Author: Sherife Lindi

Acoustics, Audio & Audience: an interview with Varun Nayyar

The music scene in 2018 is one largely consistent of festivals, consistent touring and blending genres as more and more artists collaborate in booking festival gigs. While many musicians have learned to produce music on their own, engineering and mixing audio for a live performance is a whole different ball game. Acoustics, crowd noise, as well as instrument and microphone levels are just a few of the variables an audio engineer has to be able to be able to command on-the-fly in order to create a successful performance. Experienced audio engineer and producer Varun Nayyar knows this all too...

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Telling a Story That Sticks: an interview with Karolyn Carnie

Screenwriter Karolyn Carnie is at the center of a changing Hollywood landscape that has seen a wave of strong female millennials make their way into the cutthroat industry both through creative tenacity and storytelling. Drawing on real life experiences, Carnie’s stories have emotionally touched script judges and film buffs nationwide, additionally earning her the respect of high profile showrunners like Aaron Korsh, for whom Carnie has worked for on Suits since season four. Making it in Hollywood is no easy feat, but Carnie has been able to network herself and her stories successfully despite the odds. We had the...

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Posthumous Prince Music On the Way

On Friday, those representing the estate of late pop legend Prince announced that previously unreleased material was being prepared to be released. It is rumored that when Prince died in April of 2016, he left behind hundreds of nearly or partially-finished tracks that had never been heard by the public. Speaking with Variety, Prince’s estate advisor Troy Carter was quoted as stating, “I heard some music the other night that was pretty mind-blowing and we’re getting some stuff mixed right now.” While the proclamation of the news sent a shockwave of excitement through Prince fans worldwide, Carter was unable...

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Making it in the Music Scene in 2018

Successful musicians in the new millennium aren’t just multitaskers by coincidence – they are multitaskers out of necessity. Seldom has an industry been so unorganized yet potentially lucrative, so subjective yet competitive as is the music business. Technical producing skills that were once reserved for music engineers using large analog equipment have now been taken up by the musicians themselves as recording software like ProTools and Logic progressively have become cheaper and more effective. Falling album sales since the 90s have made record labels more hesitant to invest money towards heavily advertising signed artists, consequently putting more of the...

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“Zeppelin I” Approaches 50 Years

This week 49 years ago, a ragtag foursome hailing of the outskirts of London released their first album, Led Zeppelin, in the UK with limited expectations.  Completely unknown to anyone in the US, Led Zeppelin chose its name based on an early critic review in which the author ripped the band apart, claiming they would go as far as a “lead zeppelin.”   Obviously this early review, along with negative reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone Magazine, proved to be completely unaligned with youth sentiment across the globe.  Thus far Led Zeppelin has been certified 8x platinum, selling...

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