I’ve been to a lot of conferences, but nothing music-related before. John’s old band had played Gullifty’s during MMC a few years ago, but hadn’t hit up the breakout sessions, networking, etc held at the Raddison. We were pleasantly surprised to find as well as meet a LOT of people - all who shared similar drive, passion, and desire.
I’m just going to hit the standouts of who we spoke with - there are more - we walked away with a lot of new friends… but these are just the ones that John and I spent the ride home together talking about.
First and Foremost, the gals over at PA Musician have been nothing short of saints to us - they had a really cool room set up in the side-area of the lobby at the convention center and were hosting an open-mic, which was really cool. Saw a high-school aged all-girl punk band there, and a few others while we were floating around (pictures attached). They really did us a solid by getting us into the center spread of the magazine this month and we really tried to make sure that they knew how much we appreciated it.
We talked for a while with Howard, the CEO/Principal at Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center. He’s got a really, really cool thing happening at P5 - not only are they drilling down on all the usual suspects of musical instruction… from theory to technique, etc. But they’re also making sure that artists that they mentor who have a bent for the live performing arts are also good performers. I’ve been in bands where we just got lucky and had charismatic and stage-aware performers in the band, but when you’re starting out, executing the songs can be hard enough, and having someone to help guide your stage presence and mature you as a performer can be invaluable. We look forward to talking with Howard again, as well as some of the other staff there to see how we can help each other moving forward.
Jason over at Full Tilt seemed to be having a good time, too. Full Tilt Productions is his recording studio, and we chatted for a while about how much has changed in the past 10 years for artists, but that a lot has stayed the same, too. He said that there wasn’t any one kind of music (in terms of genre) that he preferred to work with, and we can understand and respect that.
We didn’t get a chance to link up with Loren Weisman, because he was busy mentoring musicians that had come to talk to him. He says that he’s not an expert - but people came from all over to talk to him for 10 minutes. We bought a copy of his book, and realized that a lot of the same things that he’s telling people to do in this video are things that we’ve been discussing ourselves for a few months now. Plus, it looks like that video was done in just one take, which is kind of cool.
There were dozens more that we talked to - and you’ll be hearing from us again about it - but those were just the ones that were front of mind after about half-week since Saturday. More after the break.