Guest Lecture: David Bottrill and Darcy Ataman

David Bottrill and Darcy Ataman speaking to students at Metalworks Institute

David Bottrill and Darcy Ataman

On Monday May 12th 2014, our students attended a special guest lecture with Darcy Ataman, Founder and CEO of Make Music Matter and multi GRAMMY-Award winning producer David Bottrill.

Earlier this year Make Music Matter announced the second round of their national talent search contest, My Song for Change, which focuses on the power of music to address the various challenges faced by many African nations. “The talent contest encourages musical self-expression, knowing that music has a powerful ability to heal, connect, transform, and enrich lives.” This year the winning song will be developed into a music video and professionally recorded at Metalworks Studios with artist Sam Roberts and David Bottrill. Darcy Ataman discussed of the details of his powerful experiences in Africa and his passion for raising awareness of the pressing issues in the developing world.

David Bottrill provided the students with insight into his work with My Song for Change and gave a detailed overview of his career and how he got started within the music industry. Topics of discussion included the various studios David has worked out of worldwide, his personal gear preferences, and the artists he’s worked with including; Peter Gabriel, Tool, Muse, Silverchair, and Dream Theatre. The Q&A at the end provided the students with an opportunity to connect with David for some additional insight.

Our faculty, staff and students send a very warm thank-you to both Darcy Ataman and David Bottrill.

To find out more about My Song for Change and Make Music Matter visit; mysongforchange.com