Teacher Spotlight: Ben "Encanti" Cantil

As a pro synthesist, price our instructor Ben “Encanti” Cantil has worked on projects with notable companies Ableton, rx Cakewalk, remedy Izotope, Source Audio, and Keith McMillen Instruments. Encanti has also worked on visual shows for EOTO and Shpongle, as well as having performed as a member of Shpongle Live‘s USA Ensemble.

In the A/V duo Zebbler Encanti Experience, He takes a novel approach to producing and performing electronic dance music, trademarked by combining heavy experimental dubstep with mind-bending synchronized visual accompaniment by VJ Zebbler. The drive behind Encanti tracks are influenced by hard dubstep producers, while the sound design draws influence from the legendary work of Richard Devine and Aphex Twin. Encanti performs his music live on laptop like an instrument, with breakdowns and mutations orchestrated on the fly.

As one of our Mmmmaven instructors, he gave students an in-depth look at how Ableton functions, its capabilities, and how to utilize it as a live tool. By covering everything from composition and sound design to mixing and mastering, students gained the technical ability to express their creativity into original productions.

ZEE is currently on tour for the summer playing shows all over the country, from Texas to Vermont and Arizona to Tennessee. Following the tour, Encanti will embark on an incredible journey as he will be teaching at Berklee’s first international campus in Valencia, Spain. There he will share the same enthusiasm and reverence for the development of creative expression he showed over the year he was with us here at Mmmmaven. We’re sad to see him go yet so thrilled for the great opportunity he’s been given. Good luck in Spain, Ben!