Keyboardist and Producer Dan Rouse on music and CK. “I want to impact people. I think that if we can present new options, new journeys, new feelings and emotions with music we can make ourselves a better society and a better world”.
Philadelphia-based keyboardist and producer Dan Rouse’s music journey began in the church as a drummer. “I was getting ready to play drums that Sunday, and my mom said, ‘Hey, you have to play keys today’, and I had never even touched the keyboard. I was about 11 at the time.” From that day forward Dan was a keyboardist. He went on to perform with legendary vocalists like Patti LaBelle and Lauren Hill and served as musical director for Village People. Learn more about Dan in the video below.
Yamaha Synthesizer Product Specialist Blake Angelos has over thirty years of experience with music hardware and software. An expert in music technology, Blake has conducted numerous clinics, master classes and presentations throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. In his role as Product Specialist for the Synthesizer Department Blake appears in many product videos and artist interviews, writes many articles for YamahaSynth.com and co-hosts a regular Podcast called “Behind the Synth”.
Before his work with Yamaha, he taught music theory and jazz studies courses at Arizona State University; managed a technology-focused music store in Seattle and was a production supervisor at Microsoft, where he led a team that developed groundbreaking interactive music content for the Microsoft Network. Blake holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. Blake currently resides in Bellingham, Washington with his family, and between his travels around the world for Yamaha, he performs as much as possible with several jazz and creative music groups in Bellingham, Seattle and other places in the Pacific Northwest.