Serving as Gear Expo 2013’s hosts: “Pensado’s Place” namesake/mixing engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, Elton John, Michael Jackson) and the show’s executive producer, industry veteran/artist manager Herb Trawick. “We’re all part of the same big club,” Pensado told the mix of professional and aspiring producers, engineers, songwriters/composers before segueing into one of the day’s short, informal interview sessions. “Community is everything.”
Among others sharing work and career insights during the interview sessions: songwriter/producer Alex Da Kid (Eminem, Imagine Dragons), Grammy-winning mixing engineer Manny Marroquin (Rolling Stones, Kanye West), television/film composer Robert Duncan (“Castle,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), songwriter/producer Printz Board (Black Eyed Peas) and engineer/mixer/producer Ryan Hewitt (Avett Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers).
“I really appreciate this event,” noted one attendee, who told Trawick that Teddy Riley needed to be one of the guests at the next Gear Expo. “These are people who care about and are passionate about this side of the industry; about what happens behind the scenes.”
Now part of the curriculum at 90 colleges globally and viewed in 250 countries, “Pensado’s Place” (www.pensadosplace.tv) grew out of a health crisis suffered by Pensado, says Trawick, the creative impetus behind the show. Its burgeoning success later spurred the idea for the Gear Expo, which Trawick envisions as a series of pop-up conferences around the country. Sponsors for the inaugural event included the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, Avid, Women’s Audio Mission, Bedrock-LA, Izotope, Gobbler and Sae Institute.
“We are the TV show for this community and they treat us as such,” Trawick told Billboard. “So it’s important for us to continue to help inform what they do.”