On Saturday, April 18, 2015, the team behind Pensado’s Place, the acclaimed weekly web series recognized as the most influential web show for engineers, mixers and producers, traveled to Washington, D.C., for a free roundtable discussion and music event dubbed Pensado Capital Jam.
Presented by The Recording Academy Washington D.C. Chapter and Producers & Engineers Wing
with Studio202DC, the event took place at the historic Howard Theatre, with hundreds of aspiring producers and engineers filling the venue.
Legendary mixer Dave Pensado and co-host Herb Trawick hosted a mega-sized panel of top producers and engineers: Ann Mincieli (Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, Amazing Spider Man 2), Gavin Lurssen (Alison Krauss, T Bone Burnett), Young Guru (Jay Z, Kanye West), Derek Ali (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q), Kuk Harrell (Rihanna, Beyonce, Shakira), Michael Brauer (Coldplay, Calle 13, John Mayer), and Noah “40” Shebib (Drake, Nas, Sade).
This first-ever East Coast Pensado event attracted attendees from all over the world. Music makers and enthusiasts alike were rapt as the seasoned panel of music creators shared insider insights on topics including studio etiquette, the importance of the producer and engineer community’s voice, the GRAMMY® voting process and the general state of the music industry.
The production was brought to life by a team including Washington, D.C. Chapter Executive Director Wendi Cherry; D.C. P&E Wing Committee co-chair Lorenzo Johnson; P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney; Pensado’s Place producer Herb Trawick; and Studio202DC’s Ronald Dixon. Sponsors included The Blackbird Academy, Vintage King Audio, Audio-Technica, RRF, Avid, iZotope, Berklee Online, and G-Technology.
Maureen Droney states, “The P&E Wing supports Pensado’s Place, who has given a voice to producers and engineers through their show, along with Dave and Herb’s additional efforts and endeavors. This event with our Washington, D.C. Chapter was a great opportunity for us to collaborate with the Pensado team and to provide a forum for all of the talented individuals who joined us to share their experiences with the D.C. recording community.”