Producer, Engineer, Composer, Turntablist, Sound Designer, & Guitarist
- Kevin Luu is from Las Vegas, NV and is currently studying at Berklee College of Music and is dual majoring in Music Production and Engineering and Electronic Production and Design. Kevin is a guitar principle at Berklee, but has accepted the fact that Pro Tools and the turntables are his new principal instrument. He is currently in his tenth semester and is highly involved in the turntable/DJ community at Berklee. Kevin has a boundless thirst for knowledge and loves an assortment of genres from pop, jazz, r&b, hip-hop, blues, funk, and classical. He is always open to the creativity around him and always conducts himself with a professional attitude.
- In high school, Kevin was recognized by the Clark County School District as a Distinguished Music Scholar and before studying at Berklee College of Music he studied at UNLV for two semesters as a Music Composition Major with a minor in Recording. At UNLV, Kevin studied jazz guitar with world renowned guitarist Joe Lano (Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra) http://www.jazzinternet.com/vegasjazz... classical guitar with Nathan Fischer, and Recording Techniques with Chuck Foley and Gil Kaupp.
Kevin tries his best to be extremely involved inside and outside of the Berklee Community.
Inside of Berklee
- I currently have a cGPA of 3.819 and have earned a place on the Dean’s List every semester that I have attended Berklee.
Spring 2012 Student Achievement Award
- I was awarded the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship at the Spring 2012 Student Achievement Awards.
Spring 2011 Student Achievement Award
- I was awarded the MP&E/EPD Dual Major Award at the Spring 2011 Student Achievement Awards.
Engineer for Daytime Recording Ensemble
- I am currently engineering Donna McElroy’s Vocal Ensemble class in MP&E’s Studio B every Monday from 11am-1pm.
Assistant Engineer for 5 Week Summer Daytime Recording Ensemble
- During the Summer of 2010, I assited on two 5 Week Summer Daytime Recording Ensemble. Andrew Cousineau engineered one of the ensembles and Randy LeBoeuf engineered the other one.
- I am currently in the Turntable Ensemble with Professor Stephen Webber and we are preparing for a BPC show on April 21, 2011.
Nashville Trip 2010
- I went on the 2010 Nashville Trip where we talked to representative of major record labels, world-renown songwriters/performers, visited world-class studios, and networked with Berklee Alums.
Atlanta Trip 2011
- I will be going on the first annual Atlanta trip with MP&E Faculty Prince Charles Alexander during Spring Break 2011.
Berklee’s Mentor Program Event
- I performed “I Don’t Need No Doctor” for the Berklee Mentor Program with Jim Wooster (guitar), Mark Caddell (bass/vocals), and Roger Brown (drums) on April 11, 2010.
- I submitted my final essay for my History of Modern East Asia class and Fusion Magazine published it as October 2009 – Featured Work. “http://www.fusionmagazine.org/2009/10...”
Berklee Work Study
- I worked as an “Office Assistant” in the MP&E office for four semesters and starting this semester, Spring 2011, I now work 15 hours a week in the Studio Maintenance Office where we are responsible for maintaining Berklee’s numerous studios.
Turntable Lab Monitor
- During the Fall 2010 Semester, I worked as the Turntable Lab Monitor in B01 every Thursday night from 6:00PM to 8:30PM. I was responsible for setting up all of the DJ equipment and helping students with any questions about “turntablism” or the equipment.
Music Production Workshop
- During the Summer 2010, I helped with the Music Production Workshop by giving tours of MP&E and ELPD’s studios and answering questions that the parents and students had about Berklee’s Music Technology department.
Berklee Mentor Program
*I am currently participating in Berklee’s Mentor Program and my mentor is Mr. Jim Wooster. http://s3.amazonaws.com/berkleemusic/...
Session Guitar Player
- During my third semester, I played guitar for Hilary Long’s MP-320 song “Ignite” by Brie Capone and Jessica Luk’s MP-318 sound alike song of “Hanging by a Moment” by Lifehouse; both songs were recorded in Berklee’s studios.
Berklee Concert Choir
- I joined the Berklee Concert Choir, directed by Michael Bradley, during my second semester at Berklee. We met every Thursday from 7 P.M. to 10 P.M. for rehearsals and we sang with the Video Game Orchestra on March 5th, 2009 “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EncBfB...” and had a Spring Concert on April 24th, 2009; I sang baritone.
- I sang back up for Brian Mccoy’s song “Waiting to Live” which was recorded in Studio A during my second semester. “http://brianmccoymusic.com/Waiting_to...”
Outside of Berklee
Tour with Will Makar & The Red Line
- During August of 2010, I went on a three-week tour with Will Makar & The Red Line as their front of house engineer. We made stops in Berwick, Pennsylvania, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Nashville, Tennesee, Houston, Texas, Midland, Texas, and Austin, Texas. We played over 20 shows and made appearances on WBKO News and The Tony Rose Morning Radio Show in Bowling Green, Kentucky and Fox 7 Austin News in Austin, Texas. Every gig, I was responsible for helping the band set up on stage and learning the new live sound set up and was in charge of mixing the live performance.
