Carl Nappa’s musical journey began with the gift of an acoustic guitar at age 9 from his godfather. Playing rock, funk, R&B and jazz throughout his teen years eventually led him into a recording studio. It was during that first introduction to the technical side of music that he developed his appreciation for what happened on the other side of the glass.
In the late 1980s, Mr. Nappa had the good fortune to apprentice with Multi-Grammy award winning engineer, Bob St. John. During that time, they worked with Extreme, the Baby Animals, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Perry, and many others. Those recording sessions took them to Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and the famed Abby Road Studios in London. In the mid-1990s, he left Boston to join the Hit Factory recording studios in New York City.
Working as a Staff Engineer at The Hit Factory provided Mr. Nappa the opportunity to work on sessions ranging from vocal overdubs to eighty-piece orchestras alongside the major pop stars of our time. He was able to fine tune his record making process by working with legendary artists and producers such as Arif Mardin, Phil Ramone, Mutt Lange, Al Schmit, Elliot Schiner, Alan Parsons, Ray Bardani, Jerry Brown, Teddy Riley, P Diddy, Wyclef Jean, Kevin Law, and Vincent Herbert. As a producer and recording engineer, Mr. Nappa brings over 20 years of recording experience to ex’treme Institute. Widely recognized for his work on both major label and independent records, he most recently served as the Director of Recording for Nelly’s Derrty Entertainment. His duties there allowed him to work closely alongside Nelly and other recording artists at the record Label.
Mr. Nappa has been awarded over thirty Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum records as well as being Grammy and Aria nominated as an engineer, mixer, and producer. He has worked with many high visibility artists in the music industry in the Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, Country, and Jazz genres.
Director of Production/Co-campus Director
Adam Cherrington, better known as “Wyshmaster,” is an American producer of hip-hop, pop, and contemporary R&B music. Raised in the Chicago suburbs, he started experimenting scratching on his father’s turntables with his collection of 1960s records, not realizing the damage it was causing. He worked odd jobs to raise the funds to invest in his own turntables, designed specifically for DJing. Using tapes, 8 tracks, and his DJ equipment, Wyshmaster developed a following in Chicago, prior to leaving to serve in the U.S. Army.
Following his service, he resumed his DJ career, spinning at house parties and clubs. It was a struggle to find new and interesting music to play at these events. After watching how people reacted to different music, he knew it was time to stop spinning other people’s music and to create his own. Trained in piano, Wyshmaster purchased his first keyboard and began experimenting with making beats. With the emergence of the Internet, and the ease of posting compositions online, he began posting his own beats and getting positive feedback.
Soon after, Wyshmaster began selling his beats to artists. Although a good business, not every artist had the means to purchase a track at full price, so he began leasing his music. This allowed a number of people to use the same beat for a more affordable licensing fee. He built his own website and uploaded his beats, which allowed his music to become available internationally for singers, rappers, and songwriters alike. Wyshmaster is known for being one of the originators to license music online and to develop this idea that is still used by many producers today.
With his increased recognition, Wyshmaster was hired in 2004 to produce the music for NBA Ballers, Midway Games multi-million selling game of the year. He continued to produce music for games, commercials, television, movies, the internet, and radio. Wyshmaster has sold millions of records and has worked with some of the most prominent names in the music industry including Nelly, T-Pain, Pitbull, Tech N9ne, St. Lunatics, Chingy, The Lonely Island, Field Mob, and B.o.B. Wyshmaster was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for the Multi-Platinum selling single “I’m on a Boat” ft. The Lonely Island and T-Pain.