BB: I started making music when I was 12 or 13 using the PlayStation, a game called "MUSIC". After this I quickly moved on to Cubase and a Yamaha RM1X (which I still regret selling!). I worked part time with music for many years but took a break when my university studies were done. I got back into it after a few years and then started my music production & synth focused YouTube channel "BoBeats".
YS; When did you start your YouTube channel?
BB: I started it in 2015 but I was overworked from many hours at two jobs (a university job and and as a psychotherapist) and wasn't very productive until about 2016. In 2017 I actually quit one of my jobs and started doing my Youtube channel part time.
YS: What type of information would you like to convey to subscribers of your channel?
BB: Someone said I bring a human side to a tech focused community. I guess that is a big driving factor. By being myself I hope to make equipment and techniques accessible. I sometimes pull from my psychology background when talking about a creative issue people are facing. I think this approach is what makes my channel unique.
YS: What do you like about MODX?
BB: I enjoy the synth architecture a lot! There is just so much depth, flexibility and functionality. I really enjoy the fact that I can slap an arp on just about everything, which makes me look cool when I demo it to my non-musician friends!
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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.