NIMBUS FACULTY & STAFF
All faculty members at Nimbus are current music and media professionals, actively involved in their industry.
Alex Aligizakis, aka Condor, brings an energetic and driven feel to his productions. His focus on crafting simple catchy arrangements, true to the artist performances, and crystal-clear punchy-fat tones, makes him and his style unique. Alex started his music career as a drummer, which helps him to break an artist?s song down to its rawest elements without over complicating them. He prides himself on capturing real performances, and taking a raw idea or vision of a band or artist and molding it into exactly what the artist desires. Alex has been working in the Vancouver studio scene for 13 years. He began assisting at The Warehouse, The Armoury, and Chad Kroeger's own Mountain View Studios. In the past few years Alex has branched off on his own Production and Engineering career with some recent successes, engineering Art of Dying's debut self-titled LP, co-financing and engineering Warner Music / RoadRunner Records signed heavy rock band Hail the Villain's debut, Population Declining, (which was nominated for Best Rock Record at the 2010 Juno Awards), and mixing Vancouver darlings Bend Sinister's latest LP, Small Fame. Alex also has some roadie life experience as a live sound engineer having travelled through Europe twice and the US extensively, including 2 performances on the Jay Leno show and 1 on the Jimmy Kimmel show, with the infamous Nickelback. Alex moved to Vancouver Island in 2010 to setup his own studio, and has had the privilege to work with more and more great artists this way, including: Chris Witoski, Arn Rhys, and Chad Brownlee. Alex just finished mixing a record for Victoria's own Mindil Beach Markets, and is producing, engineering, and mixing a full length hip-hop record for Panther & The Supafly.
Alex graduated from the Advanced Audio Engineering Diploma program in 2017 and joined the tech team right after graduation.
Allen Moy is an instructor in our Music Business department. He has built a career as in artist management, and has founded and co-founded several media and entertainment groups. While attending Capilano College in 1979, Vancouver native Allen Moy found himself attracted to the burgeoning local punk music scene. He decided to pursue music creatively and began performing in various local Vancouver bands throughout the late 1970's and early 1980s. Moy's involvement in the local music community led to him co-founding the Mo-Da-Mu Artist Collective in 1981. Mo-Da-Mu was a group of artists and musicians, who collectively produced, marketed and promoted each others' art. In 1983 Moy began producing records for several local bands including the first full-length album Set the Fire by upstart act 54-40. In 1985 Moy, along with partner Keith Porteous, formed the company Gangland Artists which would go on to manage such notable Canadian acts as 54-40, Mae Moore, and Sons of Freedom. Gangland Artists was actively involved in various other aspects of the industry such as video (Producing music videos for 54-40, The Grapes of Wrath, Moev, Paul Janz to name a few) and music production and acted as creative consultant for the feature film Hard Core Logo. Moy expanded his scope in 1997 by creating a new company Divine Industries Inc. which includes a management division, record label, book publishing and promotion divisions. Today, the Divine Industries management roster includes award winning artists 54-40, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Lee Harvey Osmond, Ridley Bent and John Mann. Divine Industries Inc. has released recordings by 54-40, The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, Paloma, The Vampire Beach Babes, Veal, DSK, Sons of Freedom and Images In Vogue. In 2010, Moy along with partner Sean McKay, created The INNERface Media, a modern content development company working with various clients in and outside of the music business. Moy has served on the Board of Directors for the following organizations: VideoFACT/Muchfact (1999-2014), Western Canadian Music Alliance (2007-2011), The Music Managers Forum MMF (2003-2006), The Peak Performance Advisory Board (2008-2013). Moy is the current manager of 54-40, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Ridley Bent, Lee Harvey Osmond and John Mann. He is the founder of Divine Industries, and a co-founder of The INNERface Media, Gangland Artists, and Mo-Da-Mu Collective. In addition, he is the former manager of Mae Moore, Sons of Freedom, Barney Bentall, Junkhouse.
Amalia Judith is a writer, producer and educator with an inquisitive mind and a passion for words. She specializes in adapting written and visual content for use in multiple contexts, and is currently researching the translation of complex expression for her Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Amalia found her way to the top of the Canadian hip-hop industry in 2010; she helped build HipHopCanada's West Coast team from the ground up, working alongside legends in the process. From adjudicating the Junos rap category to providing Junos red carpet coverage, she is firmly embedded in Canadian media and music, though her focus is currently on teaching. Amalia has interviewed some of the most important names in hip-hop, including Drake, Pharrell and Lil Kim, bringing to each interview a unique blend of psychological awareness and historical relevance; the belief that artists play an important role in the development of culture has led her to appreciate and document the process many times over. Between integrating musicians with community-based PR campaigns, producing music videos and documentaries and developing branding strategies, Amalia is ecstatic at the chance to share her skill set with the Nimbus team.
