UMT Tutors bring an unrivalled source of experience and knowledge from the music industry to provide UMT students with vital skills for your own music career.
Mark Lowry- Tutor, UMT:PRO, UMT:DJ, UMT:VOX, UMT:BEATS
Surpassing over 2 decades of active service as one of the North East’s most successful and notably humble DJ and producer of electronic music, Mark Lowry brings his expertise to the ‘classroom’ of UMT.
Mark started his DJ and production career in his bedroom playing one-off parties. His career took off in 2000 when he entered and won a DJ competition on Galaxy Radio which saw him recording 4 remixes for the radio station and promoting himself at the Miami Winter Music Conference.
What sets Mark apart, other than his longstanding residency at world-renowned house night Shindig, is his ability to spin EVERYTHING from deep house to techno to disco to classics and his determination and ability to make it all make sense. Mark is also known for his collaborations and remix projects with the likes of labels such as Sony BMG, Urban Torque and Saw Recordings (Mardel).
Smoove - Tutor, UMT:DJ, UMT:VOX
One half of Smoove & Turrell, producer, international DJ, live performer, remixer and label boss: Just a few of the things that this UMT tutor has achieved over his years in the industry.
Smoove has an impressive vinyl collection of over 20,000 which he uses to soundproof his studio. When he isn’t in the studio Smoove apparently can be found hanging around disused concrete buildings imitating various sound effects with his mouth. Not many DJs are mixing ‘old’ and ‘new’ styles as fresh and as skilled as Smoove. Signed by both Acid Jazz Records and Jalapeno Records, Smoove is a highly acclaimed DJ and Producer.
Danny Linton (aka Funk Ethics) - Tutor, UMT:VOX
Danny Linton (aka Funk Ethics) is known for his taste in the more twisted and deeper side of Dubstep. Danny has recently been gaining support from the likes of Dubstep main players Skream and N Type.
Funk Ethics is an essential part of the strong Newcastle Dubstep scene and is an innovative and talented producer who specialises in original, bassy, gourmet electronic music. On only two releases Funk Ethics’ music has taken him on performances around the country as well as far as Brussels and exposure on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Rinse FM.
Danny is also co-founder of Natural Selection – a collection of Newcastle based DJs and Producers.
Wayne C McDonald - Tutor, UMT:VOX, Musician Career Consultant at Generator
Legendary Wayne C McDonald has been tirelessly working towards bringing urban music to the foreground over the past 15 years. Working regularly alongside the cream of the UK urban music scene has helped him earn the respect and critical acclaim from audiences across the UK. Not only this but Wayne, under different guises, has been involved in producing material in various different styles for acts as diverse as Lenny Kravitz, Usher and Whitney Houston.
Wayne’s current projects see him continuing to launch other acts and develop opportunities as Musician Career Consultant at Generator. Wayne is also one half of highly successful writer/producer duo DC Joseph and is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading R&B DJs and tastemakers. His former radio show ‘The Funkbase’ is now legendary and Wayne has recently joined the on-air broadcasting ream at NE1 FM.
James Smith (aka Phobia) - Tutor, UMT:VOX
James Smith (aka Phobia) has been involved in the music industry for over 10 years as a producer, DJ, promoter, label owner and manager. Releasing on some of drum and bass’s biggest labels including Renegade Hardware & Critical, Phobia also promotes Turbulence which has seen everyone from Skream & Shy FX to Chase & Status and Noisia all grace the turntables.
Phobia’s first serious move into Drum n Bass came in 2001 when he met Double L through a mutual friend and started releasing music through Flex Records. He stayed with Flex Records until 2004 when his music was passed onto to Renegade Hardware’s Clayton by Pendulum’s MC Verse. From there he became a Hardware regular with appearances on various albums and EP’s; most notably his massive remix of Dylan & Ink’s ‘Need U’ and his own solo EP entitled ‘All Points North’ in 2006. More releases followed on Hardware and its sister label Renegade Recordings. Phobia has also contributed to Violence, Critical, Crunch, Universal Project, Inneractive & Xtinction Agenda.
In 2008 Phobia’s second EP on Hardware was released entitled ‘What Has Become’. Since then Phobia has moved onto launch his own label: Coded Music which has seen releases by Phobia, Jubei, Code 3 and a remix from Breakage.
DJ wise Phobia has played all over the UK and across Europe including a regular set at the legendary Renegade Hardware nights at Area in London. Phobia's Turbulence night has quickly established itself as one of the biggest and best drum and bass nights in the UK with it’s up for it crowd and friendly no attitude atmosphere.
Dom P (aka Dom Zilla) - Tutor, UMT:VOX
Dom P (aka Dom Zilla) is hailed as Newcastle’s answer to Jay-Z. Dom P has been producing and rapping his own style of hip hop since the age of 13 and has worked with the likes of Supanice and has produced with Raekwon from Wu Tang Clan and SkinnyMan.
Producing at Semi Mojo Productions, Dom’s beats are quite easily some of the best productions in the UK. But Dom isn’t just about hip-hop. More recently he’s being working on his own projects including a 10 piece funk-rock band named Semi Mojo Revue. With their unique fusion of funk, rock and hip-hop, they are undoubtedly one of the most diverse, original acts to come out of the North East in a long time.
The success of Semi Mojo Revue has seen them supporting the likes of SkinnyMan as well as playing The Sage Gateshead. Although, for the time being, they have been put on the backburner whilst Dom explores his other creative interests. Not content with his Semi Mojo band and the occasional guest producer/rapper credits under the his new creation Dom Zilla. He’s also working on a new project by the name of Hellfire Club, which sees Dom returning to his hip-hop roots, rapping with a live band which includes a live DJ and drummer. Hellfire Club goes back to basics to bring back the rawness into UK hip-hop, taking inspiration from the likes of Wu Tang Clan and their soulful samples. Hellfire Club may well be in its infancy, but they have already performed at Evolution Festival.
Dom's talent is undeniable as is his passion for creating music with a soul and purpose. His unique style and determination is more refreshing than a sushi roll with teriyaki on the side. Dom P represents a musical flavour that never becomes tasteless. Delivering an explosion on the senses to rival any musical dish, regardless of taste and style.