Limited to 35 Participants

Autumn Cycle Start : 30th September 2020 -- SOLD OUT --

  • 10 x 90 minute group sessions taking place every week

  • Interactive live video format, including demonstrations, exercises and discussions

  • Exploring a different topic every week, from both practical and philosophical perspective

  • Every session concludes with a Q&A and opportunity for participation

Mentorship Schedule

  • 1


    • Online Mentorship Programme: Introduction/ Meet&Greet [30th September; 18:00 CET]

      • During the introduction session you will get the opportunity to hear a little about the other participants, and introduce yourself. Sebastian will also go over some frameworks for the course.

      Frank will talk you through his studio set up, what decisions lead him to his current set up. Specific talk about several topics such as cabling, workflow, software and hardware and “real instruments” and acoustics.

      • Hardware set up, cabling and workflow
      • Software set up and configuration
      • Analog synths, drum modules and drum machines
      • Effect units and Pedals
      • Hardware vs. Software
      • Preamps and Converters
      • “Real“ instruments
      • Some thoughts about monitors and acoustics

      Erika will introduce the course and platform, share with you her experience and background, and discuss the concept of making live music.

      • Welcome!
      • Housekeeping
      • What is playing live?
      • From pure improve to live playback
      • Alone or together?
      • Content that isn’t music
  • 2

    Session 1 - Improvisation

    • Session 1 Description

    • LIVE - Group session [7th October; 18:00 CET] - Improvisation

    • Your Feedback: Session 1

    • Improvisation as the core of Sebastian's approach to music, a philosophical introduction to the concept and its importance to tapping into your creativity.

      We look at improvisation & creativity as something innate within human nature:

      • Improvisation is to listen; what is listening?
      • Sebastian's approach to improvisation
      • Similarities between improvisation and meditation.
      • Improvisation; the creative expression
      • Improvisation; openness and awareness
      • The importance of improvisation - healing and acceptance
      • Different improvisation exercises
      • Improvisation with Circle of Live
      • Let improvisation flow into your general life; Is improvisation our natural expression?

      Frank will discuss the different mechanisms (pre-sets, tools, tricks) that he uses to help him improvise, capture valuable moments, condense the material, arrange his ideas, and finishing a song.

      • How to start creating a song
      • How to start a remix
      • Some tricks I use
      • Finding ideas through experimenting
      • Recording a good signal
      • Jamming in the studio
      • Sequencing

      During these 3 gear sessions, Erika will walk you through her setup, discuss the roles that different machines play, and show how they work together. She will also address options and ideas beyond her current build.

      • Sequencers
      • Live playing & Looping
      • Drum machines
      • Synthesizers
      • Effects
      • Samplers
  • 3

    Session 2 - Collaborations

    • Session 2 Description

    • LIVE - Group session [14th October; 18:00 CET] - Collaborations

    • Your Feedback: Session 2

    • The topic of improvisation naturally leads to the idea of collaborations, their role in the creative process (and of improvisation), listening and paying attention to other artists.

      • Improvising alone vs with others 
      • Openness / inspire & get inspired 
      • Different collaborations / unlocking different things. 
      • Invite / sharing your ideas
      • Temporary roles 
      • Listen 
      • Non violent communication 

      In the first session of the second week. Frank will lead you through his live-set-up. When you have watched this video, he will go into further details on the set-up, introduce you to his workflow on stage and answer further questions you may have.

      • Planning a live set and initial thoughts
      • What equipment I use and why I choose it
      • Bringing your own gear vs. renting
      • Centerpieces: Computer and Mixing desk
      • My workflow on stage
      • About travelling with gear

      In the second gear session, Erika will show you what you need besides your instruments to make your setup work the way you want it to, and talk about the many practicalities of live setups.

      • MIDI and control voltage
      • Mixers
      • Cables
      • Your Phone
      • Electricity
  • 4

    Session 3 - Nature & Meditation

    • Session 3 Description

    • LIVE - Group session [21st October; 18:00 CET] - Nature & Meditation

    • Your Feedback: Session 3

    • Discover how reconnecting with nature and meditation can be used as tools to unlock your own creativity.


      • Different meditation techniques and exercises. 
      • Daily practice / retreat 
      • Meditation -  non state 
      • Reminding, not teaching. presence is not something you learn, it's you! 


      • The natural expression of the wild 
      • Just be in nature, no activity. 
      • Different exercises in nature. 