Ben Kaplan has established a reputation in the business as a guy with great ears, a lot of musical talent, a ProTools whiz and bringing creativity, beauty and perfection to every recording. Early on, learning directly from producing legend Jack Richardson, Ben has worked in studios across North America and the UK recording a wide variety of genres. Ben is now based in Vancouver as a producer, engineer, mixer, programmer and is one of the founders of Fader Mountain Sound (formerly part of the historic Little Mountain Sound). He has a long list of credits including Mother Mother, Snoop Dog, Five Alarm Funk, Rise Against, Shakira, Gallows, Trapt and Chevelle. Ben's work on Mother Mother's The Sticks earned him a nomination for the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year JUNO award in 2013 and his work on Hedley's album Storms garnered the band a JUNO for Pop Album of the Year in 2012. Ben also engineered Biffy Clyro's critically acclaimed album Only Revolutions, which was nominated for the UK's prestigious Mercury Award in 2010.
Benjamin graduated from Post & Game Audio Production in August of 2016, then returned to complete a Post Diploma in Advanced Audio Engineering. Ben joined the tech team in the spring of 2017.
Bernadette, or Junior B as she is known - a nod to her partner in crime, the talented Brandon Fletcher - is a talented singer songwriter, in addition to her many talents at the desktop. Bernadette juggles a busy life while managing the Marketing strategy for Nimbus.
Brandon graduated from the Advanced Studio Production Program in 2014 and returned to do a Post Diploma in Advanced Audio Engineering. He joined the tech team after graduating in 2015 and has been a key member of the department ever since, balancing his time between Nimbus and his own audio endeavours! As an engineer and producer he has worked across a variety of genres. From acoustic pop to contemporary jazz to thrash metal, Brandon enjoys recording no matter the music. His speed and skill at ProTools, which he honed at Nimbus, was impressive enough to earn him the role of House Engineer at CREW studios in North Vancouver. You can find out more about Brandon on his website, BrandonBrownMusic.com
Director/Producer, Brandon Fletcher brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Nimbus team. A self-taught director who got his start making movies in his backyard at the age of 12, Brandon earned his production chops while running onsite and offsite events for Quinn Best at award winning live music venue Habitat and production company Lush Plush Inc. He went on to work as the Creative Director and Manager for Habitat from 2007-2013, and managed the BreakOut West LiveStream from 2011-2014. Brandon was the Creative Director for The Peak Performance Project for all seven years and is the Founder and Director of a west coast creative studio, Faked Potatoes. Brandon's music videos have been featured on heavy rotation on MuchMusic, Vevo, NYLON Magazine, TELUS OptikTV and Shaw.
Brock McFarlane began his career in audio engineering by studying physics at the University of Alberta. He then moved on to study audio engineering at the Pacific Audio Visual Institute in Vancouver, where he received his honours diploma. Brock went on to engineer at the infamous Hipposonic and Mushroom Studios, assisting and engineering on projects including Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench, K-os, Hedley, and Hey Ocean. Not satisfied to simply work with audio, Brock strives to understand the electrical and acoustic principles behind it. This desire has lead Brock to study and experiment with electrical and acoustical engineering, designing and modifying audio equipment as well as acoustic treatments for his own Vancouver mastering studio, CPS Mastering. For Brock, audio engineering is both an art and a science, and he strives to show how interconnected these two worlds are and how a foundation in the science of recording and mixing is essential to a career in the industry.
Cody is a talented audio engineer who started his career at Nimbus as a tech, then a Teaching Assistant and is now an Instructor. Cody holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, specializing in Music Administrative Studies, Music Theory, Composition, and Audio Engineering. After receiving his degree, Cody attended Fanshawe College's Music lndustry Arts Program, intensifying his love for music production and allowing him the opportunity to mentor under some of the Industry's top producers and engineers. Before venturing out West in 2010, Cody held the position of House Engineer at Willyboy Recordings in London, Ontario. While there, he had the privilege of working with Kevin Doyle (Anne Murray, Hall & Oates) as his assistant engineer, along with many other talented artists. Cody currently owns and operates his own music production company and studio, Fiend Recordings, which is located in East Vancouver, and he works with many local bands and artists.
