Adjunct Faculty Spotlight: Professor Ebiut Cervantes, Commercial Music

Professor Ebiut Cervantes received an Emmy Award Certificate for The Grammys, an AES (Audio Engineering Society) Award for Best Mixed Jazz Recording, broadcasted the Superbowl LV on February 7, 2021, the 93rd Academy Awards (The Oscars) on February 28, 2021, and the iHeart Music Awards on May 27, 2021.

What do you love about working at APU?

I love the flexibility I have to continue to work on major outside projects. It keeps my teaching relevant to what is going on in the professional music world.

Do you have a study tip for students who take your courses?

Ask questions. This is the only way to fill the gaps in your knowledge. I'm ALWAYS happy to spend the extra time answering [students] to the best of my ability.

What are your ultimate goals when it comes to teaching the next generation?

I hope I can provide an accurate insight into the world of professional audio to the next generation of engineers. Fundamentals, proper techniques, and being open to advances in technology - all while maintaining a positive attitude and strong work ethic - are some of the recurring themes in my classes.

What’s your advice to someone pursuing a career in the field you teach?

Find a mentor, and stick with them. Shadow them. Be the first one at the gig, and the last one to leave. Soak in as much as you can.

Have you ever experienced a season of failure within your profession? If so, what did you discover during that season, and how did it change you?

I worked in Tokyo for Cirque Du Soleil for a couple of years. That job suddenly ended after the Earthquake and Tsunami devastation on March 11th, 2011. After coming back, I had no job, and nowhere official to live. It was through the love and support of my friends and family, and God's provision that I got through that season. That season taught me to rely on God, even though I didn't know where my next gig would be. It was during this unstable and uncertain time that I began working with some of the major artists (Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber) that led me to where I am now.

What projects, if any, are you currently working on? Please tell us a little about it.

I’m currently preparing to work on the Creative Arts Emmys. I’m also producing a few new artists at my personal studio in Arcadia CA. (shameless plug...!)

What was your first creative tool / instrument?

I started playing bass at church when I was around 7. Then I moved on to play keys, and that led me to start futzing with the church's soundboard.

If you were given the platform to share a piece of wisdom with the world, what would you say?

Life is short. Live well.

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