At the upcoming Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing will host a panel on Friday, July 19, 2019, at 1 p.m., titled “The Road to Great Recordings: Meeting Challenges, Overcoming Obstacles” (Music City Center, Level 3, Hall C, 153).
Panelists will include Leslie Richter (engineer; Ben Folds, Dierks Bentley, Kings of Leon) and Dave Way (Grammy-winning producer/engineer; Christina Aguilera, Fiona Apple, Ziggy Marley), with additional panelist TBA. Shannon Sanders (Grammy-winning producer/engineer/composer/arranger; India.Arie, Jonny Lang, John Legend, Robert Randolph) will serve as moderator. Grammy-nominated engineer/producer Jeff Balding, known for his work with a wide array of music icons including Don Henley/The Eagles, Taylor Swift, Maren Morris and Megadeth, helped organize the panel and hand-selected the panelists and moderator.
Balding remarks, “The P&E Wing has made its Summer NAMM panel an annual event. We view it as a great opportunity to share perspectives and knowledge straight from some of the most successful Nashville-based producers and engineers working today. This year’s offering has the subtitle ‘Meeting Challenges, Overcoming Obstacles,’ and attendees will get an informative and entertaining look at the different ways these studio professionals approach problem-solving and new technologies.”
Sanders adds, “This is an opportunity for producers and engineers to ‘talk shop’ and exchange stories, methods and unique practices with each other and with attendees. I find that everyone does things a little bit differently, and the most interesting conversations between producers and engineers are when they can compare approaches and share fresh techniques. I am really looking forward to getting deep with these panelists and discussing what works for them in overcoming obstacles on projects, whether it’s budgetary concerns, problems with personnel, things not quite ‘gelling’ in the moment—even though the clock is ticking— and any number of other issues. I have always said that producers and engineers should strive to be excellent problem-solvers, and that’s what this panel is going to explore in detail.”