Cole graduated from the Beats and Urban Music Production or BUMP Program in one of the last of the BUMP graduating classes in 2017. (This class has now been replaced with the EMP set of Programs). Cole joined the tech team in March of 2018.
Daniel's love for sound has always extended beyond music. Studying film at Queen's University in the early 90s, and then electroacoustic communications at Simon Fraser University in the mid to late 90s, alongside DJing and producing electronic music, ultimately led him towards audio engineering and music production school. Daniel signed his first recording deal with Nettwerk as a recording artist in the late 90's and in 2005 signed his second deal with Last Gang Records in Toronto, and has actively continued working as a recording artist since. During the late summer of 2007, Daniel co-founded Vancouver's own Fader Mountain Sound studios. Since that time, Daniel has been working as an artist, sound designer, D.S.P. fanatic, gear creator, sound engineer and music producer as the studio continues to grow. Being able to be creative with sound, people and machines that make noise has been a life long love for Daniel.
Multiple Juno Award-winner Dave Genn is a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and performer whose musical pedigree boasts a diversity and scope that spans over twenty-five years in the business. Since 2003 he has been the lead guitarist for Canadian alt-rock heroes 54-40 and has appeared as a writer, producer and performer on the band's most recent albums Yes To Everything, Northern Soul and Lost in the City, in conjunction with playing over four hundred shows with the group. In 2017 Dave and 54-40 were inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame as StarWalk Star members. Prior to his tenure with 54-40 he was a member of the Matthew Good Band from '95 until 2001. Dave has produced career making hit singles for pop-rock juggernaut Marianas Trench, including the number-ones Shaketramp, Cross My Heart and All to Myself. Dave has written, produced, recorded and performed with artists as talented and divergent as Art Bergmann, Daniel Wesley, Thornley, The Grapes of Wrath, Strapping Young Lad, Holly McNarland, Faber Drive, The Lowest of the Low, Emm Gryner, Ten Second Epic, Northcote, and Pure, among others. Dave's soundtrack work for film has garnered him three Leo Award nominations to date for multiple short film scores. He was Musical Director for award shows as well, most notably the NHL Awards '07 and Canadian Video Game Awards in 2012. Dave is the son of the late Canadian artist Robert Genn. He lives in Vancouver with his wife, CTV News Anchor Tamara Taggart, their three young children and Airedale terrier, Stanley. Dave's one singular hope is to witness the Vancouver Canucks lift Lord Stanley's Cup during his lifetime.
Dean is a highly skilled and sought after JUNO Award nominated audio engineer with a long list of talented artists and projects under his belt, since starting his career as a young and green runner at Little Mountain Sound studios in 1993. Dean has a laid back style which belies his tenacity at the console. He is known for his skillful engineering style and crafted mixes, allowing him to work with some of the music industry elite including Elton John, Michael Buble, Slayer, Gene Simmons as well as more recent artists Hedley, Trapt, Rise Against, Atreyu, From Autumn To Ashes, Faber Drive and Mariana's Trench to name but a few. Dean is the Senior Audio Instructor at Nimbus.
As a Nimbus founder, Diane brings a unique set of skills into the mix which were forged in areas outside of the music industry. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Toxicology and a background in Mental Health policy, Diane has worked quietly and continuously behind the scenes to help build Nimbus from the ground up. Diane continues to work closely with the Management Team in day to day operations as the Director of HR and Compliance.
Eduardo graduated from Advanced Music Production in 2015 and joined the Nimbus tech team shortly afterwards. Eduardo brings a level of skill and know-how to the tech team, ensuring things are always running smoothly.
Elisa is a talented producer and engineer spending many hours in the studio at Monarch Studios in Vancouver. Nimbus is fortunate to have Elisa's talents on TA days where she shares her gifts with Nimbus students.
Futch has been producing music since 1988 and has been working with Nimbus since the school opened its doors in 2009. Prior to that he taught Audio Engineering and Music Production at several recording schools in Vancouver and has been teaching for over 2 decades. Futch has a unique and natural stand-up comedic style that allows him to break down the critical elements of audio theory and signal flow into its base components in a way that is easy for students to understand. In addition to a great teaching career, Futch has produced, engineered and mixed most of the projects he's been involved in for singer/songwriters and bands from all over Canada and the west coast of the US. including Fences, Rachael Cantu & The Be Good Tanyas. He has worked in all styles of music, from Folk to Metal to Electronic and continues to produce his own electronic music.
