Alumni News – September 2020
Akeel Henry, a gold-certified music producer and a graduate of Metalworks Institute's Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program, co-produced the title track for R&B icon Toni Braxton's brand new album alongside Grammy-Award winning producer Antonio Dixon!
The R&B icon's new album "Spell My Name" is being received very positively by critics with Variety describing it as "possibly her strongest album since her halcyon period in the mid-to-late '90's."
The magazine goes on to compliment the production of the album, telling readers "she [Toni Braxton] and her collaborators have succeeded in deftly meshing her signature minor-key R&B sound with production and vocal arrangements that keep things classy but contemporary...It's expensive sounding, with a stellar cast of collaborators and dramatic orchestrations."
Be sure to listen to "Spell My Name" wherever you get your music.
Tim Oxford, a graduate of Metalworks Institute's Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program, is the drummer for the Juno Award-winning band Arkells and they have just released a new album "Campfire Chords". The new album features a stripped-down compilation of Arkells' most beloved songs which perfectly capture the singer-songwriter spirit that has long informed their trademark singalongs.
Hailed by The Globe and Mail as “the right kind of band for this decade,” Arkells are widely considered one of the most passionate, exuberant and in-demand live bands working today. They officially debuted "Campfire Chords" on Saturday, September 5th as part of the Budweiser Stage At Home series and it was the perfect send-off to summer. Be sure to add "Campfire Chords" to your fall playlists.
Matt Mudde is a highly experienced live-events specialist and a graduate of Metalworks Institute's Entertainment Business Management Diploma Program. As a Production Manager, Matt has taken the lead on numerous large-scale festivals and shows.
Recently, Matt was one of the Production Managers responsible for creating the immersive 360° drive in stage for the "Vibin' Drive In" concert headlined by Adventure Club. It's inspiring to see our graduates implementing new and innovative technologies and techniques to bring concerts to life!