Women in the Studio National Accelerator 2022: Meet our Producers
99Makaveli (Makenna Edissi) – Kitchener, ON
99Makaveli is a producer from Kitchener, Ontario, with a unique sound that ranges from drill, trap, R&B, to dancehall beats. She has accumulated nearly 45k followers on TikTok from showcasing her productions skills, which has resulted in her becoming a Twitch partner and signing with producer and songwriter management company, Hallwood Media. Through the use of these platforms, 99Makaveli has caught the attention of many producer vets and established artists who have reached out to collaborate on future projects. She looks forward to being part of the next generation of female producers.
Angelixa (Stella Lux) – Toronto, ON
Angelixa is a multifaceted recording artist, songwriter, producer, engineer and dancer from Toronto. She continues to strengthen her production skills as she prepares for the release of her first single “Gravy” this fall. Angelixa has been creatively composing for over a decade. From taking opera lessons at a young age to becoming a self- taught guitarist and pianist; she’s consistently broadening her skills and immersing herself within multiple genres. She received a post-secondary audio engineering certificate from the Harris Institute for the Arts to enhance her technical skills, which allowed her to freelance engineer and be a production and engineer assistant in audio post production. She will never stop creating and will always be passionate about music production.
Erin Costelo – Halifax, NS
A triple threat, Erin has numerous awards to her credit as an artist, songwriter and producer. Her own records have received critical acclaim and extensive airplay in Canada, the US and Europe where she has delighted concert audiences for over a decade as both a headliner and opener for such notable legends as Mavis Staples, Dr. John, and Boz Scaggs. She has also shared the stage with Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, Amy Helm, Shannon McNally, Matt Anderson and Joel Plaskett.
Erin has arranged music for CBC Radio and CBC TV, she has written horn and string arrangements for Juno Award winners Amelia Curran and Stephen Fearing and for Polaris Prize nominated hip hop artist, Aquakultre. She has received numerous commissions for her writing including the Upstream Ensemble, CBC Radio, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Blue Engine String Quartet and the Hourglass ensemble. In 2021, Erin did choral arrangements and mixed a recording for a group of international choristers commissioned by the prestigious Eisteddfod Festival in Wales.
Erin has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies and did her Graduate work in Composition with an emphasis on Electronic music, Multimedia and Performance Art. As a producer and mix engineer Erin is in great demand, working with artists across a variety of genres.
Grace Chiang – Vancouver, BC
Grace is a music producer and audio engineer from Vancouver, BC. As a first generation Chinese-Canadian, Grace has learned and lived out a unique experience of biculturality. From growing up playing classical piano, to working as a civil engineer, to now paving a new path in the music industry with her fresh pop production sound, Grace brings a rare blend of creativity and technical fluency to her projects. Her portfolio has amassed thousands of listens on streaming platforms and is a blend of pop, neo-soul and R&B sounds. Grace was a finalist in Music BC’s 2021 songwriting challenge, which led to mentorship from Grammy and JUNO Award winning Chin Injeti and Shadi (Dirty Radio). She is currently the assistant audio engineer at Echoplant Recording Studios.
laaain (La-Nai Gabriel) – Victoria, BC
La-Nai Gabriel (also known by her producer name, laaain) is a proficient multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer. She is a graduate of the Music Studies program at Humber College in Toronto, and the Sound and Music Recording program at Recording Arts Canada in Montreal. Victoria, BC-based Lai-Nai has performed extensively in Canada, the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, and Southeast Asia. She has been a music director and touring musician for many projects, as well as producer and composer of her own work.
La-Nai is featured as an instrumentalist on the latest album by Tanika Charles, Papillion de Nuit released April 2022. She has arranged winds, strings, and vocals for many artists. Her arranging work is featured on Vivek Shraya’s 2017 album Part-Time Woman featuring Queer Songbook Orchestra. Her work as a composer and orchestrator will be featured in upcoming episodes of Thomas: All Engines Go!, Superwish, and Dreams in Vantablack.Her production, under the alias laaain, is featured on Leah Canali’s debut EP Light +Dark and on “IDFT:The Secret Track” featuring Katya Zamo, and co-written by Tafari Anthony. Away Mission, laaain’s first self-produced EP, was released in 2021.
Ocevnside Club (Anastasia Petrova) – Toronto, ON
Anastasia Petrova, known as Ocevnside Clvb is an award-winning mix engineer, music producer and songwriter from Toronto, Canada. A graduate of Harris Institute for the Arts’ Audio Production Program, Anastasia has worked in some of the greatest studios in North America (Noble St. Studios, The Orange Lounge, Arthaus). She has recorded, produced, and developed some of Toronto’s hottest up-and-coming acts (Mali Leona, Lexah Reign), and worked with Canadian music royalty like Serena Ryder.
The 2021 MusiCounts Accelerate Scholarship winner currently operates out of her home studio, working on local and international songwriting, production and mixing projects as well as educational classes on her engineering philosophy.