Gord graduated from the Advanced Music Production Program in 2013 and started as an IT helper at Nimbus in 2014. He has since entrenched himself as the tech guru of Nimbus and is now Manager of IT.
Jason Rouleau is a talent buyer & production manager, originally from Calgary AB. Jason is the booker for the Biltmore Cabaret and MRG Concerts and is their Vancouver promoter representative. He has previously worked for Union Events, Ticketmaster, Perryscope and more in a variety of roles, and has experience in artist & tour management, immigration, ticketing and more. Jason works in the Nimbus Music Business department, imparting his knowledge on web design, booking and promotions.
Jenn Barker has always had a passion for the arts and entertainment industry. Prior to joining the team at Nimbus as a Music Business instructors, Jenn spent many years working in the non-profit sector with such prestigious Vancouver festivals as the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Vancouver Storytelling Festival, the Vancouver Folk Festival and the Vancouver International Comedy Festival (for which she was the GM). Graduating from Capilano University with an Advanced Certificate in Arts & Entertainment Management, Jenn turned her attention to North America's independent music industry and launched her dynamic and exciting career by starting her own company, Your Operator Co. Offering the services and advice that artists and labels need to succeed, Jenn specializes in Independent artist and business management, fundraising and grant administration, international tour management and coordination (including work visas and taxes), project management and strategic business planning. Jenn has worked with a range of music industry clients including: Mint Records, Matador Records, Neko Case, Destroyer, The New Pornographers, The Pack a.d., Kathryn Calder, Carolyn Mark, and Shuyler Jansen. Jenn is the Senior Business Instructor at Nimbus.
Jenny has had a long career in the Private Training industry, advising and assisting students to realize their dreams. She believes that great things happen when Nimbus is able to align a student's learning with their career goals, and she spends a lot of time to learn and understand each student's interests. Jenny brings her own love of music to Nimbus, having trained as a classical pianist.
Jeremy has always loved music, and spent most of his youth touring with, and playing in, bands. Passionate about recording and the studio environment, he moved from the interior of BC to Vancouver in 2006 to attend audio school, where he graduated at the top of his class. As a student, Jeremy began interning at Hipposonic/Mushroom Studios part-time, ultimately working his way up to full-time assistant engineer and house engineer positions between 2006-2013. Jeremy has learned from the best in the business while assisting on high profile recording and mix sessions for artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss, Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas, K-OS, 54-40 and others. As a freelance and mixing engineer, Jeremy has worked with many artists and producers like Colin James, Ben Mink, Steve Bays, Matt Webb, and Kevin Maher.
Jesse graduated from the Advanced Audio Engineering and Studio Production Program in 2017 and joined the tech team shortly afterwards.
Joe Ponting hails from the UK. He started as a DJ and established himself as an electronic music producer. Joe graduated from the Nimbus Advanced Music Production Program in 2016 and brought his talents back in a TA and instructing role beginning in 2017.
John Sawa describes his relationship with audio in three words: Living The Dream! John's career as a Sound Editor, Designer, Engineer, Recordist, and Educator spans over 18 years. He works with a global clientele providing audio production for feature films, TV, radio, video games, web content, video production, and live theatre. John has received nominations for the Emmyâs, Golden Reels, Leos and AMPIAs to name a few accolades, but some of the most satisfying work comes from sharing his experience and helping up and coming audio professionals make their dreams come true.
Jon graduated from the Electronic Music Production Program in 2018 and joined the Admin team at Nimbus shortly after. Jon is the concierge, front desk, helpful first face you'll meet when you come to our house. Jon is a producer and a songwriter, as well as a super friendly guy!
Karl Dicaire is an audio engineer's engineer; he has a work ethic second to none. Karl isn't happy until everything is just right. He shares that love and dedication with Nimbus students in his role as teaching assistant. Karl recently worked on the Big Wreck record "Grace Street" which was nominated for the JUNO award for Best Rock Album.
Kentya graduated from the Advanced Music Production Program in 2016. Kentya hails from Saskatchewan and is the voice of the very cool band Stella Soul. Kentya divides her time between her musical career and the Admissions office at Nimbus, where she shares her love of all things music and Nimbus with just about anyone who'll listen!
Kevin graduated from the Advanced Audio Engineering Diploma program in 2016. He joined the Nimbus tech team in mid-2017.
Kieran graduated from the Post and Game Audio Production program in 2014. Kieran went on to work as a Sound Designer and continues in that role when not teaching at Nimbus.
