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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
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.
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