Pictured (l-r) are the P&E Wing Texas Chapter’s Dan Workman (Committee Chair), Jennifer Vocelka (Project Manager), Christee Albino (Assistant), and Theresa Jenkins (Executive Director); producer Jimmy Douglass; and the Texas Chapter’s Malcolm Harper (President). Photo by Bob Levey/WireImage. Texas (August 29, 2007)–The Recording Academy Texas Chapter and the Producers & Engineers Wing, in partnership with JBL Professional, recently presented The 2007 Texas Studio Tour as part of an ongoing effort to stimulate dialogue and share experiences throughout the music technology community. The professional development series, aimed at beginners and pros, featured successful producer/engineers and offered a look behind the scenes of professional music production.
The three events were held July 24 at Luminous Sound Studios in Dallas, July 26 at Tierra Studios in Houston, and July 28 at the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Austin. In Dallas, music business entrepreneur Sam Taylor moderated the discussion with Mike Clink, whose production and engineering discography has sold more than 70 million records over the last 20 years. Clink spoke about what inspired him to start in the music business, his work with legendary bands like Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, and Van Halen, and his current business model of partnering with up-and-coming bands.
In Houston, engineer/mixer/producer Jimmy Douglass, interviewed by engineer and Texas Chapter P&E Wing Committee Chair Dan Workman, discussed his career from both artistic and business perspectives. Douglass traced how the industry has changed since his earliest days working at New York’s Atlantic Records studios with the producer Tom Dowd and artists like AC/DC, Aretha Franklin, and the Rolling Stones, to his more recent work with Duran Duran, Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliot. Commenting on how music production has both improved and lost some important elements, he emphasized the positive aspects of collaboration with today’s generation of music professionals.
Pictured (front row, l-r) are P&E Wing Texas Chapter President Malcolm Harper, producer/engineer Mike Clink, and Texas Chapter Trustee Chris Bell; (back row, l-r) Texas Chapter Project Manager Jennifer Vocelka, music business entrepreneur Sam Taylor, and Texas Chapter Executive Director Theresa Jenkins. Photo by: Peter Larson/WireImage. Producer/engineer Ken Scott’s presentation in Austin, which coincided with the Summer NAMM Show and was hosted by Texas Chapter President Malcolm Harper, featured a discussion of his early years of apprenticeship at EMI and his work with the Beatles, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Elton John, among others. Scott also offered a technical dissection of several well-known recordings he worked on, including specific techniques and information on the equipment he used.
“This is JBL’s second year as an official Audio Partner of The Recording Academy’s P&E Wing, and the events in Texas demonstrate that our partnership continues to be a tremendous success,” said Peter Chaikin, director of Recording and Broadcast for JBL Professional. “We make a concerted effort to educate the industry about the challenges of accurate monitoring, as well as JBL technologies and solutions. Our partnership with the P&E Wing has enabled us to reach top recording professionals and accomplish our objectives.”
“The Producers & Engineers Wing is privileged to be able to provide this kind of amazing talent for our GRAMMY Professional Development Series,” said Maureen Droney, Executive Director of the P&E Wing. “We’re able to bring professionals with the widest experience to the most receptive audiences across the country. The 2007 Texas Studio Tour illustrates just how effective these events can be.”