Once again, we would like to thank all who applied for the 2018 API Saul Walker Memorial Scholarship. We received many excellent submissions from audio production students around the world and were impressed by the hard work and dedication demonstrated by each applicant. We'd like to take this opportunity to share a little more about this year's scholarship winners:
Michael Bevers currently attends Middle Tennessee State University where he is pursuing a MFA in Recording Arts and Technologies. Prior to attending MTSU, Michael earned a Bachelor's of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Denver, where he also began his formal audio training. Upon graduation, Michael was hired as the audio engineer for the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. Simultaneously, he interned at a local Denver recording studio, Hyperthreat Sound, and worked his way up to chief engineer. This summer Michael was hired as a Senior Recording Engineer for the Aspen Music Festival and School's 2018 season. When Michael returns to MTSU for his final year of the MFA program, he will be studying ambisonics and its applications for music production and recording.
Amir "Royale" Oliver is an artist/entrepreneur from Saint Albans, Queens. Outside of his acting and film pursuits, Amir is currently studying to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Recorded Music at New York University's Clive Davis Institute. As a solo hip-hop/R&B polymath, Amir has released several music projects on multiple platforms and is working towards building his own record label. Since his sophomore year of high school, Amir has steadily grown into stating his love for the world through audio engineering musical experiences for others. He hopes that all we create for the world as artists will help evolve and connect humanity tenfold. He also warmly thanks API and his fellow Saul Walker Memorial recipients for inviting him into a new place he'd like to call home.
Jack Russell is a freshman in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, studying Audio Engineering. He began recording and mixing at the age of 12 when he taught himself his first DAW. Through mentorship with Rick Andress and personal experience as a freelance audio engineer, he has excelled in recording everything from punk rock to jazz. With five commercially released albums and an Ohio Valley Emmy nomination under his belt, he plans on pursuing his passion as a mix engineer as a full-time career.
Santiago Salazar is an Ecuadorian Recording, Mixing and Mastering Engineer. He is also a Producer, Guitarist, Songwriter and Entrepreneur. In 2014, Santiago auditioned and was accepted to Berklee College of Music, where he has successfully strengthened his knowledge in the major of Music Production and Engineering, specializing in the fields of audio recording, mixing and mastering. He is also a Wadhams Music Production Scholarship recipient. During his career he has written and co-written dozens of songs, published six albums and established himself as a hardworking and multifaceted artist. Santiago has produced and engineered for many artists, some of his credits include: 3Vol, AJNA, Daivo, Florencia Rusiñol, Ori Setz, Calvet, Quiet Bright, Paulina Parga, and Radio Fantasma.