Industry Pics: Nashville AES, Tribe Kelley, Kiefer Sutherland

Nashville Audio Engineering Society Holds “Spring Mixer” Competition

The 2018 AES Nashville Spring Mixer winning mixing team from SAE Institute-Nashville: (standing, L-R) Rich Kelly III and Brian Prost with the judging panel (seated, L-R), David Thoener, Dan Shike, Doug Sarrett, Louie Higuera and Chris Mara (Adam Smith not shown).

The Nashville Section of the Audio Engineering Society held its 15th-annual “Spring Mixer” competition on April 19. Area universities and technical schools with audio recording programs were invited to participate in the annual student mixing competition. Participating were students from Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, SAE Institute-Nashville, The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville, and The Blackbird Academy.

The final mix created by each team, using tracks from a recording session of “This Is Me Now” by artist Laura Palumbo, was judged on eight elements, including Fidelity/Sonics, Imaging Width, Image Depth, Mix Balance, Lead Presence, Mix Development, Dynamic Range/Preparation for Mastering and Documentation – completion of page 5 of AES/Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Session Documentation.

The winning team of this year’s competition, representing SAE Institute-Nashville, was composed of Rich Kelly III and Brian Prost. Second place went to Belmont University and the team composed of Jonathan Korzelius, Tanya Orlov and Alberto Sewald. Third place went to The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville and the team of TeDarrius Weekley, Dusty Mahan and Ian Gibson.

The song’s original mixing engineer, John Jaszcz, spoke to the students before the session, making them aware of the sound he was going for on his finished mix, and emphasizing the feel of the song.


Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley And Wife Brittney Launch Denim Line

Florida Georgia Line member Brian Kelley and wife Brittney Marie Kelley launched their new Tribe Kelley Denim line at their Nashville-based Tribe Kelley Trading post on May 2. With local designer Ranger Stitch on-site offering complimentary embroidery, the Kelleys welcomed friends and family to exclusively shop their American-made denim line including vests, jackets, and jeans for men and women. Tagged with their signature teepee logo, the collection features a range of blues and denim styles. Tribe Kelley Denim is also available on


Kiefer Sutherland Celebrates Following Nashville Show

Pictured (L-R): Adkins Publicity’s Scott Adkins, CMT’s Leslie Fram, Tanya Tucker, Kiefer Sutherland, Nashville Grammys Executive Director Susan Stewart, Kiefer’s Manager/Producer Jude Cole

Kiefer Sutherland visited with Nashville industry members after his show at Top Golf’s The Cowan on May 7.



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