Up Close & Personal with Just Blaze & Salaam Remi Recap

Andrew Barber

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    Just Blaze and Salaam Remi shared knowledge from their extensive experience in the industry.
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    Fake Shore Drive creator and owner Andrew Barber begins the conversation by asking Just Blaze and Salaam Remi about the future of the music industry.
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    Salaam Remi, Andrew Barber, and Just Blaze pose together before the event.

On October 7, 2014, the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy welcomed Grammy-nominated producers Just Blaze and Salaam Remi to the Windy City for a one-of-a-kind discussion of "How to Survive and Thrive In The Music Industry." 

The event was hosted by the P&E (Production & Engineering) wing of the chapter, and was moderated by Chapter Board Member and Urban Task Force Chair Andrew Barber. Just and Salaam discussed a wide array of topics including the current climate of the music business, the changing of record labels, current equipment and gave some very beneficial advice for up and coming artists.

The conversation left the crowd of almost-200 on the edge of their seats throughout the event, which was attended by current members, Grammy U students, and industry VIPs interested in joining the chapter. Many new members were signed up before exiting the venue, and all in attendance could agree on one thing: they learned a ton.

Just Blaze and Salaam Remi left the crowd with many lessons, including using your ears as your secret weapon while in the studio, not being scared to give away your music for free in order to be discovered, and also shared many war stories of working with such legends as The Fugees, Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas and Amy Winehouse. The crowd was also able to ask the guys their own questions using the event hashtag - #CHIUpClose

It truly was an event to remember. 

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The Recording Academy is the preeminent organization for musicians, producers, engineers and other music professionals. Our mission is to advance artistic and technical excellence, work to ensure a vital and free creative environment, and act as an advocate on behalf of music and its makers.

Our members have access to live events all around the country, as well as 24/7 access to the GRAMMY Pro library of video and editorial content, which explores the industry and craft of music.

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