- On November 5th, 2010 I drove down with Will Makar & The Red Line to Nashville, Tennessee to work as their front of house engineer at their show at the Tin Roof.
- On November 18th, 2010 I recorded with Will Makar & The Red Line in the Arc Studio owned by Bill Kaiser in Worcester, MA for their upcoming album.
Guest Speaker at Palo Verde High School
- During the Winter Break of 2010, I visited my old choir class at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, NV and I talked to over 60 students about Berklee and studying music in college.
Volunteer Live Sound Engineer
- During the Winter Break of 2010, I volunteered to help with the live sound during the Jade Buddah event in Las Vegas, NV. I helped set up the microphones and speakers for the ceremonies.
- On February 12, 2011 I helped with the front of house engineering at a Chinese Festival at UMass Boston. I was in charge of setting up the band and mixed the live performance.
Volunteer Recording Engineer
- I have volunteered to record and mix projects for Anastaysiya Dumma, Sissy Castrogiovanni, Sujin Kim, Will Makar, Cheryl Lee, and Jorge Perez Gonzalez in Berklee’s studios. I am really fortunate to have the opportunity to use such world-class studios at Berklee and to be able to record my classmate’s projects is an amazing experience!
- I play acoustic guitar in Lynda DeFuria’s band and during Spring 2010, we recorded her EP titled “Alive” at Sanctum Sound Studio in Boston, MA which can be found on iTunes. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aliv... We have also been gigging around Las Vegas and Boston. The places and dates include:
ReJAVAnate in Las Vegas on 01-09-10
All Asia in Boston on 04-11-10
Harper’s Ferry in Boston on 09-21-10
Café Luna in Boston on 10-15-10
Church of Boston on 01-31-11
Battle of the Bands at BU Central on 02-26-11
Steve Almond Clinic at Cafe 939 on 03-02-11
DJ K. Luu
On November 9th, 2010 I DJed at Fenway Park’s EMC Club for Target’s Community Celebration. I went with Professor Stephen Webber to represent the turntable community at Berklee College of Music and to provide entertainment during the reception.
Berklee Chops DVD
- My roommate, Matthew Garstka, made a DVD called “Berklee Chops” which featured five of Berklee’s best gospel drummers playing over a student produced track and was recorded in MP&E’s Studio B by Cesar Gonzalez. I spent countless hours helping Matthew organize and edit the numerous takes on the Pro Tools sessions and assisted Cesar Gonzalez in mixing the final tracks, which were used on the DVD.
Mariachi Ensemble Recording
- I volunteered to record the Mariachi Ensemble because they needed a recording of their music for an application to perform at the International Folk Festival. I only had one condenser microphone, a Mbox and we recorded the ensemble in a Berklee classroom; despite the lack of resources, we used our creativity and made it work and I am proud to say the Mariachi Ensemble was accepted to perform at the 2010 International Folk Festival.
Sunday Sports at Simmons
- I play basketball every Sundays at 12:00 PM at Simmons College.
- I am a big believer in living a healthy lifestyle; I am currently going to the YMCA and exercising 3-4 times a week.
- I produced and arranged a traditional Buddhist song using Reason and Sibelius in my home studio which is now played after every prayer service. During the summer of 2009, I was also an active volunteer at the temple.
- I am associated with Method Entertainment which is a DJ company that specializes in mobile and club events. We provide entertainment, music, and supply all of the sound equipment.
Experience & Education
Studio Maintenance Employee for Studio Maintenance OfficeJanuary 2011 to Present (over 2 years)
The Studio Maintenance Office is responsible for maintaining the operations of Berklee's Studios.
Rhythm Guitar Player for Lynda DeFuriaJanuary 2010 to Present (over 3 years)
I am currently playing rhythm guitar with Lynda DeFuria and her band. We rehearse every Monday from 10:30 PM to 12:30 AM and we have a gig scheduled for April 11th, 2010 at All Asia and we plan on recording an EP at the end of April.
Office Assistant for MP&E OfficeSeptember 2009 to December 2010 (about a year)
Responsible for scheduling appointments for office hours, scheduling application interviews, providing answers to FAQ and maintaining the office.
Disc Jockey (DJ) for Method EntertainmentDecember 2006 to August 2009 (over 2 years)
Responsible for providing mobile disc jockey services and to supply events with sound and music.
Sound Engineer for Dynamically InsaneMarch 2007 to August 2008 (about a year and a half)
I was an engineer at Dynamically Insane studios in Las Vegas and was also a live sound engineer at the Box Office which is a concert venue operated under Dynamically Insane.
Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Production and Engineering/Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College of Music2008 to 2012 (4 years)
Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Composition w/ a minor in Recording at University of Nevada, Las Vegas2007 to 2008 (1 years)