Brian Funk, aka AfroDJMac, is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and Ableton Certified Trainer from New York. He began his musical career with the guitar, playing in numerous rock bands, recording albums and embarking on tours on the East Coast of the United States. In an effort to expand his studio’s capabilities and songwriting arsenal, Brian turned toward computer-based music in 2006. As a guitarist and songwriter, he found Ableton Live to be the ultimate tool to unlock his creativity and bring his studio creations to the stage.
A curious sound designer, Brian regularly releases free Ableton Live devices that challenge conventional sound-design-thinking, via his Website (http://afrodjmac.com) and YouTube channel (http://youtube.com/afrodjmac). His series of Two Minute Ableton Live Tips earned him the title of "a legend in the Ableton Community" (Ableton Blog 6/26/12). In 2017, Brian started the Music Production Podcast, which explores creativity, technique, and philosophy on music making through conversation.
As a writer and high school English educator, teaching Live and music production is the perfect marriage of two life passions. Brian specializes in teaching Live for songwriters and rock musicians, home and professional studio application, and live performances. His experience as a rock musician offers students a unique insight into bridging music of the past with the music of the future.
Brian has written, authored, and produced various courses on Music Production and Ableton Live. He often speaks at seminars and workshops, and he teaches Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live at Berklee Online. Along with his own blog, Brian writes for various music publications on the web.