Latest Alumni Tracks
SugarBeats (Luke Estes & Golden Toast)
1.Tell us about SugarBeats? How was it formed?
SugarBeats is a collaboration project between myself and Golden Toast, which has evolved from our roots collaborating on hip hop a few years back. We split ways when I moved to San Francisco to attend Pyramind, and came back together with new skill sets and fresh ideas. We’ve always had very different styles but work really well together, its the contrast between us that creates this unique style that comes from neither of us alone, its birthed in the space that divides us.
Where he drives more overt and explosive, I tend towards the subtle and ungraspable, and for that reason he creates the structure, base, and arrangement, while I tackle the hidden details that make a huge difference without one really noticing anything obvious happening behind the scenes. I imagine it may take most fresh listeners repeated plays to really grasp the complexities involved. The name came from my desire to create music that was before anything else fun, it’s like candy for your ears, its meant to catch you by surprise and delight you with a slightly off kilter charm, but contrasted with something hard you can get down to.
Shawn Minoux: Sound Designer at Blizzard Entertainment
Name: Shawn Minoux
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Specialty/Style: Creative Sound Design, Interactive Audio
Q1. What are you currently working on at Blizzart Ent.?
I work as a sound designer on the company’s audio team. Basically, I design sounds and implement them using commercial audio software and proprietary authoring tools. It’s exciting and challenging work that has proven to be quite rewarding and fun. I learn something new every day and truly love my job, my team, and the culture here at Blizzard.
Daniel Blum (Tumbleweed Wanderers)
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Name: Daniel Blum
Specialty/Style: Rock & Acoustic
Tools of Choice: Drums, Pro Tools & Tape
Years producing music/sound design pre-Pyramind Training: 7 years
1.Tell us what you’re doing with music and what projects you’re currently working on?
Currently my sole venture is playing with the Tumbleweed Wanderers. The majority of my time is spent playing drums, but as this band is very DIY I get to do a lot of things. I engineered and mixed our first two EP’s, helped write songs and horn arrangements for our full length, and continue to help and orchestrate new tunes. It’s more of a traditional approach to writing (pencil and paper, crazy) but one I will never let go of.