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Behind the Console: 10 Women Sound Engineers Changing The Game
Guest post by Leticia Trandifir of Landr

When it comes to technical jobs in audio, women often need to work twice as hard.

Not because they’re less capable. Rather, the boys’ club of audio production often doubts their talent to begin with.

Historically, girls have been denied or discouraged from pursuing technical jobs in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. When they do, they’re often held to a much higher standard and expected to continually prove their worth.

But the tables are now turning. How do we keep changing the imbalance—and give credit where credit is due?

Get to know the women who are doing exceptional work—they exist and they’re killing it across genres. Give credit to the work of women working both in front and behind the scenes in audio production. Treat your females colleagues in the audio industry with respect—create a collegial environment. This will inspire a new generation of girls to enroll in audio engineering programs and make tomorrow’s hits.

Meet the visionary women behind the sound of Jay-Z, Prince, Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Jamie xx, Pearl Jam, Sia, Timbaland and more.

1. WondaGurl

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Ebony Oshunrinde a.k.a WondaGurl is a beatmaker and producer from Brampton, Ontario.

A video of Timbaland in the studio inspired nine year old Ebony to teach herself how to produce. After winning Battle of the Beat Makers at 16, she sent a beat to Travis Scott. Next thing she knew, the rapper was calling to let her know her production was going on Jay–Z’s record next record. WonderGurl became one of the youngest women to have production credits on a platinum hip-hop record— Jay-Z’s Magna Carta:Holy Grail.

Since then she hasn’t been resting on her laurels. She’s part of the crew who made Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” one of the Best Tracks of 2015. She produced two Travis Scott records: Rodeo and Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. She also made SonReal’s “Money Money” and Jahkoy’s “Odd Future.”

2. Susan Rogers

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Susan Rogers’ first sound engineering gig was with none other than Prince in 1983. After he came back from tour, Rodgers repaired Prince’s tape machine and got his studio up and running. The rest is history. She went on to work on Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Sign’O’The Times, The Black Album and others.

Rodgers worked as an engineer, mixer and producer for other artists like the Jacksons, Barenaked Ladies, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Violent Femmes and many more.

Recently, she pursued her dream of becoming a scientist. Rodgers got her PhD in music cognition and psychoacoustics from McGill University, exploring the subject of auditory memory. She now teaches at Berklee College of Music, where she runs the Berklee Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory.

3. Mandy Parnell

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Mandy Parnell is a British mastering engineer who gets visits from the Chemical Brothers, Max Richter and Brian Eno when they want to get that finishing touch on their records.

Parnell hasn’t had an easy time getting there. After running away from home at a young age, she lived on the streets for a while. One day, her friend took her to his workplace: Richard Branson’s Oxford studio The Manor. It clicked instantly, she wanted to be behind the console for the rest of her life.

Her credit list is nothing short of impressive: Syro by Aphex Twin, In Colour by Jamie xx, Vulnicura by Björk, Love Streams by Tim Hecker, Metals by Feist, Drums Between the Bells by Brian Eno, Coexist by The xx, and a whole lot more. Parnell runs her own mastering studio called Black Saloon Studios.

4. Shani Gandhi

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Shani Gandhi was born in Singapore and raised in Australia. When she found out about sound engineering as a field, it all clicked. “I can take my hobby and my scientific background and put that together” she told The Tennessean. She graduated from the Performance and Sound Recording Technology from Ithaca College.

Look into engineering credits of current bluegrass and Americana artists, and you’ll likely find Shandi Gandhi. Those include artists such as Alison Krauss and Parker Millsap, along with several Sarah Jarosz records. She also mixed Kelsea Ballerini’s hit single “Peter Pan.”

Gandhi’s work was nominated for ‘Best Engineered Album’ at the 2017 Grammys for Sarah Jarosz’s album Undercurrent. David Bowie’s Blackstar and Prince’s Hit N Run Phase Two were also nominated in the same category.

5. Karrie Keyes

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Karrie Keyes has been Pearl Jam’s monitor engineer for two and a half decades. What’s a monitor engineer? The person who adjusts the sound in the band’s monitors for live performances.