      In the second part of Frank’s introduction to his live-set, he will share more of his experiences on stage. He will give you background information on his approaches and solving issues on stage

      • Song selection
      • How i create a live version of a song
      • Jamming and improvisation
      • Reacting on problems, dropouts etc
      • Attaching to the room and audience
      • Respecting the people playing with you

      In the second gear session, Erika will show you what you need besides your instruments to make your setup work the way you want it to, and talk about the many practicalities of live setups.

      • Including a laptop
      • What goes with a laptop
      • Making choices about your gear
      • Setting up your studio for live
      • My home-live set up
  • 5

    Session 4 - Studio Set Up

    • Session 4 Description

    • LIVE - Group session [4th November; 18:00 CET] - Studio set up

    • Your Feedback: Session 4

    • Sebastian will talk through his studio set up, what decisions lead him to his current set up and his advice. Specific talk about several topics such as Software, Hardware, Soundcards etc. 

      • Software set up and configuration
      • Hardware configuration
      • Soundcards
      • Tape Machine (and why would you consider using it?)
      • Midi controllers / control surface 
      • Loopers
      • Issues of noise and hum, how to avoid and how to live with it
      • Stomp boxes and pedal trains
      • Cables 
      • Sequencers 

      Touring as a solo-act is one part of Frank. However the integral part of collaboration has been present and vital to Frank also before his electronic music career. He will introduce to the different forms and aspects of his collaborations and how you can grow / develop through these team efforts.

      • Opening up for making music with others
      • Improvising
      • Sharing
      • The importance of listening
      • Studio collaborations
      • Collaborations on stage
      • About touring with a band

      Erika will talk about her creative process, which begins with live jamming, and show you some techniques and ideas for writing music that will ultimately become part of your live performance.

      • Live creative process vs studio creative process
      • What is jamming?
      • Jamming ideas
      • Listening
      • Technical & creative goals
      • Saving as you go (or not)
  • 6

    Session 5 - Finding Creativity In The Studio

    • Session 5 Description

    • LIVE - Group session [11th November; 18:00 CET] - Finding creativity in the studio

    • Your Feedback: Session 5

    • With improvisation as a technical aspect, Sebastian will discuss the different mechanisms (pre-sets, tools, tricks) that he uses to help him maintain a clear mind and therefore more open to the flow of creativity.

      • Express and write without a specific purpose
      • What is your intention with making music? Allow that intension, don’t work against it
      • Meditation as a tool, why does it help your studio work? 
      • Spend time with an instrument without recording, just for the pleasure of playing/feeling music. 
      • Different angles to approach the expression. Layering / free improvisation / arranging / looping / 
      • Use your feelings as a starting point
      • Define your temporary frame and express from that
      • Accept yourself, honour yourself, allow all feelings also the ones that are harder to accept

      In this last episode Frank will give you an insight of how his story went so far. Here you will learn about his thoughts on communicating and relations, mistakes and decisions.

      • Building a team
      • Travelling
      • Treating people
      • My way
      • Motivation and goals
      • My way / your way
      • Mapping 
      • Push & Midi looping 

      Molding jams into a solid live performance requires both intention and organization. Erika will show you the tools and techniques she's developed for turning sounds and sequences into a set that flows well.

      • Define your intention
      • Organise your music and ideas
      • Refine your technical approach
      • Creting notes and /or a set list
      • Being mentally prepared
  • 7

    Session 6 - Playing Live / My Live Setup - Software

    • Session 6 Description

    • LIVE- Group Session [18th November; 18:00 CET] - Sebastian's live set up/ Software

    • Your Feedback: Session 6

    • Sebastian will talk you through the various software programmes he uses, plugins and software synths (and why).

      • Computer 
      • Ableton
      • What software synths and plug ins
      • Soundcard
      • Midi controllers & control surfaces 
      • My template 
      • Mapping 
      • Push & Midi looping 

      Practicing is how you grow from being capable to being excellent. Becoming ready to perform at a gig is about practicing more than just your music. Erika will discuss many methods of practicing to become ready for the stage.

      • What is practice?
      • Practicing your set
      • Recording yourself
      • Simulating the real world
      • What you can’t practice
      • Practicing set up and tear down
  • 8

    Session 7 - Playing Live / My Live Set Up - Hardware

    • Session 7 Description

    • LIVE- Group Session [25th November; 18:00 CET] - Sebastian's live set up/ Software

    • Your Feedback: Session 7

    • In this second module focusing on playing live, Sebastian will follow up on the topic by discussing the hardware aspect of his live set up and help you with any doubts or questions you may have to build your own.

