SKT Summit 2022 SKT Summit 2022

Presenters & Panelists

Masterclass Presenters

Grammy-nominated artist & Producer

Carolyn Malachi is a mix engineer, producer, Grammy-nominated artist, and educator. Carolyn believes that the ideas of independent musicians, filmmakers, and other creatives should be taken seriously and handled with great care. Carolyn teaches audio production courses in the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University where her research explores the intersection of blockchain te more…

Artist, writer, producer, multi-instrumentalist & educator

Casey Kalmenson aka Little Monarch is an artist, writer, producer, instrumentalist and educator from LA. 

She has been making music for her own project as well as writing, producing, and touring with other artists for almost a decade.  With a sound that is sun soaked and eclectic and a love for vintage synths and analog gear,  her sound is ever evolving.  From upbeat indie pop to lofi b more…

Producer, engineer, rapper, singer

Crystal Caines can only be described using one word - artist. The rapper, singer, producer and engineer has worked for almost a decade to establish her identity and sound in an industry that usually sticks to the status quo. Effortlessly merging her talents created a unique package that the industry has not only embraced, but has also proven to be what is missing. Drawing from influences of her more…

Audio recording, editing, mixing, and mastering engineer

Marcela Rada has over nine years of experience as a sound engineer recording, editing, mixing, and mastering audio for independent artists. She has worked across music genres as well as symphony orchestras, film scoring sessions and ensembles.

She holds a Bachelor of Music with a major in Digital Audio Arts from the University of Lethbridge, and a Master’s Degree from Berklee College of more…

Sound designer, composer, recording engineer, and educator

Michele Darling is currently the Assistant Chair of the Electronic Production and Design Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. 

She worked for 10 years as part of an Emmy award winning interactive production team at Sesame Workshop in NYC. Also throughout her career, she has worked on a wide range of media from national television shows to video games, from online and mobile more…

Gabby Bianco knows the transformative power of art. After embracing indie rock and pop as a young person, the multi-instrumentalist dove headlong into electronics after attending a retreat in the middle of Joshua Tree for femme producers. After that life-shifting experience in 2018, Bianco began working on the music that comprises their new mixtape as BIIANCO. Over the course of 18 tracks, Mixt more…

Artist, Producer, Composer

Dresage is the brainchild of Keeley Bumford. In her world of creativity with Dresage as the vehicle, she creates lush synth and orchestral musings, allowing herself the freedom to inhabit many genres, from dreamy synthwave to indie art pop. Clash Magazine calls her “pop from an alternate universe driven by a commitment to personal communication…honest, creative and forever outside the box.”

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Singer, Songwriter, Sound designer, Artist

Hien is a Brooklyn based artist. Ethereal vocals meshing with lush textures and minimal beats - her eclectic sonic identity has been influenced by a wide variation of sounds, from electronica to soul and traditional Eastern styles. 

The Vietnamese-Hungarian artist started her singer career at the age of 15. She has released two pop albums, played the leading role of Kim in the musical M more…

Producer, Sound Designer, Artist, DJ, Educator

Canadian producer, artist and DJ ill-esha has crafted a long-standing soundscape of bass music throughout her career,continuously evolving her musical stylings and bridging gapsbetween electronic, hip hop and soul.Recognized as an extremelyrare and diverse artist in the EDM scene, ill-esha is constantlypushing the boundaries of live sets with everything from looppedals to keytars.Constantly evo more…

Producer, Live Performer, Artist

Space Sluts is the solo alt synth pop project of Brooklyn based artist Madi Cox.

After studying opera performance and composition for her Undergraduate degree, Madi moved to New York, where she rebelled against her classical background by playing punk rock music throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. It was at this time that her day job brought her into the world of software and she sought more…

GRAMMY-winning Producer, Engineer, and Mixer

Shani Gandhi is a Grammy Award-winning producer, engineer, and mixer based in Nashville, Tennessee. She is known widely for her contributions to the Americana, Folk, and Country genres having worked with such artists as Alison Krauss, Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini, Parker McCollum, Sarah Jarosz, Sierra Hull, and The Mountain Goats.Shani earned a Grammy Award for her engineering work on a Bes more…

Workshop Presenters

F*ck Being Humble, Founder, CEO

Stefanie Sword Williams is the founder and author of F*ck Being Humble. She created the business to encourage individuals to be unapologetically proud of their achievements and overcome the fear of self-promotion. Named as Forbes 30 Under 30 in Europe, she has delivered workshops for global brands including Unilever, Google, Puma, Microsoft, Innocent, Vodafone, The Guardian, The BBC and spoken more…

