About Audio Alchemy

"Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life.

There's not some trick involved with it. It's pure and it's real.

It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things."

-Tom Petty

Let Music Be Thy Medicine

Alchemy is the art of transformation.

Audio Alchemy is the art of transformation through music.

Music is the universal language of the soul. It creates cultures, moves dancefloors and connects us all. It changes the world because it changes people.

As Audio Alchemists, we take this responsibility to heart, we strive to create music that is honest and authentic, catalysing our inner transformation and harmonizing the culture around us.


Community Is Key

We are a diverse community of artists who desire a deeper relationship with ourselves, our music and each other. Collaboration and connection are at the heart of our crew - there are no secrets, only openness, honesty and a willingness to learn. We understand that it truly takes a tribe to thrive in our world. Ultimately, it is a deep sense of family that lies at the core of our collective.

How It All Began

Back in the spring of 2013, after 3 years living the dream as a professional touring DJ and music producer, Steve Young (aka Hedflux) had a bad day. Frustrated by the lack of returns on music sales, touring frequently to provide for his family, and finding less and less time for making music, he decided to rant about it on facebook. Meanwhile in Hawaii, Andy Freist read the post with interest and decided to reach out and connect...

steve in studio

Then Came The Mastermind

Originally from Seattle, Andy had been living in Hawaii for 4 years, DJing, organising dance events, playing music, and sharpening his skills as a web designer and internet entrepreneur. A fan of Steve's music, he reached out and proposed a Skype call to talk about some of the issues raised in the rant, and offer some helpful ideas. That first call was so inspiring that the two committed to forming a "mastermind" agreement - where they would meet every week to talk about artistic and entrepreneurial goals, and help each other to realize them.

Dreams Were Dreamed

Although DJ gigs were his main business, Steve was making a significant second income coaching people in music production via Skype, and doing occasional workshops at music schools, festivals and for private groups of producers. It was his dream to one day expand this into a "musical mystery school" of sorts - a place where he can teach not only music production, but the science, psychology and more esoteric aspects of the art.


Audio Alchemy Was Born

In March of 2016 that dream was realized. Steve and Andy collaborated on the very first Audio Alchemy Retreat at Hawaiian Sanctuary in Pahoa, and 20 enthusiastic artists flew in from across the world to take part. The result was a life-changing experience that exceeded all expectations, and for Steve and Andy, working together was an absolutely joy. Everyone knew this was the beginning of something truly special.

Come Along For The Ride

The Audio Alchemy Retreat is now held every spring on the Big Island of Hawaii. This transformational event will inspire you for years to come. See what others are saying.

We are also working on producing a comprehensive e-course, a community collaboration platform, compilation albums, and a plethora of audio tools and resources for our members.

Apply now for the 2018 Audio Alchemy retreat, and be sure to join in our free weekly webinar series.


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