On May 11, West L.A. Music, Taxi.com and UCLA ExtensionEntertainment Studies will present "Creating the Perfect Demo," a"must-see" event for songwriters, musicians and music producers. Theevent will be held at UCLA Dickson Art Center from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.Industry experts will explain what it takes to create a hit; how to getdiscovered; how to get songs placed with major artists, TV and film;and how to generate the contacts needed for success. Attendees willalso learn about the latest gear for songwriters from Roland, AKG, DeanGuitars, Auralex and D'Addario. Give-aways and prizes at the eventinclude Auralex studio insulation, D'Addario ChordMasters, Taximemberships ($300 value/each), Roland T-shirts and free studio timefrom Klown Records (a $400 value)! The panel discussions are describedbelow:
Panel 1: "Write Hits, Get Them Cut, Go the Indie Route!"
Doug Minnick, VPof Taxi and former EMI publishing director, will guidea discussion on getting your songs placed and making connections in themusic biz. Panelists include multi-Platinum songwriter Kashif, DanKimpel, indie songwriter Michelle McAffee, and many others.
Panel II: "Develop Your Artistry, Get Noticed, Get Signed!"
Michael Laskow, president of Taxi and former recordingengineer/producer, will moderate a panel of top industry experts onwhat it takes to create songs that will sell and how to capture theattention of an A&R exec. Panelists include multi-Platinum producerMichael Lloyd, John Weakland, director of A&R for Columbia Records,former head of A&R for Epic Capitol and EMI Don Grierson, andmore.