Over the years, Keyes’ adapted the design of the monitoring system to make sure the band hears exactly what they want.

As a teenager, Keyes was a punk fan who went to lots of shows. It was at a Black Flag show that she met a sound engineer who hooked her up with a gig.

The constant travelling and her passion for sound is what keeps her going. Her takeaway? “Everyone’s had a mentor, a teacher, a guide” she told NPR. Keyes recently co-founded Sound Girls, an organization that helps train and support women in audio production.

6. Melbeatz

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German producer Melanie Wilhelm a.k.a. Melbeatz came of age in the Berlin graffiti scene of 80’s and 90’s. Her love for music grew out of listening to Grandmaster Flash mixtapes and crate digging on her trips to the United States. Upon meeting rapper Kool Savas, she started getting the hang of hardware samplers.

Her beats ended up on Shadow, Fuat and Kool Savas’ records—all German rap classics. In 2004, she made the album Rapper’s Delight. It featured a mix of German and American rappers like Mobb Deep, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Tha Liks. It also included the track “Oh Oh” where a young Kanye West raps on her beats.

Her advice? “All you can do is produce, produce, produce. If you really want to be part of the scene, then you’ll make it at some point.” she told Broadly.

7. Crystal Caines

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Crystal Caines is the Harlem producer behind A$AP Ferg’s early hits. Both connected on a deep level, and reversed the usual female singer/male producer dynamic. She engineered “Work” from A$AP Mob’s Lords Never Worry mixtape and “Shabba” from Ferg’s Trap Lord.

Caines produced tracks for T.I, Wale, B.O.B, and Maino with her production trio The Understudy.

Crystal Caines is now working on her own tracks, putting out records and collaborating with colleagues like Trakgirl and WondaGurl.

Her vision? “I focus on creating the new and not creating the old… I want to move the culture forward by being who I am” she told HipHopDX.

8. Marcella Araica

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Marcella Araica is part of the select crew of producers, mixers and engineers that Timbaland works with on the regular.

She’s worked on Missy Elliott, The Notorious B.I.G., the Pussycat Dolls, Nelly Furtado, Britney Spears and so many more.

Acraica studied Audio Engineering in Florida, before interning at the Hit Factory in Miami and working her way up to Assistant Engineer. Meeting Missy Elliott and Timbaland was her big break. Engineer and mixer Demacio ‘Demo’ Castelleon took Araica under his wing and became her mentor.

Araica told Sound on Sound: “Recording is an art in its own right, but mixing is where it’s at for me. When I was an intern I would sneak into the studios when they weren’t used and I’d put up anything I could bring in, and I’d just practise and practise and practise. Then I’d go back to my car and listen and I’d learn from that.” Take note!

9. Trina Shoemaker

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Trina Shoemaker is a sound engineer, record producer and mixing engineer with three Grammy Awards already on her resume.

After becoming Daniel Lanois’ apprentice (think U2 and Brian Eno), she got her first Grammy in 1998 for Best Engineered Album on Sheryl Crow’s The Globe Sessions.

From then on, Shoemaker worked very closely with Sheryl Crow, mixing and engineering practically all of her discography.

She also produced and engineered many Queens of the Stone Age records, as well as Shakira, Joe Cocker, Nanci Griffith and countless more.

10. Emily Lazar

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When it comes to Grammys, Lazar has been paving the way for women in mastering. She was the first female mastering engineer nominated for:

Album of the Year in 2012 for Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light
Record of Year in 2015 for Sia’s Chandelier
Best Engineered Album in 2016 for The Bird And The Bee’s Recreational Love
Lazar owns and runs a mastering studio in New York City called The Lodge. She’s worked on more than 2000 albums, with names such as David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Coldplay, Madonna, Lou Reed, Sia and many more.

When she’s not busy making top records sound amazing, she regularly speaks at colleges to inspire more young people, especially women, to pursue a career in the technical side of music.

The Tables Are Turning
It’s pretty obvious that there are tons of women in music who are crushing it on stage. But we hear less about the women doing the technical work behind the scenes.

