Beyond is a weekly class dedicated to exploring the farthest reaches of what it takes to be a professional producer and find longevity in the music business. Taught by IO partner and industry veteran Varun Venugopalan, Beyond is designed to help the next generation of music influencers cross the threshold into a sustainable and rewarding career in music. By presenting exclusive industry information and expert constructive criticism in a supportive environment, Beyond members will be challenged and inspired to push themselves outside their comfort zone and excel in their artistry.
Open exclusively to music producers who are already finishing songs; Beyond will cover a wide array of subjects including creative strategies, sound design, arrangement, mixing and mastering techniques, mindfulness tools, collaborating, and more.
Ultimately, our goal with Beyond is to cultivate a dedicated community of creatives and help them develop the habits needed to excel in the music industry and push each other towards greatness. The course was inspired by a lack of options for up-and-coming music producers to find community and take the final, often hard to figure out steps towards becoming a professional music producer.
Beyond Membership is $375 per month. New students are encouraged to register for a minimum of 3 months. Classes meet every Monday from 8:30pm-10:30pm.
After graduating from Icon Collective in Los Angeles, being mentored by Steve Duda and studying with Luca Pretolesi, his first official remix was released on Ultra Records. In 2015, Varun’s remix of Ivy Levan & Diplo’s “27 Club” was picked up by Interscope/CherryTree Records. Future Underground” a collaboration between him, AVE & EFX and the talented vocalist KASS was supported by Gareth Emery and voted Electric For Life Anthem of the Week. After their collaborative success, Varun teamed up with the duo for several more projects including “Bill Murray” and “Paint the Sky”. Both were released under Trap Nation’s label Lowly Palace with “Paint the Sky” accumulating over 6 million plays across YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud. His remix collaboration with Facade was named one of the top remixes of Marshmello & Khalid’s “Silence” by Billboard.com alongside names such as Tiesto, Illenium and Slushii.
Behind the scenes, Varun has been busy at work, hired for projects with Universal, CherryTree/Interscope, Perfecto, Aftercluv and Arkade. He received mixing & mastering credits on the Moby vs Robyn & Royksopp remix of “Do It Again’. In 2017, Varun was tasked to help create music used in the Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life residency held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. He is currently co-producing with the legendary artist Paul Oakenfold. Some of their collaborations include “Waterfall” ft. Lizzy Land, “Love Escape” ft. Amba Shepherd, and “Only Us” ft. Little Nicky. In recent events, he’s been able to share the stage with acts such as Above & Beyond, Showtek, Dada Life, Arty, Nicky Romero, Tritonal, Audien, Morgan Page, Borgeous, Cash Cash, TJR, Benny Benassi and many more.