Larisa graduated from the Advanced Music Business Program in early 2016 and joined the NImbus team as a teaching assistant in 2018.
Mangal is the guy overseeing all the nooks and crannies at Nimbus, keeping the place fresh, looking good and running smoothly.
Mike Schroeder is the CEO of the Nimbus School of Recording & Media. With a background in nonprofit management and nonprofit software management, during a 9 year span, Mike served as the Administrator for an international relief organization. Under Mike's leadership, the company helped its clients raise over 3 billion dollars. Since January 2012, Mike has served with Nimbus first as a management consultant, then as the COO since June 2012, and as of May 2013 has served as CEO. His unique background in technology, governance and non-profit, coupled with his passion for music and education, has resulted in a commitment to developing, supporting, and championing Canada's music scene.
An award winning music producer & engineer first, Mike Southworth began working on music videos in 2007, initially just for his studio clients and personal projects. The quality and success of those videos attracted more clients and soon Mike was splitting his time between music production and film with his company, Collide Entertainment Inc. A strong believer that the most important element in a music video is a good concept, Mike's videos are always imaginative, unique and entertaining. Mike's videos have received rotation play on MuchMusic and MTV and over 6 million views on YouTube. He received the 2014 WCMA award for best Director/Music Video but even more impressively, Mike directed 3 of the 5 videos nominated that year! He was also nominated for the award in 2015 and had 4 videos in the Prism Prize long list. Mike has directed over 60 music videos for artists like Dominique Fricot, David Morin, Hilary Grist, The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, The Matinee, Eliza Smith, Miss Quincy, Dawn Pemberton, Peter James and many more. He is now delving into commercials and has directed and filmed commercials for Chevy, MyPakage, Variety Club, UNICEF, LEDCOR, Access to Music, Qualcom and others.
Nick has been a mainstay in the Nimbus tech department since 2010. He's seen it all and has the stories to tell. Nick now splits his role and is sharing his experience with students as a Teaching Assistant.
Noah has been an instructor in the Live Sound department since 2016.
As Campus Director, Rob oversees the delivery of the Nimbus programs, from all angles - curriculum, instruction, attendance, grades, facilities and gear. But Rob is also a talented audio engineer in his own right. He has had a long and successful career at the Armoury Studios and has worked on a long list of world class recordings and with an impressive roster of international talent. With his calm demeanour, Rob gets it done without ever seeming to break a sweat!
Roger is a multi-talented engineer, and music producer and has received multiple awards for his work. He's worked with artists Swollen Members, k-os, Madchild, Buck 65, to name just a few.
Sean graduated from the Intro to Audio Engineering Program in 2016. Sean is a talented multi-instrumentalist, composer and was recently nominated for a BreakOut West award in the category of Visual Media Composer! Sean is busy with composing for film and commercials and spends a chunk of his time as an Admissions Associate, sharing his knowledge of Nimbus and the music industry.
Swann Barrat has always been passionate about live music and at age 16 Swann decided to become a sound engineer. After graduating from an electrical engineering program at Institut Universitaire de Technologie in Poitiers, France, Swann moved to Vancouver and studied Audio Engineering and Production at the Pacific Audio Visual Institute. A freelance sound technician, Swann has worked at most Vancouver venues, including 5 years as the head technician at the Biltmore Cabaret. As both a tour manager and a front of house technician, she has toured all over North America and Europe with Blind Pilot, Hannah Georgas, The Belle Game and The Pack AD.
Tamara Adilman, a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice in Vancouver, designed the Nimbus psychology course Don't Push My Buttons and has been teaching it since the school opened its doors in 2009. Her course at Nimbus is a highly practical one in which all students learn the essential skills needed to communicate in the studio, the workplace and in life. Tamara has been teaching communication skills, conflict resolution and self esteem building for many years in Vancouver. When she is not providing therapy services or teaching at Nimbus Tamara tries to see as many live shows as she can! Ever since she can remember, music has been a main focus in her daily life. Her passion for teaching, psychology and music come together for her at Nimbus and she finds that endlessly inspiring.
Tim graduated from the Advanced Music Production program in 2013 and has been a tech at Nimbus ever since. Tim has continued to grow and flourish in his music career, and now shares that knowledge and experience with students in his role as teaching assistant.
Travis graduated from Advanced Music Production in 2014. A serious rocker, Travis has fronted several bands as well as his own solo career. He's an engineer and producer, and somewhere in there he finds time to manage student financing!
Warren works diligently, day in and day out, keeping the lights on.