Producer, Engineer & Mixer

Susan Rogers holds a doctoral degree in behavioral neuroscience from McGill University (2010). Prior to her science career, Susan was a multiplatinum-earning record producer, engineer, and mixer. She is best known for her work with Prince during his peak creative period (1983-1987). Her discography also includes records with David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies, Geggy Tah, Ni more…

Beatmaker, Artist & Multi-instrumentalist

Bad Snacks is a beatmaker, artist & multi-instrumentalist out of Portland, Oregon by way of Los Angeles. Having been classically trained on violin since the age of three, she studied a multitude of musical styles until settling on her musical chapter as bad snacks, where she combines organic and electric instruments with synthesized soundscapes in a lofi-meets-electronic setting. 

Audio engineer, Producer, Educator, Writer and Musician

Chrissy Tignor is an audio engineer, producer, educator, writer and musician. Her YouTube audio production tutorials have been viewed over 400,000 times, and her free Coursera course ProTools Basics has reached over 28,000 students worldwide.  She is the founder of Audio Upcycle, a project where she built a recording facility entirely out of donations at El Conservatorio Nacional de Música in S more…

Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer, Educator

LaFrae Sci is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer and electro acoustic adventurer. Bedrock to her artistry is the roots and the fruits of the blues from spirituals to afro diasporic futuristic soundscapes that explore time travel, prayer, meditation, and the African American ecstatic tradition. . To date, she has shared her intentional creati more…

Discussion Panelists

Speed Mentoring

Pianist, Songwriter, Producer, Composer and Entrepreneur

Elise Solberg is a pianist, songwriter, producer, composer and entrepreneur born in Tokyo, Japan, raised in Denver, Colorado and based in Los Angeles, CA. She is a versatile performer in multiple styles of music, including pop, R&B, rock, classical, and jazz. Most recently, Elise performed with Beyoncé at the 2022 Oscars, performing the Oscar-nominated song "Be Alive" from King Richard. Eli more…

An in demand speaker, panelist and lecturer, Charyn Harris is the author of The Art of War for Creatives, based on her over 35 years as a musician, arts educator and music industry professional, combining strategies and best practices for musicians and creatives to master their mindset, cultivate their talent and curate successful career moves. She has handled tour manager/ logistics for a myri more…

Manley Labs, Entrepreneur and owner

EveAnna Manley is an Entrepreneur and owner of Manley Labs, America's most beloved champion of the vacuum tube for high end studio recording electronics as well as audiophile products. If you want to get into the geeky world of manufacturing, EveAnna might be able to share some of the insight she has acquired since 1989 building all this tube gear!

Sr. Managing Director for the Producers & Engineers Wing

Maureen Droney is the Sr. Managing Director for the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs). A former recording engineer for artists including George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Santana, among many others, she has a degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from California State University, San Francisco and has taught audio seminars for companies includ more…

Maria Elisa Ayerbe is a Latin Grammy winner audio engineer from Colombia who has worked for GRAMMY and Latin Grammy awarded and nominated albums.With more than 15 years of experience in recording, mixing, post production, and music production, Maria Elisa has been part of the musical productions for artists such as Mary J Blige, New Kids on the Block, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Laura Pausini, more…

Leslie Richter is a Nashville based recording engineer and producer. After graduating MTSU, she began her career as a staff engineer at the acclaimed Oceanway Studios Nashville. There, she not only developed her ear and style working on countless award-winning records, but also gained experience in studio wiring and electronics thru decommissioning and rebuilding several large format consoles.< more…

Engineer, Producer, Editor, Mixing Engineer

Lenise Bent is a recording artist. As an audio engineer and producer who has put her creativity and talent on many iconic records including “Aja” by Steely Dan and “Breakfast in America” by Supertramp, she uses the brush strokes & colors found in recording gear to help those on the other side of the glass realize their vision. She is the first female engineer on record to receive a platinum more…

Re-Recording Mixer

Sherry Klein is a Post Production Re-Recording Mixer for Television and Film. She is currently living in Los Angeles, Ca. working with Smart Post Sound. Some of her credits include Queen of the South, New Amsterdam, Deputy, Burn Notice, Arrested Development, Sons of Anarchy, and The Shield. Sherry started her career as a musician studying music composition at Webster College in St.Louis, Missou more…

Audio engineer, Studio Manager

Zoe Thrall is a music industry professional with decades of experience in recording studio management.

