Equalize delivers courses and workshops in music production, songwriting, performance and DJing. We are a female-led company focussed on bringing equality to the audio industry one session at a time. We believe that everyone has the right to play, create, and follow a passion for audio, regardless of their gender, race, age, ability or sexual orientation. We offer a safe space, free of judgement, and invite anyone with an interest in music to learn and ask questions.
We are proud members of the Musicians Union and Associates of the Yorkshire Sound Women’s Network. The YSWN, which inspires women and girls to explore music in Yorkshire and beyond, has been incredibly supportive.
Thanks to our own journeys and experience tutoring others, we can teach music skills along with confidence, creativity and self-esteem. Equalize specialises in putting all the pieces into place to enable your musical jigsaw to shine!
Liina ‘LNA’ Turtonen
Music Producer, YouTuber, Songwriter & Educator
Liina “LNA” Turtonen is a music producer, sound engineer, performer, and the creator of the ‘LNA Does Audio Stuff’ YouTube channel. She has a MA degree in Music Production from the University of York and she is a former lecturer at Leeds Conservatoire (Previously known as College of Music). Currently she works as a freelance producer, musician, educator and a social media influencer. She has a YouTube channel (tutorials and other fun audio stuff, featuring lots of Ableton Live and Push 2), which she hopes will challenge views of gender in the YouTube audio communities. Liina has a highly optimistic attitude and a fun, lively teaching style, including funny metaphors to ensure that students of any level understand the concepts. She has a sound knowledge of all industry standard DAWs and is an expert in Ableton Live and Push 2, using the these as her main production, mixing, mastering and performance tools.
Emily (AKA Emily J Electric) is a performer, musician and DJ with a track record of international shows at festivals (Fusion, Shambala..), and clubs in Berlin (Subland, Urban Spree, Kosmonaut, Cassiopeia, VCF), Paris (Batofar, Glaz’art, Concorde Atlantique) and UK cities. With Ableton Live at the centre of her setup, she plays live flute and EWI and controls custom LEDs to deliver a show electrified with surprises.
Emily runs the Sheffield Ableton User Group and is an experienced tutor / workshop / course leader with a particular interest in bringing audio fun to minority groups. In 2018 she ran the Accelerator program for the music education company Whiise, which involved coaching musicians. All these experiences helped her build facilitation skills and knowledge of how different personality types respond to different mentoring approaches.
Emily’s goal is share her passion by performing uplifting dance music at her shows, and to inspire others to shine, create, and express themselves through her workshops and courses. Full of positive energy, she believes that everyone has a gift to share with the world, and that progress lies in aligning your thoughts and habits with your goals.