michaël verton / founder & managing director
The founder of Music Production Academy. Michael’s idea of establishing a unique educational platform and music production centre began in 2012. At that time he was combining his study in marketing communication with music production. Michaël, a self-taught guitar player, began making his own tracks when still a teenager.
His music evolved from just vocals and guitar to atmospheric electronic productions, in time developing his characteristic style. Now he combines running MPA with making music at the jam sessions and working towards his own first official releases.
- Business to business
- Teacher applications
- On location
- Dream job
- Making music with friends
- Seeing ideas become reality
- Hanging out with the girlfriend & family
marijn / course instructor & studio manager
With dreads that show both patience and a lifestyle, our studio manager had decided a long time ago that he wanted to become one of the world’s best audio engineers. Now he is passing on that knowledge to our students in the MPA Full Course. As an audio engineer student, Marijn graduated with honors after which he had an internship at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. Besides his passion for the DAW Logic, Marijn has a great love for the reggae culture, his dreads and favourite form of transportation: his longboard.
- Reggae music & culture
- Vinyl records
- Longboarding without rain
- Making beats
- Sharing quality time with the homies
didier / course manager & instructor
As Course Manager at MPA and composer for a wide range of projects such as commercials, comedy shows and art expositions, Didier is a compositional and technical jack of all trades. Besides composing, he frequently works as an audio engineer for DJ’s and bands. Knowing exactly which frequency band needs a 2 dB dip. His electronic music shows his profound love for pop music. Locking himself up with hip hop artists and vocalists in his spare time, you can be sure to hear more of Didier’s music very soon. In 2017 he hopes to finish his study at the HKU as Bachelor in music.
- Cottage cheese with muesli, kiwi and blueberries
- Quality samples
- Driving a convertible in the sunshine
- Progression of students
- Making music with friends
beau zwart / dj & music production instructor
After playing classical piano in his younger years, Beau decided he would rather be Beau Zwart than Mozart. This resulted in weekly appearances as a DJ in clubs in Rotterdam. Beau works as DJ Instructor at MPA and also teaches private lessons in Ableton, Logic, and in creating live sets. He is also a regular host at the MPA jam sessions and gives several master classes per year, He then not only discusses over his productions with students, but also produces tracks on the spot.
- A blond girl that keeps you in bed
- Producing music, forgetting time, waking up with a new album
- Performing as a DJ and forgetting it’s actually work
- Improvising on the piano, preferably during three straight days
- Pizza, Party & Passion to Production
jeroen blom / hardstyle course instructor
Jeroen has played a significant part in the development of our studio and has years of experience in making and teaching hardstyle. His thirst for knowledge has often made him seclude himself in search for solutions and better results. This quality is showing in his classes and his own productions, which he makes with Presonus Studio One and Cubase. Besides these DAW’s, Jeroen loves his precious the Virus TI 2 and can talk for hours about music production, hardstyle and DJ’ing.
sjoerd huisson / full course & producer clinics instructor
Starting at MPA as the teacher of the Producer Clinics, Sjoerd is now also one of the Full Course instructors. As an artist, Sjoerd has released music on labels such as Armada, Monstercat and Heroic, and played on stages such as Dance Valley, Escape (Amsterdam), Air (Amsterdam), and Paard van Troje (The Hague). He has become one of the elite students at the Music Production course at the Dutch Academy for Music in Rotterdam. Currently Sjoerd is working on a new project called ‘Jack by the Hedge’. Besides continuously working on his own music, his goal at MPA is to pass on his knowledge how to get the best results in producing electronic music.
- Helping students in their music genre
- Coming up with weird chord progressions
- A good jam session
- Electronic music
- Collecting vinyl
- A nice studio setup
richard in 't veld / full course & maschine course instructor
Long time DJ and producer Richard in ‘t Veld is known for various styles, symbolizing his experience in producing music. One of his specialties is definitely teaching, which he does at MPA in the Maschine Course. In both his musical journey as in teaching, the development of an own style and thinking in possibilities has always Richard’s trademark. It has releases on various labels and under several artist names. With Near Earth Object being the latest alter ego, Richard also teaches in the techno genre, Ableton Push and of course private classes in Maschine.
- Long DJ sets
- Making music, alone or with friends
- Endless summer nights
- Crate digging until you find that one great sample
- New technical developments
banchi van de laarschot / office manager
Being the silent force of MPA, Banchi manages the office team and works on marketing and communication. Working with the crew on a daily basis, hiring and supervising interns and being the voice of MPA both inside and outside of our studios are a few of her contributions to the growth of MPA.
Banchi is a true hip-hop lover, has a talent for unexpected accents and will always welcome you at MPA with a smile and characteristic hospitality.
- Office manager
- Marketing & communications
- Team management
- British series
- Sound system culture
- Southeast Asian cuisine
- Adventures with friends
- Reading books, blogs, wiki’s and Reddit for hours
yussuf severs / finance manager
After finishing his internship as a finance administrator, Yussuf stayed with MPA. Combining his knowledge and skills in finance with a deep love for electronic music production, he quickly became an important part of the team both in the office and in the studio at our Open Jam sessions.
Yussuf is currently in the process of graduating in business economics. In the future, he will try to combine the work in his own financial advice company with his recreational time, when hardware synthesizers and analogue drum computers probably surround him.
- Finance Manager
- Open Jam session host
- A great number of synthesizers
- FC Den Haag
- Snowboarding & kite surfing