Cheikh Proctor
Schedule: Thu | Sat
Cheikh Proctor (26) has been surrounded by music all his life. Starting with parental influence from a West African father who was a percussionist and a record collecting mother! Cheikh started with tapping out of curiosity to using utensils around the house to drum till Cheikh received his first mini kit. Since then opportunities to perform covered entering audition tapes for school talent shows, Drum lines within the local community Center and playing in the Church. Growing up in and around the NY metropolitan area Proctor was granted to study jazz drums under the Recanati Scholarship at the 92nd st Y in Manhattan a Scholarship to study jazz percussion under Brian Landrus.

Cheikh was an active participant in his HS concert band and Jazz Band, all the while continuing to experiment with different styles and recording with fellow musician friends outside school. Transitioning to college Proctor was awarded acceptance to study performance at Berklee as well as the New School for Jazz however pursued study at Suny Fredonia for Music Business. While studying Cheikh played in the local music scene breaking out of jazz into Punk, Rock styles with bands such as Eerie Shores and Tilapia as well as recording work.

Post Graduation, Proctor moved back to nyc to perform with R&B/Soul and Rap acts such as Freakquencee, @Bymaddz music even opening for Talib Kwalli under Quinton Brock. Cheikh had the pleasure of performing at the Rockefeller Center with act Marcus Jade Music!. Proctor has also reopened the world of Jazz with the opportunity to perform with Arts for arts, a jazz and archivist coalition for live music with the Dave Sewelson Band. Cheikh also assisted with production work with Randy Muller of the 70s group Skyy, Brass Construction and Cameo.

Aside from Playing Proctor composes his own experimental music through use with synthesis vintage gear and software such as Ableton and Logic. Projects can be found under Dxui, Using programs such as iannix and midi to create generative music and unconventional sounds!. Cheikh ‘s approach to music is open ended, growing up he found that there are a million and one ways to bring a student into the world of music. It’s important to learn but having fun is what propels that discovery. As a musician growing up Cheikh states that it was hard to find a teacher that fit his learning style. Within music he found that can discourage or intimidate the student and can confine them to a box of what creativity and discovery is supposed to be!… Funn!

  • Gretsch Catalina Club Maple 5 piece
  • Electron Digitakt / Drum Sequencer and Synthesizer
  • Ableton Live 10 Program

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Location: 500 Wilson Pike Cir #104, Brentwood, TN 37027

Telephone: 615.371.8086

Email: Nashville@MusicLab.co

School Hours: M-F: 12pm - 8pm, Sa: 9am - 4pm, Su: Closed

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