P&E Wing Monthly Update - May 2014
Producers And Engineers Wing
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April 5 – Atlanta – GRAMMY futureNOW
The Recording Academy® Atlanta Chapter, in conjunction with the Producers & Engineers Wing®, hosted GRAMMY futureNOW at the W Atlanta Buckhead, featuring music industry leaders who provided information on both the business and creative aspects of the industry.
The “Taking Care of Business” panel featured Chris Benner (of Bennett Trasher), Al "Butter" McLean (Kobalt Music Publishing), Jini Thornton (Envision Business Management Group), Rob Parker (CEO Southern Ground), and moderator Mala Sharma (City National Bank).
“Songwriters and Storytellers” included GRAMMY-nominated artist/songwriter/producer B.o.B, GRAMMY-winning songwriter/artist Kristian Bush of Sugarland, songwriter Sue Ennis (Heart) and GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, with musician Brandon Bush (Songs of the Architect) acting as moderator.
The afternoon’s third panel, “Women in Music,” hosted panelists Linda Lorence Critelli (SESAC), Melanie Fiona (GRAMMY-winning artist), Mali Hunter (Tree Sound Studios), Kris Tanner (ROAR Management) and moderator Christine Albert (Chair of The Recording Academy Board of Trustees) who provided the audience with a female perspective of the business.
Closing the day’s program was “Super Producers Panel,” with producers Eric “Rook” Ortiz, Kevin “Colione” Crowe, and Kenny “Barto” Bartolomei of J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Mary J. Blige, Drake), and moderator producer/artist/actor David Banner (pictured above). The group provided their collective perspective on producing, what drives them to create music, and the road they took to achieve their goals.
April 24 – Atlanta – Up Close & Personal with Pretty Lights
The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter, in partnership with The Producers and Engineers Wing and Counterpoint Festival, presented Up Close & Personal with Pretty Lights at W Atlanta Midtown.
A networking mixer kicked off the evening, with DJ Dell Harris showcasing deep house music while members mingled. Atlanta Chapter Senior Executive Director Michele Caplinger then provided welcome remarks and introduced the night’s featured guest, Derek Vincent Smith (a.k.a. Pretty Lights) and the evening’s moderator Native Instruments artist relations manager and GRAMMY-nominated producer/remixer Carmen Rizzo (Coldplay, Tiesto). Smith spoke to the audience about the early developments of his career, including an enlightening discussion of sampling and how it dramatically changed his path. He also stressed the importance of teamwork and trust when working with different instrumentalists, both in the studio and on tour.
Sponsors of the event included pro audio companies JBL Professional, AKG and GC PRO.