Author: Erica Tuttle

Exploring the Life of a Modern Bassist: an interview with Giovanni Giusti

From KC and the Sunshine Band to Kanye West, bass has been strategically used by artists to create emotion, rhythm and movement. Given that the bass, in many instances, serves as the foundation for a song, bassists are commonly some of the more diverse and talented musicians of a band or group. Giovanni Giusti is one such bass player making waves across multiple regions and target markets through his ability to transcend cultural tastes and language barriers, from touring across China to playing across the seas on an MSC cruise. The talented artist’s repertoire is all encompassing, from jazz...

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From Pen and Paper to the Big Screen: an interview with Vidhya Iyer

Hollywood, and more specifically the stories created, produced and written by those working largely within the famed Los Angeles suburb, have dazzled and mystified audiences for roughly a century. What appears to be a creative and cinematic mecca to most outside the industry is simultaneously one of the most competitive atmospheres currently in existence. Every year flocks of hopeful directors, actors and writers attempt to find a lucrative niche for themselves within the tightly sealed creative space that is Hollywood, but only the most ambitious and motivated succeed in doing so. Vidya Iyer is one such talented screenwriter who...

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Meet Zipline, the Frontrunner in High-Speed Delivery Drones

Zipline, a drone-based logistics business in Davis, California, outpaced FedEx and Amazon to bring the first high-speed delivery drones to market in 2016. The company is now making another splash with announcements of the Zip 2, its new delivery drone capable of traveling 79 mph carrying almost 4 pounds of cargo. Originally composed of tech engineers from Google, Space X, Boeing, among others, the company was started in 2011 to create positive social change. Zip 1, the first generation of the Zipline high-speed delivery drone, was used to deliver blood and other life-saving medical supplies to hospitals around Rwanda,...

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Podcast Listenership Continues to Grow

Podcasts, digital audio programs on the internet distinct from the radio, have exploded among American listeners. A consumer report by Edison Research in late 2017 revealed 112 million Americans have listened to a podcast. According to these findings, 40 percent of all Americans over the age of 12 have tuned into the digital audio movement, matching the 10-20 percent year-over-year growth found since 2015.   The Infinite Dial 2017, Edison Research’s consumer report, showed audience age for podcasts is trending upwards. Previous consumer reports showed the majority of listeners were under the age of 25. This is typical of...

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Entrepreneurship in Audio Engineering: an interview with Dhruv Agarwala

The music scene in the 21st century and the professionals within it have greatly evolved over the last 20 or so years. Musicians, engineers and producers now need to be extremely versatile, and also be able to perform their craft on the go. Dhruv Agarwala is one such audio engineer and producer making waves within the hard-to-penetrate Los Angeles music industry. Agarwala has been invited to speak and perform at TedX events in addition to recording for clients at high profile studios across the country. We had the opportunity to ask Agarwala about what it takes to be successful...

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