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Faculty

Music Business Summer Institute Coordinator

Michael Johnson is an active performer, producer and recording engineer who currently lives and works in Philadelphia. In addition to teaching at UArts, he also heads the Music Technology department within the School of Music.

Michael has been very active in the American independent rock universe for the last decade, having been a part of releases on labels including Sub Pop, Matador, Ninja Tune and Hometapes. He has performed on or engineered albums by Kurt Vile, Daedelus, the War On Drugs, Nightlands, Lilys, Holopaw and Pattern Is Movement, as well as his current Ape School project and more. He has toured the United States and Europe extensively and shared the stage with the aforementioned artists and such rock luminaries as Dinosaur Jr, Iron and Wine, and Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse) among others.

Over the years, his efforts and exploits have been featured in the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork.com, CNN, Playboy Magazine, Newsweek and MTV. He currently focuses his energies on his duties at UArts, while maintaining an active performance and production schedule for his own projects and outside interests. Michael is sponsored by Eventide's audio division and is highly versed and experienced in the use of analog synthesizers.