Wed, Thu, Fri 4:00 PM: Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences
Daily discussion on the value of a recording technology education.
Wed 4:30pm – Kevin Hearn, the multi-instrumentalist/keyboardist of Barenaked Ladies' fame, and his band Thin Buckle, are set to descend on Austin's SXSW for a two-part festival experience. Hearn's original songs "Diving Board" and "Nightlight" are featured in the film, which was written and directed by Michael Parness and stars David Krumholtz, Natasha Lyonne, Tim Blake Nelson, Lorraine Bracco, David Paymer, and Rosanna Arquette.
Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckle will also be showcasing at SXSW's Music Festival on Wednesday, March 16th at The Drink (325 E. 6th Street) at 9 p.m. Kevin and the band are promoting his latest solo album, "Nightlight," which was released in 2004. The album, which came out on Hybrid Recordings (with distribution by RED) in the United States, is Hearn's third solo album, and yet another opportunity for him to explore musical destinations of his own choosing. Jon Takiff of Philadelphia Daily News said the album showcases “a musically spare, winsome and reflective side,” while Sound & Vision commented: “His gentle pop melodies are alternately perky and wistful, and there''s a quiet resolve in his open-hearted worldview. Rather than curse the darkness, Kevin''s Hearn''s ‘Nightlight'' casts a resilient, determined glow.”
Wed 5:00pm - Waymon Boone (HEADRUSH)
New CA-based rock band fronted by dynamic singer/songwriter/guitarist Waymon Boone, formerly of the group Splender, who's debut album, "Weight of the Water," will be out on DMI in June. Web site: www.headrushband.com
Wed 5:30pm - Jude Johnstone, Artist/Songwriter
Jude Johnstone is an award-winning songwriter whose songs have been covered by a stellar list of recording artists including Johnny Cash (“Unchained”), Bonnie Raitt (“Wounded Heart”), Trisha Yearwood (“Hearts in Armor,” “The Woman Before Me,” “When We Were Still in Love”), Bette Midler, Stevie Nicks and Jennifer Warnes.
Wed 6:00pm KamranV -Universal Music Mobile
Head of Marketing for the newly formed Universal Music Mobile, KamranV continues to shape the music business of the future with mobile campaigns such as the D12/Virgin First Dibs program, Black Eyed Peas/Motorola VIPea program and the mobile marketing for Dr. Dre's new protégé, The Game.
His expertise set the standard for research-driven artist marketing for the entire roster, including such leaders as Eminem, Weezer, and Queens of the Stone Age. With the role of New Media rapidly expanding beyond the Internet, KamranV blazed new trails as the label point person for new technology business developments incorporating Mobile phones, Video on Demand, and new physical formats such as DVD-Audio and Dual-Disc for which he recently served as producer of Beck's "Sea Change," the 10th Anniversary Edition of Nine Inch Nail's "The Downward Spiral," and the upcoming release of Beck's "Guero."
Wed 6:30pm – Wil MasisakMusician & Producer
Credits – Dan Bern, Ruby, Maggie Simpson and others.
Wed 7:00pm - Charlie Boswell, AMD director of Digital Media and Entertainment
Subject matter expert on audio/video technology.
Wed 7:30pm -BARRY DeVORZON (Songwriter – and developer of MasterWriter)
Composer/artist Barry DeVorzon has long been a prominent name in the recording industry. He has had a total of twenty hit records, which he has written and/or produced. He discovered the highly successful group, “The Association,” and developed one of the most successful independent record and publishing companies of that time. He later sold his record company and his publishing company “Tamerlane” to Warner Brothers.
DeVorzon has composed the music for a number of major features, among which are “Bless The Beasts And The Children,” “Hard Times,” “Dillinger,” “The Warriors,” “Ninth Configuration,” “Xanadu,” “Tattoo,” “Looker,” and “Exorcist III.”
Discussion to include a brief presentation of MasterWriter software.
Thurs 4:30pm - Larisa Bryski, Songwriter
Best female vocalist Sacramento Music Award winner last year, whose current album, "Violet," is also on DMI. Larisa is also a vocal coach and will talk about that aspect of the business. www.larisabryski.com.
Thurs 5:00-6:00pm Ronnie Montrose
Guitarist Ronnie Montrose began his career as a backing musician, playing with Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, and Edgar Winter. He finally formed his own band in 1973. Named after the guitarist, Montrose also featured vocalist Sammy Hagar, bassist Bill Church, and drummer Denny Carmassi; they released their debut album in 1974, and Church was replaced by Alan Fitzgerald shortly after its release. Released the following year, Paper Money confirmed the band's status as one of the more popular hard rock acts of their era. However, Hagar was fired after completing the Paper Money tour. Bob James replaced him and keyboardist Jim Alcivar joined the band, yet Montrose's next two albums -- 1975's Warner Brothers Presents Montrose and 1976's Jump on It -- were commercial failures.
Ronnie Montrose broke up the band after the release of Jump on It and began his own solo career with the all-instrumental Open Fire (1978). Montrose then formed another hard rock group, Gamma. Gamma recorded three albums between 1979 and 1982. After they broke up in 1982, Montrose began his solo career again. Alternating between hard rock and jazz-rock, he has released six albums since.
