Santa Monica, Calif. (June 1, 2018) — The Recording Academy™ Producers & Engineers Wing® has had an eventful second quarter of 2018, with two particular highlights held on May 1: Up Close & Personal with Beck in Atlanta, and New Orleans Studio Summit with Don Was and other featured guests.
Up Close & Personal with Beck:
On May 1, The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter, in partnership with the P&E Wing, presented Up Close & Personal with five-time GRAMMY® Award winner Beck at the W Atlanta-Midtown Hotel. Moderated by journalist Tony Paris, the humor-filled and inspirational discussion covered Beck’s experiences from his youth to his current LP, Colors. Just off a sold-out concert the previous night and scheduled to perform at another sold-out show that evening, Beck delighted the standing-room-only audience of Recording Academy members and guests. Following the interview, the afternoon concluded with another information-packed discussion focused on mixing and led by producer/engineer David Barbe, with acclaimed engineers Manny Marroquin, Ebonie Smith and Ben Tanner.
New Orleans Studio Summit:
The same day saw the return of the popular New Orleans Studio Summit. For the past four years the Recording Academy Memphis Chapter and the P&E Wing have teamed up to present the Studio Summit at Esplanade Studios in the Big Easy between the two weekends of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. A keynote conversation with GRAMMY-winning producer, musician, and president of Blue Note Records Don Was headlined this year's event. Music writer Alison Fensterstock interviewed Was in the former Presbyterian church sanctuary that's now Esplanade Studios' Studio A. Was spoke about his formative years in Detroit; producing the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan; and serving as music director for recent tribute shows, the latest of which is Exile On Bourbon St., a Rolling Stones compendium with Ryan Adams that took place May 5 in New Orleans.
Throughout the day, the Studio Summit's other panels included What's The Deal With Metadata? moderated by Bill Wilson, digital programming and industry relations consultant with the Music Business Association; with panelists Maureen Droney, Recording Academy Managing Director, P&E Wing and Recording Technology; and Gebre Waddell, CEO and co-founder of Soundways Inc. Memphis-based engineer/producer Jeff Powell (Afghan Whigs, St. Paul & The Broken Bones) moderated the summit's Developing Your Craft panel, which featured GRAMMY-winning Memphis engineer/producer and Chapter Vice President Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell), and New Orleans-based engineer Emily Eck (Ani DiFranco, PJ Morton, Arcade Fire). Engineer/producer Carl Nappa (Nelly, *NSync) moderated Hip-Hop Production Today, which featured panelists Jimmy Douglass, a Miami-based GRAMMY-winning engineer/producer (Timbaland, Jay-Z, Duran Duran); and Nesby Phips, a New Orleans-based producer and rapper (Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne). The day's offerings wrapped with a tribute to the late Cosimo Matassa, a 2007 Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient who engineered hundreds of R&B and rock and roll classics at his New Orleans studios. The Cosimo Matassa Family Tree panel included Robert Parker, a saxophonist who worked as a session player at Matassa's studio before scoring his 1965 hit, "Barefootin.'" Also participating were Matassa's longtime engineer, Roberta Grace; GRAMMY-winning New Orleans engineer and producer Chris Finney (Dr. John, Harry Connick Jr.); and moderator Ira "Dr. Ike" Padnos, founder of the Ponderosa Stomp music festival and conference.
“We are so proud to be able to offer informative and entertaining regional events like this one to our membership around the country,” stated Maureen Droney. “The New Orleans Studio Summit in particular has become a yearly highlight for the P&E Wing and the Memphis chapter, and we thank all who participated. Atlanta and New Orleans have two of the most vibrant and vital music scenes today, and that excitement was certainly on full display at both events on May 1. Stay tuned for more throughout the rest of 2018!”
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Photo caption 1: Beck addresses the crowd at the Recording Academy P&E Wing / Atlanta Chapter’s Up Close & Personal in Atlanta on May 1, 2018, at the W Atlanta-Midtown Hotel. Photo courtesy of the Recording Academy™. © 2018.
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Photo caption 2: Don Was addresses the crowd at the Recording Academy P&E Wing / Memphis Chapter’s New Orleans Studio Summit on May 1, 2018, at Esplanade Studios. Photo courtesy of the Recording Academy™. © 2018.
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