Changing the male dominated world of audio production and sound engineering starts by highlighting the amazing work that women do in those fields everyday. These women gives examples to look up to for the next generation of girls. It shows them that this can also be you.

The message is clear: women have contributed to this field both in front of and behind the mixing consoles. We want to hear more of them!

Leticia Trandafir
Leticia is a DJ and music maker with a love for 303 basslines. Writer and Community Manager at LANDR.


HorizonVU Music and Belushi’s Paris Canal announce the launch of the HorizonVU Music – Belushi’s Acoustic Showcase For Women In Music. The object of the series is to make a positive statement on behalf of women in music by featuring the best nationally and internationally accomplished women performing music covering the spectrum from whimsical folk to alternative acoustic rock.

The venue is Belushi’s Paris Canal http://www.belushis.com/bars/paris/canal catering to the upscale university and young work crowd. Frequented by the after classes-after work segment, it sits on one of the canals running through Paris making it exceptionally attractive. The showcase is clearly an opportunity for female musicians to showcase their work for a generally young, vibrant audience.

Every effort possible is going into ensuring the series builds in popularity and has considerable longevity. We’ve currently booked for the fall and look forward to scheduling performances during the winter months!

For information concerning future concerts and participation contact decibels@horizonvumusic.com.

6 June Stay Local
12 July Marca Cassity
22 August Jane DeCuir
29 August Jackie Paladino
6 September NED
10 October Mary Kay Mass
31 October Juni
15 November Sumana

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FNAC Live 2017 – 6 – 8 July – Hôtel de Ville

The FNAC-sponsored annual outdoor music event held in the heart of Paris distances itself from its peer festivals in that it offers music-lovers a string of buzzing concerts featuring artists who represent the best in modern French music, all for free. Each year, the music retailer giant FNAC assembles an impressive line-up of talented artists – from up-and-coming mavericks to established musical veterans – to the 4th arrondisement’s historic Hôtel de Ville district for riotous festivities and sonorous music spanning 4 nights during the first week of July – following a 5pm to midnight schedule. The event promises a series of electrifying musical performances from the likes of firebrand Julien Cleric and the talented darlings of record label Label Microqlima (The Pirouettes, Fishbach, Mémé Tan etc) on the festival’s opening night, to an eclectic assortment of artists (Juliette Armanet, Albin de la Simone, Tim Dup…) on the remaining nights. The jam-packed festival schedule will also feature concerts held at the smaller, more intimate venue of the Salon des Arcades for those festival-goers seeking a more relaxed, subdued festival experience – for more information about the highly-anticipated live event, click here!


ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2018

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The European Independent Film Festival, one the World’s most distinctive independent film festivals, encouraging innovation and creativity and showcasing great films to audiences who appreciate and love independent cinema, announces its call for submissions for 2018.

ÉCU’s mantra is to Discover, Project and Promote the World’s Best Independent Films and we are actively seeking innovative, absorbing and original independent films across our fourteen categories.

For the last 12 years ÉCU has passionately promoted independent filmmaking and has expanded its presence on a global scale with screenings in over 20 countries annually. ÉCU is often referred to as the European equivalent of Sundance, an honour that we don’t take lightly.

ÉCU offers independent filmmakers the opportunity to express their cinematic narratives in the most compelling ways possible. Filmmakers who compete in ÉCU’s Official Selection join an active community of exceptional creatives who continually push the boundaries of cinema.

Cinema is an art form that can only evolve by being simultaneously nourished and challenged.

“I’m honoured to be amongst such crafted filmmakers…such wonderful people.” – Daniela Leitner, director of LATE SEASON, winner of Best European Independent Animated Film 2017.

The 13th edition of ÉCU will take place on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of May 2018 in Paris, France and will screen about 100 of the very best independent films from around the World. While ÉCU focuses on European talent, it celebrates international filmmakers and hosts several categories dedicated to non-European films.

