2-Day Intensive: Songwriting w/CLARA

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2-Day Intensive: Songwriting w/CLARA

Join us for this event which will take place over two days on December 28th and 29th, each day from 3:30pm – 7pm!
Class outline:
– Where to start? How to find inspiration?
– How to write songs daily, even if you’re not extremely confident working in a DAW
– How to create stand out lyrics
– Understanding the narrative of songwriting, who are you talking to? or who is talking?
– How to simplify and strengthen an idea
– How to get out of writer’s block
– Is music theory necessary to write a song? How is it helpful?
– Typical song structures for different genres
– The importance of arrangement
– How many hooks do you need? How do genres differ from each other?
– How to write a show-stopping song no matter what genre
– Learn the “rules to break them” in pop music
– How to demo songs for pitching
– Collaborating with other writers
– How to finish a song


CLARA is a Pop-Soul Artist who rose to fame by winning talent competitions and simultaneously posting her music on Youtube. She has independently grown a following of over 250,000 subscribers and her 35 million+ views have led to sold out tours all over the globe including the US, Asia, Australia, Canada and more. CLARA has performed at prestigious venues like The Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall with Brian Mcknight and her songs are heard in numerous commercials, films & TV shows such as Big Mouth and The L Word. Her sweet, sultry vocals paired with soul-stirring music make her an artist to remember. CLARA is a self-taught singer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and even directs her own video content. Her recent singles titled “Beau” and “My Kinda Lovin” can be heard on all platforms including Spotify and Apple Music under “CLARA” and you can give her a shout on instagram @ClaraTheArtist. 

Logic Pro for Beginners with Kayhee

Logic Pro for Beginners with Kayhee


  • Overview of Logic’s main windows (Workspace, Mixer, Library, Upper Tab, Editor, Preferences)
  • Region and Track Inspector
  • Quick look at Logic’s native Synthesizers
  • Quick look at Logic’s best native plug-ins
  • Setting up sends and buses in Logic
  • Automation and Flex tools in Logic
  • MIDI Operations in Logic
  • Controller set-up in Logic
  • Sampling in Logic
  • Useful shortcuts and functions in Logic

Keyhan Kamelian is an Iranian music producer, songwriter, engineer and sound designer based in Los Angeles. Keyhan’s production, which spans across various genres and styles, has been awarded multiple titles by Indaba Music and acquired multiple placements in recent years. Additionally, Keyhan’s sound design for award-winning short film ‘Personal’ has been praised by critics for its fusion of organic and synthesized textures. He has also been invited to present masterclasses on audio production at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Keyhan’s current focus is on producing singles and EPs for various singer-songwriters as well as completing his own artist project. While not producing, Keyhan teaches private lessons on piano and production as well as playing keys for local pop and indie artists around LA.

2-Day Intensive: Finger Drumming w/Coby

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2-Day Intensive: Finger Drumming w/Coby

Coby Ashpis is a producer, multi-instrumentalist, and finger drummer based in Los Angeles. He is a resident performer with the Beat Cinema collective and a Product Specialist at Native Instruments. He holds a degree in Music from the University of Chicago and has been finger drumming for six years. Coby has performed with acts across the hip-hop and beat scene, including Daedelus, Atmosphere, Open Mike Eagle, Ras G, Dibiase, Tek.Lun, Free The Robots, among others. He is set to release his first full-length album this fall on the Dome of Doom label.







2-Day Intensive: Composition & Sound Design for TV & Film w/Jesse Wolston

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2-Day Intensive: Composition & Sound Design for TV & Film w/Jesse Wolston

Join us for a 2-day Intensive with Sound Design professional Jesse Wolston. This is a 2-day event on December 26th and 27th from 6:30pm – 10pm each night.

Day 1:
– Understanding and interpreting Visual Media
– Composition for Film and T.V.
– In-depth look into film music and the purpose of themes, motifs, and harmony
– Lab time implementing intentional emotion
Day 2:
– Sound Design in context
– Creating textures and developing sounds using synthesis techniques and audio recordings
– Using production tools to re-design sounds to support the compositions
– Lab time implementing sound design together with Day 1’s composition
– Final review of Day 1 & 2


Jesse is a composer and motion designer from Auckland, New Zealand. His musical output is primarily modern classical and abstract electronic. Jesse is a certified Sound Designer & Producer from the Berklee School of Music, who currently builds large-scale international audio/visual art installations, sound exhibits, and compositions for documentary & art films. He works independently in graphic and motion design. He currently resides in Highland Park.


Future Funk Masterclass with SideBrain

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Future Funk Masterclass with SideBrain

Beat Lab CEO and Founder, Yeuda Ben-Atar, is one of the world’s top Ableton Certified trainers – he’s taught some of the greatest producers alive like Skrillex, Timbaland, and Giorgio Moroder to name a few. With an extensive musical background beginning with playing keys and guitar as a teenager, progressing into one of the most highly respected producers and production teachers online, to one of the only Ableton Certified Trainers in Los Angeles, to having Grammy-nominated and Billboard charting alumni of his school – Yeuda truly is a one-of-a-kind teacher and mentor.

As an Artist Side Brain play live beats on Video Game Controllers.

Check out Side Brain’s Blog for endless free Ableton Racks.

