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Insight: Keyboard onboard, Keyboardmag.com, and other changes

March 3, 2017

I am very excited to be back in the Editor’s chair at Electronic Musician, having written for the magazine since 1998. For the past two decades, I’ve seen first hand how technological innovation has shaped music from the ground up; from the instruments we play and how we learn them to the ways we create, distribute and monetize our work. EM will continue to focus on the essentials of music creation using technology. My goal is to publish articles that help you use the gear you already have, determine which products you need, and navigate the tech changes so you can be successful in finding the level of creativity to which you aspire.

When I joined the magazine as an associate editor nearly 20 years ago, it was also the beginning of a long friendship with an editor at Mix magazine, Sarah Jones. And it’s out of friendship and respect for her work that I want to acknowledge her excellence as a journalist in the music industry, and to personally thank her for the dedication and many long hours she put into this magazine over the years. I know that her strong work ethic, talent, and industry knowledge will lead to exciting new projects in her life.

And while I’m on the subject of change, you can see from the magazine you are holding that we have included selected articles from Keyboard magazine. That is because, this month, Keyboard will transition from a standalone print publication to an online one. As a result, Keyboardmag.com will continue to provide the same editorial focus Keyboard has had for over four decades, providing new articles on a monthly basis, such as interviews, lessons, product news, reviews, and how-to features. But as a web-based magazine, you will get the news quicker, and it will be supplemented with additional video and audio examples.

To spearhead the change in format, we’ve made Jon Regen the Editor of Keyboardmag.com. In addition to being a busy performing and recording artist in his own right, Jon has been a regular contributor to Keyboard for years, and his wide-ranging knowledge of instruments, artists, and the music industry will help make the website a popular destination for keyboardists of every skill level and interest.

Meanwhile, EM will also run articles focusing on the interests of Keyboard readers, such as interviews, lessons, and gear reviews. This month, we have a feature interview with James Poyser: In addition to being the keyboardist for The Roots and on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Poyser is a major-league songwriter and producer for artists such as Mariah Carey, Erykah Badu, and Adele. You will also find Jerry Kovarsky’s column “The Art of Synth Soloing,” which this month examines Joe Zawinul’s playing on classic Weather Report albums.

One thing I didn’t anticipate with the change is that the combined editorial resources of EM and Keyboard have provided me with an even greater pool of talented writers from which to draw. Now you will see Keyboard writers Francis Prève, Jerry Kovarsky, Stephen Fortner, David Battino, John Krogh, Robbie Gennet, and David Bryce joining forces with EM contributors Geary Yelton, Mike Levine, Markkus Rovito, Marty Cutler, Michael Cooper, Steve La Cerra, and Ken Micallef. The results will be a boon to the reader.

However, for us to serve you to the best of our abilities, we need to hear from you. Your ideas and feedback are crucial to our success, both in the pages of EM/Keyboard as well as at Keyboardmag.com. So feel free to write and let me know what you would like to see in these pages and online. Our goal is to bring you the information you need in order to take your work to the next level, whether you’re an artist, producer, engineer, or a combination of the three.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you!

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