EUROPEAN CATEGORIES
– Dramatic Feature
– Dramatic Short
– Documentary
– Animated Film
– Music Video
– Experimental Film
– Comedy Film

NON-EUROPEAN CATEGORIES
– Dramatic Feature
– Dramatic Short
– Documentary

WORLDWIDE CATEGORIES
– Student Film
– Arab Special Section
– Feature & Short Script Competition

Our Call for Submissions for ÉCU 2018 is now officially open. Click here to submit your film!

Scott Hillier
President
ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival


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Kayla Flores_150Kayla Flores has joined HorizonVU Music as Director, Artist Relations. Kayla is a vibrant graduate student from California. Raised with parents who were passionate about music, she has attended more than a hundred shows and has a real passion for discovering new talent. Previously working in the night club scene for marketing and promotions in San Diego as well as interning at a music agency, she has gained insight into the industry. Her passion for finding and sharing new music has brought her to HorizonVU Music.

Kayla will be working with artists to cultivate and develop their careers, both artistically and financially. She will be taking a lead role in strategically formalizing artist relations activities and enhancing current relationships with artists, agents, venues and other industry professionals. She will be involved building new relationships including artist selection. Further she will have a role in both internal and external activities such as negotiations and communications including social media and website support.

Welcome Kayla Flores!

Contact Kayla at kayla@horizonvumusic.com


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Patricia Vonne is no stranger to followers of HorizonVU Music. Patricia’s music has been featured previously on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP and she has been featured regularly on the HorizonVU Music Facebook page. The HorizonVU team is very excited to welcome Patricia to our site as a HorizonVU Music Featured Artist. You can find Patricia on the Featured Artist Page.

Patricia Vonne has proven herself a truly ascendant and transcendent musical artist. The San Antonio, Texas native singer, songwriter, bandleader and actress just released her 6th album “Viva Bandolera” of Texas border rock on her own Bandolera Records.

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Vonne continues her trailblazing ride along the borderline where Castillian and Mexican infusions of flamenco and fiery gypsy guitar meets all- American rock ‘n’ roll. Her song “Traeme Paz” was featured in the film ” Once Upon a Time in Mexico” and she was voted Best Female Vocalist 2014 and 2015 at the Austin Music Awards. Vonne has toured internationally including the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. She has shared the stage with Chris Isaak, Los Lobos, Raul Malo and collaborated with Texas musical heavyweights such as Charlie Sexton, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Rosie Flores, Doyle Bramhall and Flaco Jimenez.

Vonne reprises her role as Dallas (aka Zorro Girl) in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and has appeared in Spy Kids, Desperado and Machete Kills. Her award winning animation videos shot and edited by Vonne, features her original illustrations for her song “El Marinero y La Sirena which won the audience award at Cine Las Americas Film Fest 2015 and was featured at SXSW Film Fest 2015 and “Paris Trance” which screened at the Paris Short Film Festival 2016 and Cine Las Americas 2016.

” Imagine a young Chrissie Hynde fronting the Mavericks with a little help from Calexico” Word magazine

In addition to HorizonVU Music, visit Patricia at

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ECU_2016ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. We proudly provide a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach the broadest audiences possible.

Our annual festival showcases films that demonstrate quality, innovation, and creativity in both form and content. These qualities are judged in 14 categories, 7 of which are open to non-European filmmakers (from the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Asia), and compete for 25 awards. Jury members come from around the globe, have a variety of backgrounds, and are all united in their desire to screen films that will truly impress and inspire attendees.

ÉCU has expressly established itself and is often referred to as the Sundance of Europe. As such, we are the perfect venue for bold and visionary filmmakers to present their work to the cinema-loving public who are actively seeking alternatives to commercial-hungry major studio projects. Our screenings of new and thought-provoking cinematic creativity attracts more than just the public, but agents, talent scouts, production company representatives, distributors, and established producers, all of whom are searching for inspiring projects and raw talent.

