music producer JONATHAN SHECTER and musician/producer DAN FREEMAN:Entrepreneurship in the Digital Music Industry

Date: 

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 3:25pm

Location: 

Farkas Hall

freemanPresented By Learning From Performers

Jonathan Shecter '90, aka Shecky Green, a music and media professional who co-founded the hip-hop music and culture magazine The Source and is now editor in chief of the online publication Cuepoint, and Dan Freeman '97, aka Cm1x, a producer/bassist and music technologist, will discuss their careers in electronic music production and promotion which includes Shecter's launch of the Game Recordings label and Screen Werks DJ-centric video platform; and Freeman's real-time performances using the Ableton PUSH instrument and his experience as an instructor at New York City's Dubspot. Co-sponsored by Harvard's Office of Career Services.

JONATHAN SHECTER is a music and media professional best known as the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Source magazine, the essential hip-hop publication that launched from Harvard's radio station, WHRB, in 1988. He has spent 25 years working at the intersection of music, multi-media and communications. Shecter is currently the editor-in-chief of Cuepoint, an innovative music publication living on the Medium platform. Cuepoint features deeper explorations into artists, recordings, and trends from top music journalists and industry leaders, alongside curated content from the wider Medium community. Prior to joining Medium in San Francisco, Shecter was Director Of Programming for Wynn Las Vegas Nightclubs, where he worked with world class talent at the epicenter of dance music and DJ culture in America. Shecter is a forward-thinking content creator, a pop culture tastemaker whose career has encompassed music journalism, publishing, record label management, video production, broadcasting, talent acquisition and live events. He enjoys 80s music, healthy food, biking, racquetball and poker many years ago he made a final table at the World Series Of Poker on ESPN.

DAN FREEMAN started training as a classical pianist at the age of four and switched to jazz bass at thirteen. After graduating from Harvard University, he came to New York to be a session bassist, performing with such artists as Angelique Kidjo, and the B­52's and throughout North America, South America, and Europe in venues ranging from underground Brooklyn loft parties to Carnegie Hall. In 2008, he formed the electrofunk digital music and art collective Comandante Zero (C), developing techniques for fusing live acoustic instruments with laptops running Ableton Live and serving as a backing band for various artists including Polina Goudieva and Virgin Records artist Xavier. They also worked with Grammy winning producer Bob Power on their first E.P Slouching Towards Babylon. Currently, Freeman has a production studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn where he mixes, remixes and writes for film. He also performs a unique live production solo set in which he creates heavy electro funk grooves in real time using the Ableton PUSH instrument. Freeman is an Ableton Live 8 and 9 Certified Trainer and senior instructor at New York City's Dubspot, where he teaches electronic music production and heads Dubspot International. He has given Ableton Live and production workshops at events, festivals and universities worldwide including SXSW, Sonar (Barcelona), Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Copenhagen, Harvard University, The University of Santiago (Chile) and the University of Caldas (Colombia).