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NAMM 2014 – Sunday – Day Four

Sunday, January 26th – last day at NAMM 2014!  Starting at 9:30 am with a ridiculously amazing one hour demonstration of PG Music’s Band-In-A-Box, the day continued with talking to the Directors of Digital Strategy and Artist Relations from JAMMIT software about doing a series of keyboard videos for them!

Have you checked out the music industry network Numubu?  It’s a great way to stream live concerts.  “Making Money Making Music” – was a terrific panel, led by the top two guys (musician/attorney Paul Quin, and musician/author/educator Dom Famularo) from TheSessons.orgthis panel included Billy Joel’s drummer Liberty DeVitto, and rock drumming legend Carmine Appice.  Jim DeCicco’s “Millionaire Mindset for Musicians” workshop used principles of NLP, metaphysics, and business conditions analysis to get us to shift our mental thinking processes around making more money as professional musicians.

I also had the pleasure of hanging out with sax player Jimmie “Thari” Highsmith (Alicia Keys), vocalist Fatima Razic, electric violinist/vocalist Razz, and sound engineering consultant Doug Gould.

At the Pigtronix booth, I was so blown away by the debut of their new Pigtronix Rototron pedal, I bought one, getting the NAMM convention artist discount!  It will hopefully arrive soon……

Sunday night brought tons of fun hanging out with Tony Antoniou of Psicraft designs and David Lovelace of Packrat Comics and Parallax Music (OMIGOD he’s a shredder)!  We were playing David’s beloved Roland Juno-106, that has now been outfitted with Tony’s Kiwi-106 microchip board and software update.  Videos coming soon……

Andrew Colyer with the new Pigtronix Rototron
Andrew Colyer with the new Pigtronix Rototron – rotary speaker simulator pedal
Roland Juno-106 with Kiwi-106 circuit board installed
Roland Juno-106 with Kiwi-106 circuit board installed
Andrew Colyer with Tony Antoniou (Psicraft Designs)
Andrew Colyer with Tony Antoniou (Psicraft Designs)
Andrew Colyer with David Lovelace (Packrat Comics,  Parallax Music)
Andrew Colyer with David Lovelace (Packrat Comics, Parallax Music)

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NAMM 2014 – Saturday – Day Three

NAMM 2014 – Day Three – it’s half over already!!  Saw an awesome demonstration of one of the coolest keyboards in history – the PianoArc (look for videos coming soon), and got to hang out with the only artist in the world performing on it at the present time – Brockett Parsons (Lady Gaga).  I got to hang out and grow my relationships with jazz musician/composer/producer/author Michael Gallant, rock musician/composer/producer/author Robbie Gennett, and Dave Medd (The Tubes). Dave Medd is also co-owner of Kryptonite Cases, the BEST case company on the planet.  I spoke to guitarist/educator Jesse Gresse and composer/bassist Doug Lunn about opening for their band Mahavishnu Project on some new tour dates!   I also got to see some amazing new in-ear and stage monitoring systems, courtesy of the recent merger between Behringer and Midas.  I had a great time playing the very cool and unique instrument Haken Audio Continuum Fingerboard, even doing a duet on the Haken Continuum with Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard)!

Michael Gallant, Andrew Colyer, and Robbie Gennett
Michael Gallant, Andrew Colyer, and Robbie Gennett
Andrew Colyer, Brockett Parsons (Lady Gaga), and Dave Medd (The Tubes)
Andrew Colyer, Brockett Parsons (Lady Gaga), and Dave Medd (The Tubes)
Ryo Okumoto (Spock's Beard) demoing the Haken Continuum
Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard) demoing the Haken Continuum

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NAMM 2014 – Friday – Day Two

Day Two of NAMM was spent renewing my relationships with Yamaha Musical Instruments, Tony Antoniou of Psicraft Software Designs, Vyzor Software,  Vycro MX Software, Brook Hansen of the Prog Rock Orchestra, Bobby Kimball (Toto),  Arturia and the KeyLab 61, Arturia’s V Collection, Richard Whittington at Sweetwater Pro Audio, Cakewalk and Sonar X3, StudiologicJeff Lorber (jazz/fusion legend), and Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard).  Friday night was the Muse Research Receptor dinner, with fellow artists and sound designer Tim Swartz.

Andrew Colyer with Brook Hansen (Prog Rock Orchestra)
Andrew Colyer with Brook Hansen (Prog Rock Orchestra)
Brook Hansen (Prog Rock Orchestra) demoing the new Arturia KeyLab 61
Brook Hansen (Prog Rock Orchestra) demoing the new Arturia KeyLab 61
Andrew Colyer with Jeff Lorber (jazz/fusion legend)
Andrew Colyer with Jeff Lorber
Andrew Colyer with Ryo Okumoto (Spock's Beard)
Andrew Colyer with Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard)
Andrew Colyer at the NAMM Cakewalk Booth.
Andrew Colyer at the NAMM Cakewalk Booth.

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NAMM 2014 – Thursday – Day One

NAMM 2014 started off with a bang!  I attended workshops by singer-songwriter Ben Folds (stay tuned for video of that presentation), composer and music producer Jerry Gerber,  musician/teacher/producer Keith Hatschek, digital sheet music on your iPad from Airturn, and an awesome workshop on the “New Rules for the Music Industry” by producer Jeffrey Weber.   I also attended a very cool panel discussion on the state of 21st Century Synthesizers with Gerry Basserman, producer/composer/sound designer Edmund Eagan, composer/synthesist Drew Neumann, sound designer and founder/creative director of Spectrasonics Eric Persing, and synthesizer pioneer Dave Smith; moderated by journalist/historian/teacher/performer Mark Vail.

I was very excited to put down a deposit on a new ROLI Seaboard, one of the most expressive keyboards ever made.  I will be one of the first people in the world to own a ROLI Seaboard when they come off the assembly line in fall 2014!

Andrew Colyer with Evan O'Brien, ROLI Head of Artist Relations
Andrew Colyer with Evan O’Brien, ROLI Head of Artist Relations
NAMM 2014 - Day One - the afterglow
NAMM 2014 – Day One – the afterglow

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