FUTURE FUNK – The mixture of electronic dance music and live funk
Join SideBrain to discuss the influences and background of this genre, and why it is what we consider to be a timeless genre
1. Choosing the sounds that create a sonic palette for this genre
2. Chords, progressions, and turnarounds that make future funk musically unique
3. How to make the “feel” of future funk more human
4. Tips and tricks for the mix
5. Arrangement, final tweaks and live performance edits that work in the club

Behind the Beat w/ Mike Gazzo (Steve Aoki, Billie Eilish)

Behind the Beat w/ Mike Gazzo (Steve Aoki, Billie Eilish)

Gazzo is a writer/producer who has co-written records with Steve Aoki, Backstreet Boys, Nicky JamBTSKiiaraDesiignerChase RiceAmerican AuthorsPusha T, etc. He is best known for his remix of “Best Day of My Life” which collected 50 Mil streams and helped the record go double platinum. He’s also done remix work for Fall Out Boy, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Billie Eilish, AJR, and countless others. Listed below are just a few examples of the labels Gazzo has worked with,

As an artist:
Republic Records, Casablanca Records, Enhanced Recordings, Armada, CR2
As a producer:
Republic Records, Atlantic Records, Island Records, Sony Music, Ultra Records, Seeking Blue, 88Rising


  1. Behind the vocals to CADE & Desiigner “Home To You [pitched reverbs; chops in designer’s vox]
  2. Behind the beat/vocals to Aoki/BTS “Waste It On Me” [attention to detail with vocals]
  3. Behind the beat/vocals to Aidan Alexander-Guts [vocal processing & simplicity of a track]
  4. Behind the beat Aoki/Nicky Jam “Jaleo”
  5. Behind the beat/vocals of some unreleased tracks
  6. How to fill the frequency spectrum for a full sounding song
  7. Percussion Fundamentals (why having a strong percussive section in a song is important)
  8. Guitar and Bass processing
  9. Gazzo and his DAW workflow
  10. How Being “Correct” isn’t always what’s best

Masterclass with Rejoicer (Stones Throw)

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August 16th, 6PM-8PM

About the Masterclass

Rejoicer is coming to Beat Lab to share with us his unique producing techniques focusing on live recording mixed with samples from all the spectrum of musical styles.

We will discuss his absolute understanding of rhythm and explore odd time signatures besides the magnetic 4/4.

We will also learn a few melodic tricks with Yuvi’s approach to melodic structures, and talk about the journey that led him to sign with the legendary label, Stones Throw.

About Rejoicer

Yuvi Havkin, who goes by the name Rejoicer, is one of the primary figures of Tel Aviv’s beat scene. He is the founder of the Raw Tapes label, a collective of beatmakers, rappers, jazz singers, and instrumentalists. Rejoicer’s own work is a hazy, psychedelic blend of instrumental soul, abstract hip-hop, and broken beats, with influences ranging from cosmic jazz to Bollywood soundtracks. After releasing more than 20 albums across various projects and relocating to Berlin, Havkin signed to Stones Throw and released the full-length Energy Dreams in 2018.

Along with Beno Hendler and KerenDun, Havkin founded Buttering Trio in 2011. With an eclectic blend of left-field pop styles, the group’s debut full-length, Toast, appeared in 2013, and the group went on to play shows with the likes of Black Milk and Hudson Mohawke. All three members of Buttering Trio participated in the Live Beat Tapes project, which issued The Singles in 2015. Rejoicer also worked with downtempo/house vocalist Bajka and left-field hip-hop producers Free the Robots and Mndsgn.

Having played gigs with Peanut Butter Wolf and collaborated with Dudley Perkins and Georgia Anne Muldrow, as well as sharing a genre-blurring sensibility with roots in jazz and hip-hop, Havkin was a natural fit for Stones Throw.


  • Open to all levels

  • Please bring your laptop and headphones

  • Any DAW will work for this workshop but Rejoicer will use Ableton Live

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Behind the Beat with Blank B: Breaking Down Hit Productions DATE TBD

Behind the Beat with Blank B: Breaking Down Hit Productions

Blank B, an LA native, is a multi-platinum producer of 9 years.  After earning production credits under Redfoo, LMFAO, 2 Chainz, HRVY, Vinai, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Ice Cube & more, he decided to expand his music dream, and pursue a career in artistry.  He recently debuted his first album as a singer-songwriter and rapper, exploring a variety of melody driven, pop-influenced musical styles. Harnessing his ability to write, sing, produce, mix, master and perform his own music, he has his sights set on competing amongst the world acclaimed pop artists of today.

Enroll in this class to get a behind the scenes look into Blank’s overarching production techniques – as well as a look behind his unusual music-industry history that led to him achieving a 4x Platinum, #1 record in Australia.

Some things that will be reviewed:

  • Behind the beat to “Let’s Get Ridiculous” by Redfoo 
  • Behind the beat/vocals to “HOLD TIGHT” by Blank B
  • Behind the beat to other various productions (from festival bangers to indie-pop/alternative tracks)
  • B’s fundamental mixing and mastering techniques
  • B’s creative process
  • B’s workflow
  • Why we suck when we start but we think we are good (and how to actually get good)
  • Q&A

This is one unique perspective of a musician’s journey you’re not going to want to miss! Sign up now!


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