"Creating the Perfect Demo" Seminar At UCLA Announced

Apr 17, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors


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On May 11, West L.A. Music, Taxi.com and UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies will present "Creating the Perfect Demo," a "must-see" event for songwriters, musicians and music producers. The event will be held at UCLA Dickson Art Center from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Industry experts will explain what it takes to create a hit; how to get discovered; how to get songs placed with major artists, TV and film; and how to generate the contacts needed for success. Attendees will also learn about the latest gear for songwriters from Roland, AKG, Dean Guitars, Auralex and D'Addario. Give-aways and prizes at the event include Auralex studio insulation, D'Addario ChordMasters, Taxi memberships ($300 value/each), Roland T-shirts and free studio time from Klown Records (a $400 value)! The panel discussions are described below:

Panel 1: "Write Hits, Get Them Cut, Go the Indie Route!"
Doug Minnick, VPof Taxi and former EMI publishing director, will guide a discussion on getting your songs placed and making connections in the music biz. Panelists include multi-Platinum songwriter Kashif, Dan Kimpel, indie songwriter Michelle McAffee, and many others.

Panel II: "Develop Your Artistry, Get Noticed, Get Signed!"
Michael Laskow, president of Taxi and former recording engineer/producer, will moderate a panel of top industry experts on what it takes to create songs that will sell and how to capture the attention of an A&R exec. Panelists include multi-Platinum producer Michael Lloyd, John Weakland, director of A&R for Columbia Records, former head of A&R for Epic Capitol and EMI Don Grierson, and more.

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