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has a wide variety of events for attendees to participate in throughout the weekend. Following every screening session, there are Q&A’s where audience members can pose questions directly to the directors. Directors then have the opportunity to respond and speak about their work and process. An assortment of workshops focusing on a number of subjects and hosted by industry professionals are available to all attendees. ÉCU is also a strong supporter of musicians and live music can be heard throughout the entirety of the weekend. Every evening there are amazing after parties were attendees and filmmakers can unwind, ideas can percolate, and a general good time can be had by all.


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Dear friends,

A few days into our resolutions (I like to call them intentions..failing at intentions is so much softer than resolutions, don’t you think?), how are we all feeling about this New Year? I like it so far, it came in strong, cleaned up a bit, combed it’s hair, has a good sense of humor. I already wrote the first song of the year with Mr. Gary Nicholson. It was a love song. So, already things are changing for me…
Stay tuned to my website as there’s a lot of stuff gathering speed. Megan Palmer, my friend and amazing fiddle-playing singing-side-kick, and I are going to put together a Concert Window Show at the end of the month and we’ll announce that on Facebook and here. APPLEWOOD ROAD is about to release our record on Gearbox Records, and you can PRE-ORDER through Pledge Music

So have a great month, stay warm, be good to each other. Go out and support someone who is touring in your area and go up to them at the merch table and say hi. You have no idea how much we all need to hear from you while we’re putting miles on our tour cars and vans, sleeping in Motel 6’s, wondering if anyone is listening. Find someone who is new, who just put out their first record and is out there slogging it without a manager or a booking agent but who wants to bring you their music. Someone like Darren Bradbury or Emily Robinson or Melissa Greener. And then, go buy a ticket to someone who may have all those things but stays real, feet to the ground, singing truth. Someone like Peter Mulvey, Jason Isbell, Eliza Gilkyson. Let’s all stop complaining about what’s NOT going on and see what IS going on….

xoxo
Amy


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Yep, it’s that time of year when I convince a few friends to get in a van together and tour for a few weeks singing songs of joyful things and glad tidings and fa la la la la, new holiday songs, old holiday songs and some completely not all holiday songs (you know, like uplifting southern gothic murder ballads). For the 3rd year in a row, I bring you Wild Ponies, Rod Picott and me, in a holiday extravaganza. All dates are listed at my TourPage or at the Decembersongs FACEBOOK page.

I’m doing one show on my own this month as a kick off to the holidays at my fave local East Nashville joint, The Family Wash, next week on December 2nd @ 9pm w/ Wild Ponies. Come on down if you’re local. And if you’re local, you know where it is…

GIFT IDEAS FROM MY STORE:

I’ve got your stocking stuffers…
No. Seriously, I do. Check out my Store Page for holiday specials of all sorts. I’m offering a HOLIDAY BOX SET OF CD’S this season for $60. That’s Songs For Bright Street (2006), Killer In Me (2009), Land Like A Bird (2011), How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat (2013) and That Kind Of Girl (2015) plus I’ll throw in a Secret Santa CD, something that I don’t sell online, that is out of print. Either my first CD or the Judy Collins Tribute or another surprise. That’s 6 CD’s for only $60 (plus Shipping/handling) gift wrapped for you. Also, there are LPs, T Shirts, and Screen Printed Posters and much more. Come visit my STORE and shop for all your Indy music needs….

Lastly, my Fall Songwriter’s Retreat was so successful we’re going to be doing another very soon. Now called SONGS FROM THE WELL WRITER’S RETREATS, we’ll announce dates soon.

Thank you all for being part of this ride with me. I’ve been at this now since 2001. My first full tour was October 2001, in the wake of the prior month, I made a leap of faith and this life has sustained me for 14 years now. I started out making my own records. I’ve been signed to record labels, I’ve left record labels. Now I’m back to making my own records. I couldn’t do this without you. I mean that. I write these emails. I write my own Twitter posts, my own Facebook posts. When you buy a CD from me through my store, I personally put it in it’s mailer and handwrite your address and ship it from a post office that’s less than a mile away. You may even get dog hair in there. If you’re lucky. This is and has always been a small business. Small as in one woman business. And I am grateful to each one of you who are reading to the end.

So, have a wonderful holiday season…

Your fan,
Amy

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