Mr. Chen Flakes
Piano, Guitar and Bass (Acoustic & Electric) Drums and Recording Arts
Mr. Chen Flakes started classical piano lessons at five years old and has enthusiastically pursued a life in music ever since. While continuing piano studies, he added symphonic and marching band via the alto saxophone through high school, when an interest in modern pop and rock music emerged. He recalls the moment he received his first guitar as a graduation present and immediately; his life focus began to change to the pursuit of an education and a career in music.
Chen taught himself to play acoustic and electric guitar and then bass, and began performing on both. He joined the staff at Guitar Center after high school, where he gained knowledge and experience on nearly every electronic instrument available, as well as drums and the music industry as a whole. He made valuable relationships with mentors and clients, some of whom were professional musicians for national touring acts. They began to seek out his expertise on live rigs, studio creation and operation, ranging from 1,000 seat clubs to 10,000 seat stadiums. Simultaneously he "hyper-focused" himself on songwriting, digital music production and the engineering aspect of music. He has performed as a recording artist and studio engineer, collaborating with top artists from around the country.
Mr. Chen began teaching privately in 2012, when he earned certification for Pro Tools, Apple Computers and Garageband. He has led seminars on recording, songwriting and production.
Mr. Chen spends his free time playing guitar, keys, bass and drums in various bands. He has toured the United States, performed on the Vans Warped Tour, released numerous records and a handful of music videos worldwide. He is passionate about teaching students young and old how to use their own laptop and other equipment to create a successful home recording environment. His Youtube video series "Couch Covers" has become popular around the globe and features his band "Another October" as well as top students of The Piano Cottage Studios, with releases every other month to a growing fan base.
Mr. Chen brings his experience and knowledge of the modern music industry to aspiring young musicians at The Piano Cottage but also inspires our adult students to learn to love the process of mastering an instrument through weekly guitar and bass studies. He welcomes both youth and adult students.
Mr. Chen provides in-home lessons, teaches at The Piano Cottage Boston studio and our Keyboard World studio.