Santa Monica, Calif. (April 25, 2016) — On Thursday, April 7, 2016, The Recording Academy® Atlanta Chapter, in association with the Producers & Engineers Wing® hosted the latest "GRAMMY Pro® Up Close and Personal" event at The W Atlanta Buckhead Hotel. The gathering featured an intimate conversation with GRAMMY-nominated producer Butch Walker (Pink, Katy Perry, Weezer) and GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Cobb (Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton).
The evening began with a cocktail reception and mixer, then attendees moved to the W’s ballroom for the program. Atlanta Chapter Sr. Executive Director Michele Caplinger and Chapter President Thom "TK" Kidd took the stage to welcome VIP guests and thank sponsors, followed by Maureen Droney Managing Director, P&E Wing and Recording Technology, who provided an update on the P&E Wing's national initiatives. Following a video montage highlighting Walker's and Cobb's accomplishments, the two took the stage for the main event: a candid conversation and Q&A session with these two recording luminaries. Event sponsors included City National Bank, Delta, DTS, Sean O’Keefe Events and W Atlanta Buckhead.
Walker provided his perspective on the creative process in terms of songwriting and production, noting, "It’s hard to schedule creativity; you just have to let it come when it comes," Walker said regarding his perspective on the creative process in terms of songwriting and production. He additionally offered, "There is no end to failures. There is always going to be a pitfall. Once you overcome the fear of failure, it allows you to get back on your feet. You can't be scared to tackle it and overcome it."
Cobb commented on his recent double-GRAMMY win at the 58th GRAMMYs: "Being there and receiving two GRAMMYs just doesn’t seem real. I left in a daze." An audience question led to Cobb summing up his essential elements for making a record, remarking, "A good song, great talent, and a great studio are how to make a great record."
Maureen Droney stated, "The evening was a total home run. The insight, information and inspiration provided by these hugely successful industry pros is an invaluable resource for our members, and we were glad to see such strong participation. Butch and Dave are dynamic, creative and engaging, and it made for a terrific discussion. Kudos to our Atlanta Chapter and our sponsors for another successful event."
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Photo Caption: L to R: The Recording Academy® Atlanta Chapter Sr. Project Manager Erin Baxter; P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney; producers Butch Walker and Dave Cobb; and Atlanta Chapter Sr. Executive Director Michele Caplinger. Photo © Jolie Loren Photography. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®.
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.