On Saturday, April 18, 2015, the team behind Pensado's Place, the acclaimed weekly web series recognized as the most influential web show for engineers, mixers and producers, traveled to Washington, D.C., for a free roundtable discussion and music event dubbed Pensado Capital Jam. Presented by The Recording Academy® Washington D.C. Chapter and Producers & Engineers Wing® with Studio202DC, the event took place at the historic Howard Theatre, with hundreds of aspiring producers and engineers filling the venue.
Legendary mixer Dave Pensado and co-host Herb Trawick hosted a mega-sized panel of top producers and engineers: Ann Mincieli (Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, Amazing Spider Man 2), Gavin Lurssen (Alison Krauss, T Bone Burnett), Young Guru (Jay Z, Kanye West), Derek Ali (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q), Kuk Harrell (Rihanna, Beyonce, Shakira), Michael Brauer (Coldplay, Calle 13, John Mayer), and Noah "40" Shebib (Drake, Nas, Sade).
This first-ever East Coast Pensado event attracted attendees from all over the world. Music makers and enthusiasts alike were rapt as the seasoned panel of music creators shared insider insights on topics including studio etiquette, the importance of the producer and engineer community’s voice, the GRAMMY® voting process and the general state of the music industry.
The production was brought to life by a team including Washington, D.C. Chapter Executive Director Wendi Cherry; D.C. P&E Wing Committee co-chair Lorenzo Johnson; P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney; Pensado's Place producer Herb Trawick; and Studio202DC's Ronald Dixon. Sponsors included The Blackbird Academy, Vintage King Audio, Audio-Technica, RRF, Avid, iZotope, Berklee Online, and G-Technology.
Maureen Droney states, "The P&E Wing supports Pensado's Place, who has given a voice to producers and engineers through their show, along with Dave and Herb's additional efforts and endeavors. This event with our Washington, D.C. Chapter was a great opportunity for us to collaborate with the Pensado team and to provide a forum for all of the talented individuals who joined us to share their experiences with the D.C. recording community."
About The Recording Academy: Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY® Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.
About The Producers & Engineers Wing: Currently more than 6,500 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.