There is so much to see and do at the NAMM Show, what with all the new gear, incredible concerts, product demos, giveaways around every corner and such, that it’s easy to forget there’s some amazing educational events here as well. Whether you’re looking to up your game in live sound or recording, NAMM serves up the chance to not merely rub elbows with legendary producers and engineers, but also learn from them in a variety of settings. Here’s just a few that caught our eye:
The Power of Podcasting
Friday, January 17, 2020 — 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hilton, Level 2, California Ballroom A
Join hosts from some of the top podcasts in the industry as they take you from inception to launch and beyond. Hear their personal journeys as they organically grew audiences and learned how to navigate the world of brands and sponsorships. The session will be moderated by Larry Milburn, host of Roadie Free Radio, and panelists include Fela Davis (The Art of Music Tech Podcast), Lij Shaw (Recording Studio Rockstars), Chris Graham (The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast) and Matt Boudreau (Working Class Audio).
Finneas O’Connell on Recording Billie Eilish and More!
Friday, January 17, 2020 — 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hilton, Level 2, California Ballroom B
During the last year, journalist Steve Baltin has conducted multiple interviews with Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter FINNEAS. Join the two of them for what is sure to be a fascinating and fun conversation on being in the center of a pop phenomenon, touring, songwriting, producing and releasing his debut EP, Blood Harmony.
Hilton, Level 4
The AES Academy is presenting great education offerings throughout the entire show (a separate registration and fee is required), with classes like “Secrets of Nearfield Monitoring With Carl Tatz and Robb Wenner,” (Thursday, 4PM) “SoundGirls Mentoring in Recording Arts With Leslie Ann Jones” (Thursday, 1PM) and “Wireless IEMs and Spectrum Update With Karl Winkler and Mark Frink,” (Friday, 11AM) among others. It’s all going on at the Hilton, Level 4.
Stories Behind the Sessions
Harman Professional Solutions, Booth 14508
Whether you’re an aspirational engineer or a seasoned production professional, make sure to stop by Harman Professional Solutions when KLOS radio personality Christian Hand interviews top producers and engineers, taking apart classic tracks with them. Thursday sees engineer Toby Scott dissect Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” (1PM) and Evil Joe Barresi talking over Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage,” (3PM) while Friday will blow up RATM’s “Killing in the Name” with producer GGGarth Richardson (1PM) and explore the exacting drumming of Rush’s Neil Peart via drum stems from across his career (4PM)—and that’s just a few of the offerings.