Scott Adamson is a touring FOH audio engineer and the founder of The Production Academy, an online school dedicated to helping musicians and sound engineers get the technical knowledge they need to have successful shows.
A California native who has been working in the music industry since the late 1990’s, Scott moved to Iowa with his family in his early teens, and it was there that he started playing the drums. His musical ambitions led him to play in several bands and he slowly developed an interest in the live sound aspect of the shows as well.
Sahir Hanif is a Tour Manager, Production Manager, Industrial designer, creative director, studio drum technician, drummer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Masters of Maple Drums, and Ghost Tech: a full service production and logistics company.
Sahir has taken his experience on the road and combined it with his business acumen to create two very unique and diverse companies within the music business.
Chez Stock is a experienced Tour Manager and Front of House engineer currently on tour with Amanda Palmer. She has toured extensively since 2012, building steadily on her no-nonsense work ethic, and a desire to continuously improve and grow as an engineer.
Anthony Cioffi is a founder/partner in Boulevard Carroll Entertainment Group, one of the largest, full-spectrum backline and production companies in the country. The New York City location alone boasts a full 17,500 square foot facility, and seven state of the art production/rehearsal studios, dance-friendly mirrored/wood-floored rooms, production offices, comfortable lounges, all to meet the needs from anything from an acoustic duo to a full orchestra with room for choreography.
Ryan Philip George is a guitar and keyboard tech and one of the founders of thistourlife.com. Ryan is a graduate of Temple University and got his start in the music business in Philadelphia at Centerstaging in 2001, where he became well versed in all aspects of Backline.
A few short years later he accepted his first touring gig as keyboard/computer tech on Beckʼs Guero tour. Since then, he has been touring full-time for such artists as Jack White, Sigur Ros, Arcade Fire, MGMT, Death Cab For Cutie, Macklemore and more.
Laura Davis-Chanin is a founding member of the band the Student Teachers, and the author of the book about her experiences in the NY punk scene, The Girl in the Back: A Female Drummer's Life with Bowie, Blondie, and the '70s Rock Scene.
Ashley Shepherd is a producer, composer, musician, author and owner of Audio Grotto, a full-service recording studio located in a turn-of-the-century church in Newport, KY.
Ashley’s client list includes Puma, Buffalo Trace, Proctor and Gamble, NFL, Oprah, Seinfeld, Craig Kilborn, and NASCAR. A short list of his film credits include “b-movie,” Three Barbecues, Vino Veritas, Fractured, and 50/50.
Ashley is also part owner in PICTUREMUSIC, a three-way partnership with Ben Davis and engineer Matt Hueneman to create complete audio productions (including original music) for agencies, brands, movie trailers and more.
Chris Wilson is a FOH Engineer based in Dallas, TX. He is officially sponsored by Lewitt Microphones and 64 Audio.
In 2018, he started the Million Dollar Quartet National tour, mixing on an Allen & Heath Dm64 with a Dlive S5000 Surface. He was featured in numerous publications, including FOHOnline Magazine, for his implementation of the Dlive System for this show.
Most recently, Chris and his wife launched ShowPro Beard Co., featuring all natural, non-waxy, beard balms that leave your beard soft, smooth, and nourished.
Erich Miller is the FOH Engineer for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, currently based out of South Philly. He’s a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a degree in Jazz Trumpet performance and a minor in Music Technology.
Erich was first introduced to music at the age of five when his parents bought an upright piano and started taking him to piano lessons. A few years later, he discovered the trumpet, and a path was set that led him to pursue music in college.
Jason “Zito” Zito is an award-winning Production Manager with over 20 years of experience as a touring professional. With almost eighty countries under his belt, extensive vendor relationships, an attention to detail and open communications amongst his crew and artists, he’s operating at the top of his game and able to juggle multiple artists at once.
Arica Rust is a live sound engineer specializing in Front-Of-House systems engineering based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her expertise lies in designing, deploying, and optimizing sound reinforcement systems tailored to the client’s or artist’s needs. She is an expert in L-Acoustics and advanced user in d&b audiotechnik systems. She also has extensive experience as a monitor engineer, mix engineer, stage tech, RF coordinator, and communications specialist.
