Yes, I realize it’s not Grammy season – that passed us a few months ago. However, I’ve recently taken in a couple of great Recording Academy events with the Pacific NW chapter that have gotten Grammies on my mind! The Recording Academy is the group that runs the Grammies if you weren’t aware. Last weekend was a fantastic day long Producer/Engineer Studio Summit which had great panels with insight into the ever changing music business. Keynoted by engineering legend Ed Cherney and his wife Rose (who runs The Record Plant in LA), there were some amazing stories and discussions of where the business has been and where it’s going. It’s definitely a rough road, but passion (and in some cases obsession) seems to still lead to success.
Then on Monday at the beautiful Gibson Guitar showroom in the Belltown area of downtown Seattle was the informational Grammy Awards 101 with VP of the Recording Academy Awards group, Bill Freimuth. Long story short, I now understand the whole process that goes into giving out those little statues, though my chances for getting one is only slightly better now that I may actually submit rather than not at all. I’m really driving to finish up my new album, This Journey, in time to get it into consideration for this year – not that I have any chance in the rock category, but why not? The tough part is that’s a deadline of August 31st…I’ve got a lot of work to do!
Also speaking of Grammies, my podcast guest for this month is Grammy nominated Henta Ellis. We will surely talk about her Grammy experience and lots more so look for that toward the end of the month. She’s also the one who introduced me to the PNW chapter of The Recording Academy, which I have enjoyed being a part of immensely since the beginning of the year. I would highly recommend it to anyone associated with the music business.
Lots of cool stuff still going on – hang with me as I hunker down to get the 2nd half of my album recorded! Thanks for your support and I’ll talk to you again soon…