(from left to right): host Matt Gorney, Phil Tan, Sebastian Krys, Leslie Brathwaite, Mannie Fresh, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins
As the events celebrating Full Sail’s second Hall of Fame continue on campus, students and faculty gathered at Full Sail Live 1 for a Recording Arts open panel discussion with a handful of notable names in the music industry – from both behind the scenes and in front of the spotlight.
Mixing engineer Phil Tan (Outkast, Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani) and producer Sebastian Krys (Marc Anthony, Shakira, Gloria Estefan) – both GRAMMY-winners and inductees for Full Sail’s inaugural Hall of Fame – were joined by one of this year’s inductees, GRAMMY-winning mix engineer Leslie Brathwaite (Madonna, Bjork, Jay-Z).
Leslie brought along two friends of his that quite a few members of the audience were very familiar with – TLC founding member Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Mannie Fresh, the man who provided the sounds for New Orleans-based hip hop collective Cash Money Records and artists such as Lil Wayne, T.I., Trick Daddy, and many more.
The group started the conversation with a quick ‘lightning round’ of questions that touched upon some of the basics (first album purchases, details surrounding their formative musical years), and then moved on to tackling some bigger discussion topics.
Drawing upon their years of experience working in the industry, the speakers spoke about the future of the single in the record biz, the role that education plays in working in the industry, how an artist’s image can often get more attention than the content of the music, and the changes that the music industry will need to make in order to evolve.
Midway through the panel, the floor was opened to students in the audience to ask questions and get insight about starting their careers in the recording business.
Read more about this year’s Hall of Fame by clicking here.