In association with Sound On Sound, Music Expo, the multi-city conference series for music creatives, has announced details of some of the seminars and workshops that will be taking place at their next event, which is being held at the SAE Institute's Nashville college on Saturday September 21 (see the original SOS announcement). There's the usual enticing mixture of production workshops led by award-winning producers and engineers, music business seminars chaired by key record company executives and equipment-focused demo and technical sessions run by leading hardware and software companies. For a brief flavour of what previous Music Expo conferences have been like, check out the video below.
Seminars and workshops taking place at Nashville include the following (others are still being confirmed):
• The music producer's process, studio and community
Top producers including David Kalmusky, Hayley McLean, Bobby Holland, Tim Lauer and Shani Gandhi discuss workflow, key equipment, and the role of producer in managing collaborations, creative egos and client expectations.
• Overcoming creative blocks in your DAW
Creative Software specialists Steinberg teach ways to use a DAW to unlock creativity, explore new chord progressions, and quickly create engaging arrangements.
• Developing a vocal identity in the studio
Producer/Engineer Jonell Polansky reveals how to obtain the best-possible vocal performances in the studio, and how to help artists create a unique vocal sound.
• Artist branding and marketing
Top music executives (Valerie Pensa and Shani Fuller Tillman of RCA Records, Gina Miller of Entertainment One and Peggy Dold of CEO Navigation Partners) discuss the differences between branding and marketing and how they relate to the development of your artist career or producer brand.
• Making the connection between engineer and vocalist
Engineer Neal Cappellino and vocal coach Laura Donohue share their differing perspectives on getting the best vocal performances.
• Artist development: the producer's perspective
Producer/Co-writer Femke Weidema (Babyface, Liz Rose, Mary J Blige) will discuss the ins and outs of artist development from the producer's standpoint.
• Arranging & recording strings, woodwind, brass & vocals
Grammy-nominated producer Matt Leigh hosts a series of three workshops to cover arranging and recording for strings, brass and woodwind, and vocals, right down to equipment choices, mic placements, processing and mixing
• Desert island gear: mastering edition
Infrasonic Mastering Engineers Pete Lyman, Dave Gardner, Daniel Bacigalupi, and Piper Payne look at the mastering tools they can’t live without, demystifying lathes, speakers, transfer consoles, and the mastering room itself.
At the time of writing, tickets to Music Expo Nashville are still available from the link below priced at $30 each, but there aren't too many left, so move fast if you'd like to attend! If you can't make it to Nashville, Music Expo will return on November 9-10 for a two-day event in San Francisco — details and key attendees are expected to be announced soon.