Music Expo Nashville Announces Full Program Lineup

The Music Expo conference series presented in association with Sound On Sound magazine has announced its program lineup for Nashville’s full day of workshops and talks hosted by SAE Institute on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Music Expo Nashville 2019 welcomes back over 30 speakers including multiple Grammy-winning producers, engineers, songwriters, artists and leading technology brands. Newly added to the lineup are producers and engineers Gena Johnson (Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile), Piper Payne (Third Eye Blind, Madame Gandhi, Geographer), Dave Gardner (Louis Armstrong, Portugal The Man, Bassnectar) and Raelynn Janicke. Newly added music industry leaders include Dead Horse Branding’s Melissa Core-Caballo, MusicRow Magazine’s Sherod Robertson, Average Joes Entertainment’s Nathan Thompson, Oh Boy Records’ Jody Whelan and Navigation Partners’ Peggy Dold.

Keynote speakers and Producers F. Reid Shippen and Jacquire King kick off the event, opening the day with a talk about relationships, reputation and staying alive in the music business. The program will offer tracks covering creative, technology and music business, and acknowledge all stages of music creation with an emphasis on production. Highlights include a streaming panel led by top Nashville industry leaders, a beat-making session, a drum recording clinic, a three-part production series and talks from several award-winning producers and engineers.

Music Expo offers unparalleled access to some of the most successful creators, and is open to the public. Limited tickets are still available starting at $30 by visiting musicexpo.co/nashville.

Newly added program highlights in addition to previously announced include:

Opening Keynote – Relationships, Reputation, and Staying Alive in the Music Business –  F. Reid Shippen and Jacquire King host a discussion moderated by Triple 8 Management’s Alena Moran about fostering meaningful relationships, finding knowledgeable collaborators, developing a successful musical and professional reputation, and how to create a sustainable career through weaving together diverse activities. They will share their personal journeys and explain what it takes to have a successful and creatively fulfilling career.

An Insider’s Guide to Streaming: Playlisting, Best Practices and the Powerful Tools for Artists – Join top executives Beville Dunkerley (Pandora) and Nathan Thompson (Average Joes Entertainment) and Jody Whelan (Oh Boy Records) to discuss the powerful tools available to artists when it comes to streaming, the tips and tricks of playlisting and the various strategies of releasing music. Moderated by MusicRow Magazine’s Sherod Robertson, this powerful panel of label and streaming perspectives will offer up an insider’s guide to the latest trends, common pitfalls and success, and share how artists can leverage and effectively maximize exposure in the current digital landscape.

Drum Recording Techniques with Zach Allen Presented by Leapwing Audio – Great drum recordings take preparation! Simplify the variables in the studio when it comes to capturing the sounds of drums. Grammy-winning Engineer Zach Allen will discuss a variety of techniques and demonstrate mic choice and placement with a live drummer in the studio. This Q&A session will be interactive and highlight the rhyme and reason behind mic techniques, preparation and the various ways to achieve different sounds.

Production Tips and Secrets – In this power-packed class, award winning producer/engineer Robert Venable will share advanced production techniques and secret tips to take your music production skills to the next level. Whether you’re new to the recording industry or already know it all, we’re sure you’ll learn some new tricks to add to your arsenal!  Don’t miss this one!

Ask Me Anything – Acclaimed Mixing Engineers Piper Payne, Shani Gandhi and Gena Johnson will join together for an Ask Us Anything round. Answering Q&A’s from the audience about mixing, the three pros will double down and share their differing approaches and varying techniques and tips!

How to Create Compelling Mixes – What makes the difference between a mix and a compelling one? In this fascinating session, Craig Anderton shares techniques and secrets about how you can grab your listeners’ attention, keep them hooked, and leave them wanting more.

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