Meet the team.

Dance Music Production are one of the leading educational websites for electronic dance musicians of all skill levels. Alongside our studios (Altar) we’ve been educating producers since 2003. Read more about our team here.

Rick Snoman

Founder | Altar Recording Studios | Logic Pro X Trainer | Ph.D

Rick is an award winning author, producer and remixer.

An iTunes certified mastering engineer with a Ph.D in audio technology, he has close to 30 years experience working in both private and commercial studios world-wide. Specialising in electronic dance music, he has remixed numerous artists under various guises and released music under names such as Phiadra, Aeon Soul and Red5. His ghost production work for international DJ’s have earned millions of views on YouTube and his recording studios – Altar (based in a converted church) – regularly ghost produces, engineers and masters music for a variety of electronic dance music artists signed to Armada, Spinnin’ Records, Hospital Records,  Anjunabeats, Anjunadeep, Future Sound of Egypt, Mau5trap, ToolRoom, Warner and Polydor.

His textbook, the Dance Music Manual (first published in 2004 via Focal Press), has won awards, critical acclaim and accolade across the electronic music industry. Translated in five languages, it is recognised as the industry standard textbook and was shortlisted as “outstanding book of the year 2019”. It is required or recommend reading at many international educational institutions across the globe including Harvard, Yale and Cambridge.

Rick is also co-chair of Electronic Dance Music for the Audio Engineering Society, a member of the A.E.S Education Committee, and curated the Audio Engineering Society’s first ever EDM event in 2021. He regularly talks at colleges, universities and at A.E.S conventions worldwide, was keynote speaker on EDM at NAMM 2020, and DJ for the After Party Tec Awards in L.A (2020).

Alex “Hobbitses”

Founder | Altar Recording Studios | Mix Engineer | BSc

Alexandra is co-owner of Dance Music Production and co-founder of Altar Recording Studios, the worlds first recording studio dedicated to electronic musicians.

A qualified and practicing Audiologist with over 18 years experience, she specialises as a tinnitus retraining therapist for music professionals, advising on hearing protection and hearing loss.

Alex is on both the education and historical committee, and co-chair of Electronic Dance Music for the Audio Engineering Society. She presented at A.E.S Dublin 2019 alongside Rick about developing educational standards to ensure accurate and appropriate training for all EDM producers.

Alex also contributed to the internationally published Dance Music Manual 4th edition written by Rick Snoman, as well as acting as artist manager for Rick she is also currently training as a mix engineer. 

Her nickname is because she’s only small, not because she has furry feet.

Tom 

Resident Ableton Trainer

Transmuting rhythmic glitches, sweeping strings, and existential lyrics, Tom is taking on a brash excursion into modern dance. Striking a balance between melancholy, emotional sequences and forward-thinking sound choices, his music has garnered the support from some of the worlds biggest DJs and dance music enthusiasts.

Breakout vocal track “Train to Nowhere” (feat. Mickey Shiloh) received a World Premiere on A State of Trance from Armin van Buuren, Grammy-nominated producer and a five-time #1 DJ in the world. As remixed by Photographer, “Train to Nowhere’” won the fan-polled “Future Favorite” by a landslide 47% — putting it in the Top 5 highest voted tracks on the show for 2017.

Support for Tom has come from all angles — including the mainstage regulars (Armin van Buuren, Blasterjaxx, APEK), core dance blogs (YourEDM, ThisSongSlaps), and underground tastemakers (Sean Tyas, John Askew, Photographer, Greg Downey). A trained engineer, he is among a maturing class of new-school dance producers — bringing both emotional depth and raw passion into the crosshairs of every production.

Joachim

Resident Cubase Trainer

Joaquin Ace is originally from South Africa, but currently living in the USA where he spends his daily life, in addition to music production, as a scientist (but doesn’t play one on TV).

A signed artist (Hard House) he enjoys listening to a wide variety of music, including AC/DC, Metallica, White Zombie, Collective Soul, Offspring, Trancemaster CD’s and trance/techno vinyl recordings from the 90’s and early 2000’s.

He likes interacting with supporters. The word “followers” sounds too cult-like to him.

Want to contact/join the team?

We are always looking for ambitious, enthusiastic and entrepreuneurial people to join our team. If this sounds like you, or you just want to contact one of our team – drop us a line.

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