Dan Welby – Drums / Owner
Dan moved to Los Angeles from Massachusetts in 1999 to attend Musicians Institute, where he studied percussion. After graduating from MI, Dan started teaching and building a solid student base throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. He has enjoyed a solid schedule with an average of 40 students per week for the last 12 years.
Dan’s drumming career began back in 1992, where he was playing music with friends and studying with the local drum teacher. Since moving to Los Angeles Dan has been a part of several bands and projects. He has played live shows throughout the United States while on tour, has been involved in many music videos and has also been involved in many professional recording sessions with top notch producers in Hollywood.
Dan is currently the drummer for: Electra, Time And The Dragon, and Colin Reid. His past bands include: Hostile Groove, Hell Hath No Fury, Time Out, Damn Hippie Freaks, and Black Moon Dog.
Electra Barakos – Voice / Piano / Owner
Electra Barakos was born in Los Angeles California, but raised in Athens, Greece. Influenced by her father who is a professional Bass player, Electra started her music career from a very early age. She started playing piano when she was 6 years old, wrote her first song and recorded it when she was 8, was involved in a professional children’s choir in Greece, performed for the Greek Prime Minister, and attended a Performing arts high school in Athens. After graduating she returned to Los Angeles to continue her music studies and to pursue a music career.
Today Electra holds a Bachelors degree in Music – Opera, and is the lead singer/co-songwriter of her original rock pop band. With her original Rock – Pop, self titled ELECTRA, they have opened up for some amazing artists such as Lita Ford, Berlin, Missing Persons, Great White, Jared Lee, Dilana, and was part of the 2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival along with Smashing Pumpkins, Slash, Neon Trees, and more, and the 2011 SSMF along with Motley Crue, Public Enemy, Bush and more. They have released an Ep “Problem Child” and their debut full length album “These Times” was released in 2015. On the album “These Times” they worked with world renowned producer Mike Plotnikoff (Papa Roach, Kelly Clarkson, Halestorm), and the album includes the song “I Can’t Breathe”, which features Phil X of Bon Jovi, on guitar and bouzouki.
Aside from sharing the stage with famous artists, and being a working session vocalist, Electra is also known for being a finalist on The Voice of Greece, Season 2.
Electra has been teaching voice for over 10 years and is a certified Vocal Power Instructor. In 2016, she earned the title of Director of Vocal Power Academy, Los Angeles, founded by Elisabeth Howard. She has helped her students get on television singing competitions, accepted in prestigious music schools, and get signed to major record labels. As her students have stated “Electra works MAGIC! She helps you find your voice! A voice you never thought you had!!”
Darren McGuire – Bass / Guitar / Ukelele / Piano / Sax
“And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love…you make.” When your parents met working together at a record shop in the ‘70s, it’s kind of hard to avoid being indoctrinated with music and eventually taking it on as a career. The Beatles, The Police/Sting, Led Zeppelin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Pink Floyd and other similar artists became the aural fabric of my life. I was filled with music from day 1; it got in me, it’s still there and it’s never going away.
From those humble beginnings in Allentown, Pennsylvania, it led me to live in places such as Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles, where I’ve been based since 2010. It has influenced every decision in my life. I’ve been fortunate enough to tour all over the United States, and perform on cruise ships internationally, all while playing just about every style/genre of music you can imagine. I may have come up with rock, but jazz, Latin, R&B, soul, gospel, reggae, hip hop, country, classical and even musical theatre have all had a major influence on me. I’ve recorded multiple instruments on a multitude of albums. 7 different instruments to be exact, but my biggest love, the bass, is the instrument I have logged most of my work on.
However, my two most favorite things to do in music are write, and teach. Why? Because I get to utilize the vast knowledge I’ve gained along the way. I received my bachelor’s degree in Bass Performance from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2013, receiving the Outstanding Student Award. I learned much about writing songs, music theory, and the business of music. So why not share? Music is fun, it is inspiring, and it is moving. It’s sewn into the fabric of our lives. It tells our stories, and mine is no exception. As a musician, I feel it is my duty to share what I know and pass on the great tradition of music, so that it may live on with us.
Aubrey Buchanan – Vocals / Piano
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Aubrey grew up with the music industry in her living room. It seemed obvious that she would eventually pursue a career within it. Aubrey began singing on sessions for her father as a child. Her first session was singing with a small group of children on Bryan Duncan’s album “Christmas Is Jesus” when she was 9. From that moment on she was hooked, and never looked back. She has since gone on to sing for films, such as August Rush, as well as background vocals for major artists, such as Justin Timberlake, and Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, Glee). In addition to working as a session singer in Los Angeles, she currently sings with the Metropolitan Master Chorale, Top Shelf Vocal (2017 Harmony Sweepstakes Regional Champions), and the Los Angeles based funk/soul/R&B band The Deep Cuts.
Aubrey attended the Musicians Institute and graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance and technique. She has been teaching voice, and piano for over a decade, and has extensive knowledge in vocal anatomy, technique, placement, breathing, and all genres/vocal styles. She is dedicated to helping all of her students reach their full potential, and has experience teaching students of all ages, and skill levels.
Maryam Mirbagheri – Vocals / Guitar / Piano / Songwriting
Aaron Shadrow – Music Production
Aaron Shadrow began his musical endeavors as a drummer at age 9. He quickly fell in love with music, and soon after took on guitar, bass, and piano. He has played in countless bands of different genres and instruments, including; drums in a jazz combo, lead guitar in an indie rock band, keyboards in a pop band, and many more.
Aaron tested out of high school early to achieve a degree in Music Production from the Los Angeles Recording School. While instrumentation is still a huge focus on his life, his main daily workload relies heavily on the usage of DAW (Digital Audio Workspace) production (specifically Pro Tools and Ableton).
Aaron is actively excited and eager to engage other musicians in their musical quest. While he is ready and able to teach beginner/intermediate lessons on drums, guitar, bass, and piano, he sees first-hand that the music industry has drastically changed, and that any musician who wants to make a living off of their craft must have a basic-advanced knowledge of DAW production. Ask us about signing up for production lessons in Pro Tools and/or Ableton. Hybrid lessons are also highly encouraged (instrument of choice/DAW production).