Philadelphia - GRAMMY U The Business Of Making Music

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  • Photo By: Alexis Shannon/Philadelphia GRAMMY U Student
  • Photo By: Alexis Shannon/Philadelphia GRAMMY U Student

By: Alex Evans, Philadelphia GRAMMY U Intern

Dave Pettit, Thomas ‘Hazey Eyes’ Michel, and Benjamin ‘iambnjamiin’ Thomas came together for an insightful conversation at The Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Rooftop Garden for our GRAMMY U®, Business of Making Music series. The night’s discussion was moderated by producer and DJ Dan ‘Dilemma’ Thomas. Students arrived early in anticipation for guidance on pursuing careers in music. We even needed to add chairs because of the sizeable turnout.

There was great conversation focused around the world of being a young producer and the key steps in going from hobbyist to pro. Each panelist gave their personal obstacles and experience in the field and it provided an interesting perspective because Thomas Michel and Benjamin Thomas are still in school while respectively working on major label recordings and engineering at one of the larger studios in Philadelphia.

The panelists explained to the audience how they find work, use Philadelphia’s creative influence, and balance their work and personal lives (which Michel admitted wasn’t always easy). Students had the opportunity to ask questions and network following the discussion. The event was extremely informative and beneficial to those who came.

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