SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 11, 2011) — On Saturday, May 7, 2011, The Recording Academy® Pacific Northwest (PNW) Chapter, in partnership with the Producers & Engineers Wing®, Guitar Center Professional, Seattle Weekly and Experience Music Project (EMP), presented the 12th Annual PNW Studio Summit. Held at EMP's JBL Theater and Learning Labs, the day-long event featured panels, song demo critiques and a networking reception with the region's leading recording professionals.
This year's Summit featured input from some of the industry's and area's most successful producers, engineers and business figures, with the keynote presentation from GRAMMY®-winning engineer/producer Ed Cherney (Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, the Rolling Stones) and Rose Mann-Cherney, the President of Record Plant Recording Studios.
After opening remarks by PNW Chapter president Jeff Heiman, the day began with the Local Producer's Panel, led by author and Hal Leonard developmental editor Bill Gibson, and consisting of composer/producer Pete Droge (Stone Gossard, Kim Virant), engineer/producers Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Minus the Bear) and Jack Endino (Nirvana, Mudhoney), and up-and-coming composer/producer Charles Hopper, who shared insights into their personal philosophies and the work styles they've carved out while living in the Pacific Northwest. After lunch, "Keeping the Doors Open: Successful Studio Owners Panel," saw PNW studio owners Geoff Ott (London Bridge), Johnny Sangster (Crackle and Pop!), and Gary Reynolds (Electrokitty), with digital media maven Steve Mack as moderator, delving into what it takes to run a successful studio in 2011. Running concurrently with the studio owners panel was the GRAMMY U® Demo Review Session, in which attendees joined a group of esteemed producers and artists including Martin Feveyear, Ryan Leyva, Jeffrey McNulty and Jonathan Plum, as they critiqued students' recordings and provided them thoughtful feedback on their work and how it could be improved.
The keynote interview, moderated by Seattle producer/engineer/author/educator and Recording Academy secretary/treasurer Glenn Lorbecki, began with a candid conversation with engineer/producer Cherney, who covered the breadth of his career from his early days assisting the likes of Quincy Jones to recording live stadium concerts for the Rolling Stones. Record Plant President and partner Rose Mann-Cherney joined the latter part of the interview, offering big picture industry perspective and revealing insights and advice about what it takes to run one of the world's most famous recording studios. Following the Summit, panelists, speakers and attendees adjourned to the Solo Bar for a reception.
"Over the last twelve years, the Studio Summit has consistently brought high-quality programming to our Pacific Northwest members, and it has become a highly anticipated event," said P&E Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney. "Being able to feature industry luminaries like Ed Cherney and Rose Mann-Cherney, along with informative presentations and outreach to young producers and artists with the GRAMMY U program, make this both an educational and inspiring event."
The Recording Academy's Pacific Northwest Studio Summit is an annual event that gathers together studio owners, engineers, producers and artists for a summit designed to strengthen and promote the Northwest recording industry. The Summit features prominent keynote speakers, Northwest-based panelists and trade tables. Past participants include Steve Albini (Big Black, Nirvana), Larry Crane (Sleater Kinney), Funk Daddy (E-40, Sir Mix-A-Lot), Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden), Glenn Lorbecki (Violent Femmes), Keith Olsen (Heart, Ozzy Osbourne), Nile Rodgers (Mick Jagger, Madonna) and Al Schmitt (Duke Ellington, Diana Krall).
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Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: Keynote moderator Glenn Lorbecki, P&E Wing Sr. Executive Director Maureen Droney, and keynote speakers Rose Mann-Cherney and Ed Cherney, at the JBL Theater during the 12th Annual Pacific Northwest Studio Summit. Photo Courtesy The Recording Academy®. © 2011.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, and aYouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.
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