Important announcement regarding the closure of our music production program

In February of 2015, we started the Night Vision Music Academy. We started because we wanted Edmonton to have a place where beginners to get the help they needed and electronic artists could develop themselves. It’s been one of the most fulfilling and challenging things we’ve ever done as both individuals and as a collective — and we wouldn’t trade the experience for the world. So it is with heavy hearts that we announce the closure of our music production program, effective September 2017.

Why are we closing the school?

We received the opportunity to help develop and open a new school in Los Angeles. Adam Johan, our head instructor and co-founder, will be moving to California to open the I/O Music Academy alongside his friend, collaborator, and now business partner, Andy Caldwell. The IO Music Academy will be entirely separate from Night Vision and the Night Vision Music Academy.

What will happen to the Edmonton space?

It will continue to act as the Night Vision HQ, the home of our label and shared studios. DJ lessons will still be offered and we’ll be hosting the occasional workshop. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the space or lessons. If you have any questions, are interested in lessons, or have ideas about using or renting the space, please contact

Is there a last chance to take a course?

Yes! We will be offering Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 one last time starting July 18th. Follow the links above for more information on signing up for the Summer Courses.

Can I still take DJ lessons and Private Music Production Lessons?

Yes! We will still have DJ lessons available and private production lessons.

We want to thank all our students and supporters over the last few years. It’s been an incredible privilege to work and learn with all of you. Thank you.

- Adam, Andrew, and the Night Vision Team

The Night Vision Music Academy under construction (Summer 2015)

The Night Vision Music Academy under construction (Summer 2015)

Our mixer at the first annual Alberta Electronic Music Conference (November 2016)

Our mixer at the first annual Alberta Electronic Music Conference (November 2016)

The finished school (September 2015)

The finished school (September 2015)

Nick Garcia teaching at the Night Vision Music Academy (May 2017)

Nick Garcia teaching at the Night Vision Music Academy (May 2017)

June 11 - Creating a Live Set - Workshop & Demo with Dean Phatcat

Dean Phatcat - Live electronic music

The Night Vision Music Academy is proud to present:
Creating a Live Set Workshop & Demo with Dean Phatcat

Creating a live set is one of the most challenging things an electronic artist can do. In this workshop, Dean 'Phatcat' Musani, a longtime DJ and producer turned live performer, will walk through his process of creating a live set and help you take the steps to creating your own, exploring a variety of different methods and set ups. His live performances have seen him perform at festivals like Bass Coast, Astral Harvest, and share the stage with artists like Moresounds, Jerremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, Michael Red, Borys, The Librarian, and more.

Course Topics Include

  • Identifying their ideal live performance concept
  • Converting finished projects into stems for performance
  • How to edit stems to allow for clean transitions
  • Organizing stems for live in your ableton user library
  • Integrating live and or midi controlled instruments into the set
  • Custom mapping midi controllers including Push/Apc/etc
  • Audio interface solutions
  • Troubleshooting latency

This course will include live demos and plenty of time for troubleshooting and questions.

Equipment used/demonstrated
- Ableton Push
- Volca Keys
- Volca Sample
- TR-8
- Octotrak

Regular Price: $40
NVMA Student Price: $30
NVMA Students, contact us for the coupon code!"

Phatcat Bio

As the founder of the Future Roots collective - Edmonton’s longest running organizer of underground jungle and bass music events - Phatcat is well known for his pioneering contributions to Edmonton's music community hosting hundreds of independent events over the last decade. Collecting vinyl from an early age kept him on the warriors path following the hardcore continuum of bass music through its emotional and technological journey. He constantly explores the changing crossfade between Footwork, Jungle, Grime, Dub, and Techno, having been invited to perform his own dubplates and releases at Shambhala, Basscoast and other countless festivals, raves, and clubs across Canada since '98. Subtle precision on the decks is the hallmark of Phatcat's sets - taking risks, exploring new sounds, and never forgetting the roots of Rave, while presenting a evolving stew of his most current studio output! 

