In this episode, Blake and Nate chat with Yamaha artist, Will Wells.Yamaha keyboards have been a part of Will's musical life ever since his mother got him a PSR-190 as a child. His career is a testament to musical skill, technical prowess, work ethic and wonderful personality. Will's credits include Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, The RZA & Wu Tang Clan, LMFAO, Imagine Dragons and the hit Broadway musical, "Hamilton". He's an arranger, musical director, producer, multi-instrumentalist and mentor. Will was introduced to the Yamaha MONTAGE on the Imagine Dragons tour. He had this to say: "I didn’t necessarily call myself a synthesist, then the MONTAGE happened and that just blew my entire mind. It is a modern keyboard for the modern keyboardist.”
Yamaha Synthesizer Product Specialist Blake Angelos has over thirty years of experience with music hardware and software. An expert in music technology, Blake has conducted numerous clinics, master classes and presentations throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. In his role as Product Specialist for the Synthesizer Department Blake appears in many product videos and artist interviews, writes many articles for YamahaSynth.com and co-hosts a regular Podcast called “Behind the Synth”.
Before his work with Yamaha, he taught music theory and jazz studies courses at Arizona State University; managed a technology-focused music store in Seattle and was a production supervisor at Microsoft, where he led a team that developed groundbreaking interactive music content for the Microsoft Network. Blake holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. Blake currently resides in Bellingham, Washington with his family, and between his travels around the world for Yamaha, he performs as much as possible with several jazz and creative music groups in Bellingham, Seattle and other places in the Pacific Northwest.