DMMC Music University
I’ll be moderating a discussion at the Des Moines Music Coalition’s Music University on October 4.
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
From the Studio to Reality: Pressing Vinyl and CDs and Distributing Your Music
Speaker: Joe Vent (A to Z Media), Christopher Ford (Maximum Ames Records, Des Moines Music Coalition)
Moderator: Tommy Doggett (Guitar Center)
This is your chance to ask every question you can think of about the logistics of making a physical product out of your music and getting it into the hands of your fans. What’re the benefits of producing vinyl or cds in a world in which digital music consumption is overwhelmingly becoming the norm? What should you budget for and consider in the production of your product? Moderator Tommy Doggett (Guitar Center) will lead this conversation with A to Z Media’s Joe Vent and Maximum Ames Records’ Christopher Ford, but come with questions as this will be open to audience q&a throughout.
The DMMC presents Music University, a music industry conference on October 4-5, 2014 at Drake University (Harmon Fine Arts Center and Meredith Hall, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines), featuring panels, forums, workshops, and presentations by national, regional and local music industry experts.
This year’s conference will feature a talk and mini unplugged set from influential reggae rapper, Matisyahu, as well as many other notable speakers including Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar), Dee Dee and Jules of Dum Dum Girls, Adam Hill (Ardent Studios), Alyssa DeHayes (Riot Act Media, formerly of Team Clermont), Joe Vent (A to Z Media), Craig Grossman and David Priebe (Green Room Music Source), and more. Read up about all of our speakers.
Music University provides musicians and industry professionals with resources to grow their careers, while creating an environment to make connections and network with individuals from across the country.
This week, I’m driving to Dickinson, North Dakota to inspire some young saxophonists. “But Tommy, that’s 804 miles away from Des Moines?” Yes, I know but that’s what you do for friends. When I got my first teaching job at Muskingum College, my teacher Greg Banaszak drove out of his way to give a master class and make me look cool. I’m doing the same for Jeremy Wohletz. He’s at a small school like I was but he’s doing some great things like organizing this Single Reed Day and inviting kids from all over the state to visit his school. So, this Thursday, we’re going to nerd out on some clarinet and saxophone music. It’s going to be a full day of workshops, rehearsals and performances. Jeremy and I are each performing and we’re going to perform a duet together: Mad Rush To The End by Charles Savage.
We won. Freestyle won the KIOA Battle of the Bands!!!
I had an amazing night of music that started in a casino and ended in a punk bar.
I played with Freestyle tonight at Prairie Meadows Casino for the KIOA Battle of the Bands along with Gimikk, Bella Soul and Rebyl Road. All of the bands played well and it was so nice to hear a variety of music from so many talented musicians. To our surprise, we won the semi-finals and we’ll compete next Wednesday with Gimikk.
After a lot of great conversations with the other three bands, I raced home and had a quick meal: sautéed mushrooms, asparagus, pepperoni and smoked gouda.
I then ran over to The Vaudville Mews to catch my friends in the Wheelers play. I missed their set but I caught Dressy Bessy and they were amazing. So good. So good. I bought a t-shirt, talked to the band and now I’m home. Pics to follow.