer. I can do anything now!"
- Kelleia (@kelleiamusic)
Frequently Asked Questions:
My schedule is insane. Do I have time for Sonic Identity?
In short, YES. The program is flexibly designed so that artists from any time zone or schedule can participate. There will be two separate groups per lesson/discussion days - 10am and 7pm PST on Fridays - so participants can choose the section that works best for them.
Miss a day? Don't sweat it! All lessons and discussions are recorded and available for download immediately after each session, so that artists can catch up, review, or check out the other group's conversation anytime.
What will I gain from this experience?
Sonic Identity is unlike any other music school or online tutorial series. While the main objective is for each artist to walk away with an EP or single they feel great about, the lessons learned and relationships made during the program are lifelong treasures. Artists can learn technical skills from a multitude of resources (many of which are listed in the Sonic Identity Resources PDF given to all participants), but this curriculum takes artist development to a much deeper level in exploring each creator's unique sounds within a supportive community environment.
Like most things in life, you will only get out what you put in, so it's up to YOU to follow through with all assignments and opportunities for growth that Sonic Identity provides. Being pushed outside of your comfort zone and opening to new ideas may not always be easy, but the results are well worth the effort.
Do I have to use a specific DAW in order to participate? What if I'm still a beginner?
The only prerequisites for this program are a means to record your music (any DAW will do), an internet connection, and willingness to learn no matter what your experience level is! Sonic Identity is all about making the most of the time, skills, and resources you currently have -- NOT waiting around until you have that new synth or more knowledge to begin sometime in the future.
How does the payment plan work?
If you'd like to choose the payment plan, your program fee will be split into 4 monthly payments, with the first payment made upon registration as your deposit. We use Square for all of our processing, so your personal information remains private and secure through their service.