      • Mixer
      • Synths
      • Drummachines 
      • Midi interface 
      • Midi keyboard 
      • Outboard effects 
      • Signal mergers 
      • Bags and travel recommendations (to protect your gear on the road)

      Leaving your house to give a live set requires packing and transportation, communicating with other people and entities, and taking care of your self and your equipment. This class draws heavily on Erika's experiences traveling around the world with too many flight cases.

      • Technical and hospitality riders
      • Packing: what to take, how to take it
      • Planes, trains and ground transport
      • Self-care
      • Insurance
  • 9

    Session 8 - Finding Creativity On Stage

    • Session 8 Description

    • LIVE - Group session [2nd December; 18:00 CET] - Finding creativity on stage

    • Your Feedback: Session 8

    • Sebastian will share his tricks about finding peace and presence on stage. These include pragmatic solutions to finding your creative flow, and a more holistic approach to touring (for e.g. monitoring and sleep).

      • Your live set up is your trampoline and your parachute
      • Your presence is your inner trampoline and parachute
      • What are your intentions for playing live? Recognise them and honour them. 
      • Do it! Learn by doing and accepting ”failure”  

      Practical things to think about: 

      • Technical rider and advancing
      • Monitoring 
      • Renting equipment VS bring everything yourself
      • Pre-connected vs connect on sound check 
      • Having a tour manager (or do I need one?)
      • Cases, bags etc. 
      • Rest & meditation 

      The act of giving a live performance is touched by many aspects of the music business, well beyond the most basic transaction of getting paid for a performance. Erika will talk you through bookings, promoters, record labels, royalties, and promotion.

      • Getting gigs
      • When your music is business
      • Support for your career
      • Performance rights and publishing
      • Social media and community building
      • Releasing your music
      • Streaming
  • 10

    Session 9 - Live Looping & Preparing Live Sketches

    • Session 9 Description

    • LIVE - Group session [9th December; 18:00 CET] - Live Looping and Sketches

    • Your Feedback: Session 9

    • Sebastian uses freestyle live looping as well as prepared sketches, both when he plays live and when he improvises in the studio. This episode gives a deeper insight into these two approaches and in what way you can combine them for better creative flow.


      • Looping / improvisation / meditation 
      • Looping in the studio 
      • Boss RC-505 
      • Midi looping with Push 
      • Duo Looping 


      • Sketches built on 12 sounds
      • How to record sketches from scratch 
      • How to make a sketch from an existing song/track of your own 

      And finally, Erika will talk through what happens at an actual live show! Learn what to expect on the day of a performance, including every last possible thing that could go wrong.

      • Leading up to your show
      • The day of your show
      • Set up and sound check
      • Performing
      • Teardown
      • Recording your set
      • After your show
  • 11

    Session 10 - The Importance Of Building The Right Team

    • Session 10 Description

    • LIVE - Group session [16th December; 18:00 CET] - Building the right team

    • Your Feedback: Session 10

    • As a final chapter, we will look at the misconception there is around having a team for underground electronic music artists. The importance of finding the right people to work with, who share your values and can cultivate their knowledge to bring your creative ideas to fruition.

      • Working with a team VS doing everything yourself 
      • Your voice and intentions 
      • Allowing a creative flow within the team 
      • Establish ways of communication / Non Violent communication 
      • Manager 
      • Booking Agent / Subagent 
      • Record Label 
      • Publicist / Press agent 
      • Social media manager 
      • Tour manager

Starting September 30th

Every Wednesday at 6pm CET

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  • Will you be sharing the session recordings with participants?

    No, we are not sending recordings to participants after the sessions. The intention is to practice presence, and experience the course in the moment, focusing on improvisation and real-time feedback. One-on-one sessions will be recorded however and shared.

  • What if I cannot make it to a session?

    This can happen, such as in real life things sometimes come up. We look at this case by case, if someone has considerable changes in their schedule and is absent to more than 1-2 sessions then we speak directly to the student about the possibilities.

  • Is the course in English?

    Yes, the course is in English.

  • What do I need to set up for the course?

    The sessions are hosted on Zoom. Once you have signed up to the course it will appear in your student dashboard, there you can access the links every week. You do not need to have a Zoom account to access this link on your browser, however to use it on Desktop you will need to create an account (free).