Alumni Update: Daniel Johnston, Professional Sound and Business – Studio Production Major
Graduated From: Professional Sound & Business Diploma (Studio Production Major) (2012)
Daniel Johnston graduated from Metalworks Institute’s Professional Sound and Business – Studio Production Major Program in August of 2012. Shortly after graduating, he moved back to his home town in Alberta and began interning at The Audio Department and Turnkey Studios. During his internships he began assisting the engineers at each studio and quickly began running sessions of his own, recording everything from full bands to rap artists to Native drum circles.
Last year Daniel launched his own website, Dangerous Tracks a full service audio production group dedicated to bringing top quality production, offering mixing, mastering and production services. He continues to work as an assistant engineer on sessions at The Audio Department and recently assisted on a recording/production workshop conducted by the legendary engineer/producer Joe Chiccarelli (Jason Mraz, Frank Zappa, U2, Etta James). Daniel also recently assisted prominent Toronto-based engineer/producer Brian Moncarz (Neverending White Lights, Moneen, Circa Survive), who is currently producing an EP for Edmonton band Stone Iris, runaway winners of Toronto’s Indie Week 2014. Daniel also works in the promotions department for Prestige Nightlife in Edmonton, representing numerous local concert venues including Edmonton’s Union Hall.
If Daniel had to give one piece of advice to prospective students, current students and fellow grads alike, it would be to never be satisfied and to continuously push yourself to be the best. Seek out and act on every opportunity you can find and always work on learning and getting better. Work with as many people from as many different backgrounds as you can and soak up every little bit of information.
Daniel can be found:
On Facebook as: Danny Danger
On Twitter as: @ThatDannyDanger
On LinkedIn as: Danny Johnston
He is always happy to collaborate or give some pointers to current or hopeful students on how to survive and thrive during the rigorous year (or two) at MWI.