LA-based producer, professor and mad scientist collector Steve Nalepa is an electronic musician revered in avant-garde circles for his studio alchemy and genre bending: he’s produced tracks with such legends as Bill Laswell and Pharoah Sanders, performed with the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and shared the stage with some of the most revered electronic musicians and video artists in the world. 1320 Records released his triple album "Flatlands" in 2009, the original compositions accompanied by a collection of music videos and remixes from an all-star cast of luminaries including The Glitch Mob, Deru and Nosaj Thing. Nalepa is one of 100 artists featured in the acclaimed “Visionaire 53: Sound”, his music joining original pieces from David Byrne, Danger Mouse, Lalo Schifrin, U2 and more on five 12” vinyl record picture discs packaged with a portable record player inside a specially produced domed case. He has scored several films, including Robert Adanto's acclaimed feature length documentaries "The Rising Tide" and "Pearls On The Ocean Floor." When he’s not in the lab, scoring films or rocking dancefloors, Nalepa can be found inspiring the students in his music technology classes at Chapman University Conservatory of Music.
Nalepa's music technology classes at Chapman University Conservatory of Music that has become a breeding ground for new talent; alumni include fellow 1320 artists Virtual Boy, FuzZ and St Andrew. His students receive an abundance of audio production and recording techniques, explore the history of innovation in music technology, and get deep with Ableton Live, Reason and Logic. Each week they create songs, score to picture and craft remixes, and they receive a heavy dose of career advice from the high-profile guests that come in and lecture throughout the semester. Previous guests include Mary Anne Hobbs, Nosaj Thing, Richard Devine, Adam Freeland, Daddy Kev, The Glitch Mob, The Delta Mirror, and Lorn to name a few. In this first installment of the 'Professor Nalepa vs' series of collaborative EPs between teacher and former students, Nalepa hit the studio with indie rockers, It's Not Over Quebec. The resulting tracks developed organically into deep, heavy rocking electronic excursions that ended up pushing both artists into uncharted territory.