Pictured (l-r) are Glenn Lorbecki,
Maureen Droney, Johnny K, Lizzy
Moore and Ben London. Photo
courtesy of The Recording Academy;
Photo by WireImage.com ©2009.
Santa Monica, CA (April 16, 2009)–On April 4, the Recording Academy Pacific Northwest (PNW) Chapter, in partnership with the Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing, Guitar Center Professional and Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP), presented the Pacific Northwest Studio Summit ’09.
The JBL Theatre at the EMP hosted a day filled with panels, shared technology and networking among the region’s top audio professionals. This year’s Summit featured input from some of the area’s most successful producers, engineers and mixers, including Martin Feveyear (Mudhoney, Blue Scholars), Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Soundgarden), Stuart Hallerman (Alice in Chains, Modest Mouse), Mike Jones (Death Cab for Cutie) and Geoff Ott (Nickelback, Melissa Etheridge).
To meet the demands of the current industry landscape, technology and music topics were discussed within the context of how the business of recording music is fundamentally changing. The event’s first panel, moderated by producer, author, educator and PNW Chapter Governor Bill Gibson, underscored this theme, as Feveyear, Fisk, Hallerman, Ott, Johnny K and GC Pro’s Steve Palermo discussed the challenges facing the industry and the methods by which these individuals approach the music business.
Observations on those topics and others were also presented during an hour-long, one-on-one feature interview between Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind, Plain White T’s), and PNW Chapter Governor Glenn Lorbecki. Senior Executive Director of the P&E Wing Maureen Droney interviewed the event’s keynote speaker, Roy Thomas Baker (The Cars, Guns N’ Roses, the Rolling Stones, Smashing Pumpkins, Queen). Baker shared insightful and often humorous commentary on his long career, set to presentation featuring audio and video clips from various stages of his career.
“The Studio Summits have always helped keep the Pacific Northwest Chapter and our other Chapters at the cutting edge of technology,” said Droney. “In recent years, they’ve gone beyond that, bringing forth experiences, ideas and approaches about how to handle the changing business and economic climate in the recording industry. Furthermore, during times like these, the Summits also help reinforce the sense of community that the P&E Wing has always worked to create, and that was illustrated clearly and happily on this day. We look forward to continuing this series of events coast to coast throughout the Recording Academy’s 12 Chapters.”
The Recording Academy’s Annual Pacific Northwest Studio Summit brings together studio owners, engineers, producers and artists for an event designed to strengthen and promote the Northwest recording industry. The Summit features a prominent keynote speaker, Northwest-based panelists, and trade tables. Past participants include Steve Albini (Nirvana, Big Black), Larry Crane (Sleater-Kinney), Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden), Funk Daddy (E-40, Sir Mix-A-Lot), Glenn Lorbecki (Violent Femmes), Keith Olsen (Ozzy Osbourne, Heart), Nile Rodgers (Madonna, Mick Jagger), and Al Schmitt (Diana Krall, Duke Ellington).
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