Her career started at the famed Power Station Studios in New York City where she learned both sides of studio operations as both an assistant engineer and in studio management.  There she met producer/musician/actor Little Steven Van Zandt who hired her to work for him as an engineer a more…

Show Producer

Whitney Taber started in the music industry over a decade ago taking a job as the Executive Assistant to Rihanna's Creative Director. Shortly after that, she began working for one of Billboard's top 25 Recording studios in the world the Record Plant; working with the music industry's top artists such as WiIl I Am, Ariana Grande, Lil Nas X, Prince, Justin Bieber, Pharell, and Beyonce. Being the more…

Born-and-raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dominique moved to NYC at age 18 to attend college and pursue a career in scientific research. Although she dabbled in music production in high school, she only began to see the reality of making a career out of it once she had spent two years immersed in the New York music scene. Over the next several years Dominique would go on to release original m more…

Artist, songwriter, producer, drummer, video director.

Mindy DuPonte aka Miny is an artist, songwriter, producer, drummer, and video director located in LA. She's accumulated over 1 million plays across streaming platforms with her independent music releases. She has over 1 million combined views on her Youtube channel where she self-directs, produces, and edits her music videos and creative content. Her music has been featured on Spotify editorial more…

Paula Salvatore has been an anchor of excellence in the L.A. recording world for many years. As Vice President, Studio Director and Studio Manager of Capitol Studios for 30 years, (1990 – 2020), Paula has been an integral part of recordings for top line artists such as James Taylor and Tony Bennett and has worked alongside Grammy legend Al Schmitt with artists including Paul McCartney, Diana Kr more…

Highnote/ Digilogue

Paulina Vo is a Co-Founder at Highnote, the General Manager at The Digilogue, and musician. She understands the value of online resources within the music community, and recognizes the possibilities that technology can unlock for underrepresented artists across the globe. As the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, her family’s frequent relocation across several states exposed Paulina to people o more…

Piper Payne is a mastering engineer based out of Nashville, TN and Oakland, CA. In Spring of 2019 Piper joined the Infrasonic Mastering team, merging her successful studio, NeatoMastering, with the Nashville based company, owned by Pete Lyman. She began her career with a BFA in Audio from The University of Michigan, continuing her graduate education in Audio at the University of Stavanger in No more…

Stephanie Hernández serves as Marketing Manager at RichMusic, Inc., the top boutique independent Latin record label in the industry. Stephanie joined the label in 2021, and currently oversees the development of global marketing and brand strategies across multiple genres to build the RichMusic brand, drive brand awareness and recognition, and nurture audience growth. During her time at RichMusi more…

Spotlight Sessions

Produced By Nell, Producer

Houston-bred producer LaNell “NELL” Grant brings a unique and ear-catching presence to the music industry through her dynamic, sophisticated and intricate production. Amassing a catalog of over 10 albums in less than 5 years (all while she and her husband Cory were growing their family), Nell’s award-winning sound helped pioneer a new wave of Hip Hop music.

Often using her own voice in t more…

Songwriting/Production Duo • Beyonce • Jay Z • Rihanna • Ariana Grande • DJ Khaled • Kehlani • H.E.R. & More ➕➕

NOVA Wav is the Grammy Award-winning production team comprised of Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney. They’ve produced for Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Kehlani, and countless others. Recently, they produced Monica Brown's forthcoming album, Chapter 38, of which the single, "Commitment" reached number one on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs chart, becoming among the fi more…

2 x GRAMMY-nominated recording engineer, songwriter and producer • Alicia Keys • Dua Lipa • Fall Out Boy • Sia • Katy Perry • Panic! At The Disco + more

Suzy Shinn is a GRAMMY nominated producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and engineer based in Los Angeles. She is known for her work with Weezer, Panic! At the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Dua Lipa, and Katy Perry, among many others. Suzy began writing songs and playing guitar in her hometown of Wichita, KS at age seven which eventually led to studying at Berklee College of Music until she droppe more…

The Lodge, GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer

GRAMMY Award-winner and eight-time nominee, Emily Lazar is one of the most respected mastering and mixing engineers in the world. Combining old-school style with a deep knowledge of music and cutting-edge technology, Lazar ensures that the magic created in the studio is fully reflected in the final product. She is a true trailblazer, mastering more than 4,000 albums for a hugely diverse group o more…

Performers

Lisa Murray is a singer/songwriter, music producer and multi-disciplinary artist from Ireland. Her music combines autobiographical and narrative story telling with her unique production skills to craft feel-good anthems with all the hallmarks of excellent pop tracks. Her tuneful, synth-heavy and harmony focused sound takes inspiration from renowned pop voices such as Taylor Swift, Sigrid and MA more…