His current live pa performance combines multiple drum machines, analog samplers, synths and multiple delays to create a completely original sound rooted in 90’s jungle, acid house, dub techno, halftime D&B, uk rave, and modern 808 bass music.

He is also an award winning sound designer and composer, receiving an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award in 2015 for his original score to the acclaimed contemporary theatre/dance production “Bears” which charted the psychedelic animistic journey of an Canadian oil sands worker breaking the energy sector’s shackles. 

Known as much for his work behind the scenes, as the director of Future Roots he has been at the forefront of the bass movement for over a decade. Including notably championing the 160/slowfast/footwork movement by hosting the first ever Canadian stop from DJ Rashad (R.I.P.), as well as Ninja Tune's Machinedrum, Sam Binga, Om Unit, Addison Groove, Sinistarr and more. Over the years he has shared the stage and hosted countless and diverse artists such as Chimpo, Kahn, Andy C, Zeds Dead, Joker, Goldie, DRS, Rusko, UZ, Noisia, Savant, Calibre, Shackleton, and many many more.

Bringing underground vibes to Edmonton for over 15 years and having just celebrated Future Roots' 10th anniversary, Phatcat is grinding nonstop in the studio towards multiple projects in 2016/2017, including another contemporary dance score, upcoming material for label Inner City Dance, and future releases for the Future Roots tape label!

May 28 - Drum & Bass Production Masterclass with John Rolodex

John Rolodex Drum and Bass Music Production

The Night Vision Music Academy is proud to present:
Drum & Bass Production Masterclass with John Rolodex

With two decades of experience in the drum and bass genre, John Rolodex is known worldwide for his production skills. His music has been released on some of the most recognized labels in the industry including Hospital, Metalheadz, V Recordings and Dread.

This 2.5 hour masterclass will cover the production of a drum and bass track from the ground up.

Topics Covered

  • Building drum kits from scratch,
  • Cutting and sequencing breakbeats,
  • Basslines and their components,
  • Song structure and arrangement,
  • Getting mixdowns balanced and loud, and
  • How send demos / signing music.

The class will be of value to producers of all experience levels and of all styles of electronic music. Proprietary techniques developed over many years and not taught anywhere else will be shared.


Regular Price: $40
NVMA Student Price: $30

NVMA Students, contact us for the coupon code!

John Rolodex Bio

John Rolodex, Drum and Bass Producer, Machinist Music

John Rolodex is one of Canada's premiere DnB artists. His music has appeared on Metalheadz, Hospital, V Recordings and numerous other established imprints. John's music has been supported by every major figure in the genre including legends like Goldie, Dillinja, Pendulum, Krust & Doc Scott. His music was featured repeatedly by the late John Peel on his legendary BBC Radio 1 show.

John has headlined events in dozens of cities across Europe and North America including: Amsterdam, Budapest, Chicago, Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Oslo. His three-year run on led to new fans across the globe, with an audience of around two thousand every week.

John is the founding partner in Machinist Music, which has released music from established and emerging artists from around the globe since 2010.

After a three-year hiatus, John Rolodex is breaking new ground. His latest work is being supported by cutting-edge leaders like Om Unit, Librarian, Matt the Alien and Sinistarr. John is currently in development stages of a short film, which he is directing and scoring. In 2016 John led the panel on bass music at AEMCON, hosting the likes of T.Power, Greazus, Sinistarr and Homesick.


Sunday April 9th - Open House and Free

In anticipation of our Spring semester, we'll be hosting an open house and free music production masterclass with Adam Johan on April 9th from 1pm to 4:30pm.

Open House - 1:00PM - 2:30PM

Come learn about our classes, see our studio, and meet our instructors.

Free Masterclass with Adam Johan 2:30PM - 4:30PM

See how the NVMA's head instructor approaches the music production process in real time. Open to people of all skill levels, Adam will be doing a live walk through of his workflow as he tackles remixing a forthcoming single for Night Vision Music. Learn how he integrates Ableton, hardware, samples, and unique processing to create his signature style.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or at 780 399 8870

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