Mark Agnesi is General Manager of Norman’s Rare Guitars, located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. Mark is an expert on Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Gretsch and Martin guitars, making him one of the youngest authorities on vintage guitars in the world. Since starting at Norman’s in 2009, he has sold guitars to every major name in the entertainment business.
Charles Twilling is an industry veteran with over twenty-five years of experience as a touring professional. He’s been a Tour Manager, Production Manager, Stage Manager, Systems Tech, venue owner, artist liaison, and more.
Heather Bey is a Monitor Engineer and tech from Long Island who currently works at the Space at Westbury Theatre, mixing a range of events from concerts, MMA tournaments, and more.
A graduate from SUNY New Paltz, Heather was inspired to follow her passion for audio and upon graduating, and has worked steadily over the last few years, building her resume, and further deepening a love for her craft.
Chris Selim is a Musician, Producer, Engineer, and educator based just outside Montreal. He is also the founder of one of the web’s best recording resources; Mixdown-Online, where he shares tips, tricks and guides giving you the upper-hand on your recordings. His popular Youtube channel also serves to share his experience and provide the tools you need to make better recordings.
He has produced numerous hit singles for various recording artists including Drake, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Jay Z, 50 Cent, Black Eyed Peas, Young Jeezy, R. Kelly, Brandy, Jay Rock, Trey Songz, Ab Soul, Ice Cube, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Birdman and many many others.
Leo Beattie was at the epicenter of the Detroit rock scene of the late 1960’s, early 1970’s. After leaving his parents house just a year or two prior, and narrowly missing the draft for Vietnam, his first professional job in the industry was as a roadie for the hard-hitting band, the MC5.
Join me as I take the stage with legendary Audio Engineer, Robert “Nite Bob” Czaykowski, and veteran Tour Manager Rich Nesin, as we take a look at two extraordinary careers in the music business spanning the last fifty years.
Both Rich and Nite Bob have deep roots in the industry that start against the backdrop of the late ‘60’s, early ‘70’s, and include such artists as Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Iggy Pop, Steel Pulse, New York Dolls, Rich Robinson, Kiss, Ace Frehley, and Blue Oyster Cult.
Dani Seggewiss is a Monitor Engineer originally from Cologne, Germany, who currently resides in Leeds, in the U.K.
At nine years old Dani went with her mom to see a concert, and upon seeing the monitor and FOH engineers in action, she knew that that was what she wanted to pursue. Not that she had any idea of how to do it or how to start, or even what they were doing, but she knew that whatever it was struck a chord with her, and that she had to follow her instincts.
Juno Black is an audio and video production engineer currently living in her adopted home of Austin, TX.
Originally from Columbia, South America, Juno’s love of music started with the piano, which has remained her first love since the age of nine. From there, she moved on to playing bass guitar, and eventually started playing no local bands, where she also became interested in live sound.
Trace Davis is the owner and founder of Voodoo Amps, one of the premiere, boutique amplifier companies of it’s kind.
Driven by an unrelenting quest for the perfect guitar tone, Trace seeks to free his artists from distraction by “crafting more flexible and reliable ways to achieve great tone with vintage tones as well as high gain while always maintaining articulation and definition at all times.”
Gil Craig is an Audio Engineer and a Sound Designer based out of Wellington New Zealand. As a Monitor Engineer she has mixed for the Phoenix Foundation with the New Zealand Symphony, The Pink Floyd Experience, as well as many other Symphony orchestra productions and concerts.
She is also an accomplished record mixer, with several award-winning albums to her credit including: Trouble on the Waterfront, by the Waterfront Collective, and Circus of Fleas, by Fleabite.
Kim Watson is a freelance sound engineer who’s been focused as a systems tech, monitor engineer, and Front of House engineer since she was in high school. She’s moved quickly up the ranks, earning the respect of her peers.
As the house engineer for Newcastle’s O2 Academy, she works with an incredible selection of artists. Her client list includes The Subways, Blondie, Tom Jones, Shane Filan, UB40, and Emilio Sande.