About the CAO: “Air” Jared Selter holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the California Institute of the Arts. He is a professional sound designer, music producer, DJ, educator and guitarist. He has toured the world as a performer of his own music as well as contributed to award winning films, sample libraries and multi-media productions. He is an expert in Ableton Live and an experienced jazz guitar instructor.

More than Music

A Message from the Chief Academic Officer, Jared Selter.

As an experienced musician, composer and educator I can say without hesitation that 1500 Sound Academy is a school unlike any other.

Our founders have made the school’s mission to educate the best talent on relevant techniques used by top professionals in contemporary music. This goes beyond a purely technical or musical approach and dives deep into attitude, emotional intelligence, studio etiquette, and vibe - the intangibles that are the practical keys to penetrating the top of the industry.

In programming for the academy, I am extremely blessed to have access to talent that has excelled and exceeded all expectations in music. This is a direct effect of the years of work the 1500 or Nothin’ collective has put into their own excellence in crafting many of the chart-topping songs heard today.

My role at the academy is to be as transparent as possible in realizing the vision of President James Fauntleroy and CEO Larrance Dopson in our curriculum and events. As a long time participant in music education, I believe the 1500 Sound Academy’s approach is simple and revolutionary: affordable, hands-on access to what was previously inaccessible - the top players in the game.

Thank you, and have a great year.

- Jared


Movers and shakers.

“Pops” Lawrence Dopson

Facility Manager

“Pops” Dopson started his career in the Music Industry in 1967 professionally. He was Lead Singer in the group The “5” Wagers in Chicago. For 15 years he worked with artists like The Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire, Emotions, The Impressions, Barry White and Smokey Robinson.

He loves teaching vocal and harmonic training to both new artists as well as professional artist’s in todays industry. He truly enjoys his position at 1500 Sound Academy as a mentor to all who works there. “Pops” and his wife Brenda had a vision for his family’s future and that has translated in his son’s Rance endeavors. He is proud of all of the accomplishments 1500 or Nothin’ has achieved and the success of their new location in Inglewood.

Iz Avila

General manager

IZ Avila is a 5x Grammy Award Winner and has sold over 60 million records to date in pop music. He has traveled the world as Usher’s official DJ for the last 11yrs, capturing numerous memorable performances such as 5 sold-out nights at the O2 Arena, Obama’s 2013 inauguration in Washington DC, Bill Clinton’s Charity event at the Hollywood Bowl with Bono of U2 & Stevie Wonder. IZ has produced and written songs for superstars such as Janet Jackson, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Anthony Hamilton, Trey Songz, and Earth, Wind & Fire to name a few.

In 2008, IZ started his involvement with the “Grammy in the Schools Program,” speaking at various career days at local High Schools. That then led to IZ creating his own weekly webinar / streaming show called “Connected” which focused on providing education, mentoring and jobs in the fields of music, recording, film, radio and culinary. Today, he has introduced over 650 jobs to aspiring musicians, producers, directors, engineers and chefs through “Connected”.

In 2016, IZ joined the Turnaround Arts program, adopting Standing Rock Middle School in North Dakota and encouraging local leadership, teachers, and students around the country.

Dave Hampton

Engineer/Technical Director

Dave Hampton is a 40+ year Grammy Award winning veteran of the audio recording industry. In addition to engineering, He still consults with manufacturers on new technology, lecturers on survival in the industry, and continues to design custom studios and creative spaces for some of entertainments top artists. Dave has authored 4 books for Hal Leonard Music Publishers. In the summer of 2001 Dave was the first engineer to use Pro Tools to live mix a concert in surround sound, for Herbie Hancock’s Future 2 Future World Tour. Dave served as Technical Director of Paisley Park Studios as well as the other residences in California for several years. While at Paisley Park Dave would design and build several special one of a kind machines just for Prince’s use.

Among his list clients you will find generations of talent from every genre of music. Marcus Miller, Justin Timberlake, Maxwell, and Babyface, NeYo, RZA, Too Short, Chicago, Bill Withers and more. He also serves as Technical consultant for the Estate of Jazz great Miles Davis and is now part of the design team for Volume Ventures Studios.

Andres “Andy” Almada

Facility/Tech Operations

Andy Almada got his start in music at Golden West College learning and recording big band jazz with composer great Tom Kubis. In addition to completing his education in the audio program, he graduated from UCI with a BA in Sociology. Returning to Golden West College as a professor, Andy was a school representative for the Grammy U Los Angeles chapter and expanded the program to Orange County. He is a studio owner/operator and a member of AES and NAMM.

Giancarlo Fiasco

Facility Coordinator

GianCarlo was born and raised in Culver City, California. His interest in the music industry really began to grow back when I would DJ at my high school at lunchtime. This lead to interest in production software such as Ableton Live, as well as the various ins and outs of recording music in studios. “I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of the 1500 team for a handful years now, and the knowledge I’ve gained truly is priceless. With how much 1500 has grown since I started, the possibilities for the future seem endless.”

Dylan Del Olmo

Recording/Mixing Engineer

Dylan is a mix/recording engineer, producer and guitarist from Playa del Carmen, Mexico. He has mixed multiple chart topping projects including Meek Mill’s Platinum album “Championships” as well as various Latin Grammy-winning artists among them are Reik, Sin Bandera, Lali, Pedro Capo and Jhay Cortez. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Dylan holds a BA in Music Production & Engineering.


Learn from the experts.
  • Kuk Harrell

  • Mike & Keys

  • DJ Qwess

  • TrapMoney Benny

  • Colin Wolfe

  • Terrace Martin

  • Jared Selter

  • Jae Deal

  • Tuff Morgan

  • Vyann Vaughn

  • Carla Carter

  • Jean Marie Horvat

  • “Pops” of 1500

  • Andres “Andy” Almada

  • Tec Beatz

  • DJ Battlecat

  • Harmony Samuels

  • Kosine

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