College of William and Mary, Swem Library Media Center, Williamsburg, VA
https://wmglobalfilmfestival.com/workshops/ 1:00 PM – WHAT IT MEANS TO MAKE MUSIC YOUR LIFE WITH TONALTHEORY Marissa Benecke ’15, Kyung Rae Kim ’15, Andrew Kopca ’15, Jonathan Lim ’00 DC-based electronic music artists will discuss how to navigate a competitive landscape of underground dance music. Other discussions will include work-life balance, music production, and event curation.
Each artist will dive into their musical backgrounds and discuss how they started, progressed, and impacted the DC underground dance music scene. The discussion includes music production techniques, record labels and music releases, and a Q&A session.
ABOUT ANDREW KOPCA ’15 Andrew Kopca aka Chairman is an up and coming DJ & Producer based in Washington DC. Music has been an important part of his life since he took up the violin at an early age. Classically trained, he infuses a wide variety of melody and harmonies in his music, all while maintaining a booming bassline and irresistible groove. Chairman’s tracks dance the line between progressive and melodic techno.
ABOUT JONATHAN LIM ’00 Keyboard player, producer, and DJ who comprises one-half of the synthwave duo, Velocity 128. His music focuses on creating melodic tracks influenced by new wave, alternative rock, and electronic music from the 1980s and 90s with current production techniques. Previously, as a keyboard player and co-songwriter for the electronic rock band, 23RAINYDAYS, Jonathan Lim toured across the United States and received media attention in 2009 when MTV selected the band as a Top 3 Breakout Artist.
ABOUT MARISSA BENECKE ’15 & KYUNG RAE KIM ’15 Techno DJ/Producers from Washington D.C. Marissa and Rae have been hard at work, playing everywhere from clubs to warehouses in the District as Synthesis Residents. Their sets have always been signified by bending boundaries between hard-hitting industrial techno elements and mesmerizing synths and atmospheric melodies. They have played support for some of the biggest names in the industry of both techno and trance alike including Alan Fitzpatrick, Nicole Moudaber, Green Velvet, Victor Calderone, John Askew, and Greg Downey. The duo also hosts a regular radio show once a month on ascension.fm (Undertone Radio), and hosts monthly parties for up and coming talent of underground music as Decibel Collective. Their latest release Distorted Mind EP on ROAMANCE has been featured on Washington Post in December, 2019.