Music Expo Nashville Announces Additional Panelists

Music Expo Nashville, set for Sept. 22, has announced some additional speakers to its lineup of Grammy award-winning producers, engineers, songwriters, artists and industry leaders. Newly added speakers include Keynote Speaker and Producer F. Reid Shippen (Kenny Chesney, Cage The Elephant, OneRepublic), Nashville’s first-ever female record Producer Gail Davies (George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson), Forest Fire Gospel Choir Band Drummer Dan Closser, Film Director Jessica Fenton, Producer Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Indigo Girls, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Rachael Yamagata), Mastering Engineer Pete Lyman (Chris Stapleton, Fall Out Boy, Weezer), Producer Daniel Tashian (Kacey Musgraves, Josh Turner, Martina McBride) and Artist Hanna Duff.

Panelists will offer in-depth discussions about everything from songwriting, developing a vocal identity, and breaking into the music industry to fine-tuning a production mix and how to brand and market a creative project and distribute it to the masses. Newly added program highlights include:

Music Creation in Pro Tools – Electronic Music Producer/Avid Pro Audio Team Leader Greg “Stryke” Chin will discuss music creation workflows using Pro Tools 2018.

Women In The Music Industry – Coined as Nashville’s first female record producer, Gail Davies will share personal experience as a backup singer, record producer and songwriter. The discussion will be opened up for questions, and she will later sign autobiography The Last of The Outlaws.

Huge Drums, Tiny Room – Discover the tools, tricks, tips and techniques behind crafting larger-than-life drum sounds when working in a small room. The Tracking Room’s Head Engineer, Matt Leigh will cover topics from selecting the right gear to signal processing and mixing without the need for sample replacement. Forest Fire Gospel Choir’s Dan Closser will share an in-studio demonstration.

Artist Development From the Producer Perspective – Producer and Songwriter Femke Weidema will discuss sourcing talent on the web, finding a budget with limited resources, developing and nurturing an artist, and pulling a team together.

Behind the Scenes of the Proof In Music Video Series – Jessica Fenton will share why this all-women, music production series was started, who’s being featured, and why it’s so important in today’s recording studio culture.

Mastering Audio: From Recording Studio to Pressing Plant – Mastering Engineer Pete Lyman (Chris Stapleton, Fall Out Boy, Weezer) will discuss the creative process behind digital mastering, and the process of vinyl record production.

The Skill of Wonder – The elements which cause us to be most (wonderfully) self-forgetful and temporarily transfixed are, arguably, a foundational part of making/recording music. From EQing a vocal, to marketing a record, to not being miserable in our lives and work, we’ll consider the question of, “Is there anything to be learned or benefited from “training” in this way as much as any other skill used in the creative process?

The Producer In The Writing Room – Nashville’s newest generation of Producer/Writers; SE Berrios, Tony Esterly, Dave Pittenger and Daniel Tashian will discuss the evolution of songwriting and producing, and how the craft is being redefined in Music City. The panel will be moderated by Producer Femke Weidema

The initial round of speakers were announced previously and can be found here.


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