This week's Behind the Synth features a wonderful chat with electronic music artist Rachel K. Collier.Behind the synth showcases the people bringing you Yamaha synthesizers. Rachel K. Collier is a talented electronic music artist from Swansea, Wales. Besides music videos, she creates upbeat, informative and entertaining synthesizer and production videos. "I am passionate about sharing stuff with people because I know what it means to me when someone shows me something awesome. If I can be the person that can make someone go, 'oh wow, I can do that too', I think that is cool". Blake had a chance to chat with Rachel over Skype from her home in the UK:
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.