~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
Thurs 6:00 pm Dwight Twilley
As one of the premier innovators of the “power pop” sound, Dwight Twilley''s place in rock history is assured. Not one to rest on his laurels, however, the multi-talented performer continues to dazzle his public with new statements to add to his impressive creative resume. As one of the initial artists to sign on with Digital Musicworks International, Inc. (DMI), the world''s first next-generation music label, Twilley continues to demonstrate those qualities of innovation, a perfect match with the all-digital, full-service imprint. DMI is releasing for digital downloads two new Dwight Twilley projects: a brand new studio album of songs, 47 Moons (his first in three years – due in January 2005); and a holiday EP aptly titled Have a Twilley Christmas out 10/04.
Thurs 6:30 deSoL performance
A perfect balance is a way of life for deSoL, the Asbury Park, NJ “rock band with the Latin soul" signed to Curb Records. This seamless blend of seven inspired musicians is a brotherhood whose heady, polyrhythmic mix of chanted melodies and mystical atmosphere embraces the contemporary edge of big modern rock hooks with flourishes of rap and hip-hop. deSoL''s vibrant and colorful live show – an infectious display that forces audience members out of their seats – has been pivotal in seeing deSoL earn praise in The New York Times, Boston Globe, New York Post and a guest appearance on nationally syndicated The World Cafe radio show. deSoL''s self-titled debut CD will be released in June. The first single, "Karma," will be shipped to Triple A radio March 28 in conjunction with its showcase at SXSW, Austin, TX's world class music conference.
Thurs 7:00 KINKY
Members of the band demonstrate the Native Instrument Rig.
Formed in their entirety in 2000 five piece Latino dance funk band KINKY have emerged from relative obscurity in the desert city of Monterrey, Mexico to a phenomenal worldwide success. With two triumphant albums under their belt and many more tours, soundtracks and award nominations (including not one, not two, but three Grammys) to date, the boys begin 2005 on a very high note indeed.
The original KINKY line-up comprised of Gilberto Cerezo, Ulises Lozano and Carlos Chairez who experimented with alternative genres. Three became five when Omar Gongora and Cesar Pliego joined in early 2000 and everything clicked into place. With such diverse influences as traditional Samba beats to techno and rock 'n' roll, KINKY tapped their resources of rich talent and varied musical styles, to create their distinctive new sound.
By mid 2000 they were gaining a reputation for their unique blend of Latin rock and when Chris Allison, British record producer of Coldplay and the Beta Band, heard them, he decided to sign them to the his Sonic360 group of labels. The deal lead to a licensing agreement for the U.S. and Canada through Nettwerk America and BMG Mexico for Latin America. The rest, as they say, is history. Presented by Native Instruments.
Thurs 7:30 Barry DeVorzon
Thurs 8:00 Paradise Boys
SF band on PrinceHouse records.
Fri 5:00-6:00 Bob Ludwig
Bob Ludwig has long been one of the pre-eminent mastering engineers in the U.S., respected by both musicians and his peers. He's mastered albums by countless major (and minor) groups in every style. Though he was a fixture in the New York mastering scene for many years, for the past several, he's been working out of his own facility, Gateway Mastering, in beautiful Portland, Maine, and he's still attracting many of the best in the business.
Fri 6:00 Peter Klett RedLight Music, Candlebox
If you were listening to rock music in the mid ‘90s, you undoubtedly have some familiarity with Candlebox, the group that became a household name with such hits as Far Behind and You, Candlebox sold well over five million copies of its self-titled debut, on the strength of extensive radio airplay and through high-profile tours opening for Living Colour, Rush, Metallica, and Aerosmith. Headlining arena tours followed, along with two more critically lauded albums, 1995''s Lucy and 1998''s Happy Pills. 1999 brought the demise of Candlebox and the members went their own separate ways. Peter Klett, a founding member of Candlebox and lead guitarist, is back. If you''re looking for the hard rock bombast that was Candlebox, you''ll find it. The band''s self-titled debut on Digital Musicworks International (DMI) was produced by Klett along with Kelly Gray and Steve Thompson. redlightmusic finds Klett singing in addition to the expected role of guitarist, with many of the songs borne out of his battles with substance abuse. However, rather than dwell on the pain of addiction, the songs instead focus on the life perspective gained by overcoming such an obstacle. What has resulted is a triumphant collection of spiritually intense and life-affirming songs that are uplifting without being preachy. He bears his soul on these songs, and the result is candid, open and honest.
Fri 6:30 KamranV with The Nervous Return
The Nervous return''s music and live shows are threatening and electrifying, making you laugh, turning you on and pissing you off, sometimes all within one song. This music is the sound of defiled Hollywood hallucinations, channeling the feral aggression of Iggy''s Detroit, the romantic melancholy of post-punk London, and Bowie''s darkest glam fantasies.
Formed in the spring of 2000 by Jason Muller (guitar/vocals), Anthony Crouse (bass/vocals) and Greg Gordon (drums), the Nervous return (then known as twig) quickly recorded their eponymous five-song EP on their own Psychic Noise Records. the Nervous return toured relentlessly across the West Coast, establishing their reputation for putting on electrifying, high energy, live shows.
Fri 7:00 Will Masisak
Fri 8:00 KINKY
Kinky demonstrate the Native Instruments Guitar Rig live!