430 E South Temple C | SLC, UT 84111

Jake Combe - Instructor

Jake Combe
Ableton // Traktor // Logic // Mixing + Mastering
Jake is SLDP’s resident sound designer and clean bandit. With releases on many record labels and countless YouTube channel and blog features, his original sound and cutting edge flow has garnered over a million plays. Jake’s expertise lies in an in-depth understanding of sound, and he uses this knowledge inside Ableton Live, Fruity Loops, Logic, Reason and Pro Tools (Jake is also Pro Tools Certified). Having finished at the top of his class in the Audio Engineering program at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA, Jake is committed to originality and quality sound, focusing on not only electronic music but also recording arts, live sound, post-production, mixing and mastering.

Tyson Christman - Instructor
Tyson Christman
Ableton // FL Studio // Logic // Maschine // Mixing + Mastering // Sound Design
As a producer, sound designer and mixing engineer, Tyson is a great asset to the team. Having attendeded and excelled in SLDP’s Music Production, Mixing and Mastering program, he brings a unique understanding of the course material and an ability to connect and relate with students. Tyson’s deep understanding of the production process, unique sound design approach and creative mixing techniques are helping students turn good sounds into great tracks.

Cruz Martinez - Instructor
DJ Battleship (Cruz Martinez)
DJing // Serato // Traktor
When it comes to DJing, Cruz Martinez, also known as DJ Battleship, is the best Utah has to offer. As an open format scratch DJ and turntablist, his song selection and stage presence has enabled him to share the stage with some of the worlds biggest musical acts – among those, Schoolboy Q, Bone Thugs, Atmosphere, Aesop Rock and more. Battleship’s talent has received praise in many forms, including being nominated best DJ in Utah by City Weekly 4 years in a row, from 2012-2016, and a first place finish at the Utah Life Elevated DJ Battle in 2010.


Alexander Villianaire
Ableton // Traktor // Serato // Mixing + Mastering // Maschine
Alexander ranks among the most skilled and knowledgeable producer/performers you’ll ever meet. Using state of the art computers and controllers, he combines external music with original music, creating a live show that render’s him more fitting of the term ‘Electronic Performer’ than simply DJ. In addition to experience and natural talent, Alexander attended and graduated from Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Phoenix, AZ, receiving an extensive list of Certifications that endorse a deep education and understanding of Music Production, Sound and Audio Engineering.

Dereksen Beck - Instructor

Dereksen Beck
Ableton // Traktor // Serato // Fundamentals // Mixing + Mastering // Maschine
Derek has performed just about everywhere between North Idaho and Las Vegas, most notably at one of the most prominent night clubs in the world, Marquee Las Vegas. With an endless collection of music, and years of experience as a producer, his refreshingly original and energetic live shows are as close to a rock concert as you’ll get from a DJ. On the production side, Derek’s music is representing and promoting some of the biggest companies in the world, with past and current clients like Red Bull, Yamaha, Louisville Slugger, Polaris, Arctic Cat and many more.

James Graham - Instructor

James Graham
DJing // Traktor // Serato
James Graham, also know as DJ Lishus, is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and currently performs from Provo, as far North as Logan, and everywhere in between. He has performed in nearly every UT concert venue and night club, playing opening sets for Dillon Francis, Marcus Wing, DJ Panama, and C.C. Sheffield. James has also performed as the headliner at the Utah Urban Arts Festival 2012, Smash Bash 2012, and Victoria Secret Pink Party 2012, a plays every Saturday at Bogeys Night Club. DJ Lishus specializes in House and Dance music genres, but is a seasoned musical technician and navigator, and can mix anything the crowd wants to hear.