IPR Raises Almost $1,000 for Syria Campaign

With hard-rocking guitars and vocals, IPR’s first-ever Community Service Day benefit concert raised close to $1,000 earlier this month. Students, faculty and staff came together to support UNICEF’s No Forgotten Children of Syria campaign through donations for raffle prizes, lunch, and admittance to performances by Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets and Alison Scott.

Numerous classes helped plan and host the concert and community service day. Composition students put together a timeline of events to explain the situation in Syria, Desktop Production students distributed fliers to spread awareness of the plight of children in Syria and promote the fundraising concert, and photography students captured the day’s events. No class worked harder, though, than Aneesa Adams’s Global Citizenship class.

Together the students from the Global Citizenship class developed ways of advertising the campaign such as developing posters or pushing the information out on social media. Other students managed the weeklong “swear jar” campaign, placing jars around campus for students and staff to drop spare change into.

Others in the class secured raffle items along with staff members. Among items raffled off at the end of the concert were four VIP tickets to the Soundset hip-hop festival, two Minnesota Lynx tickets, a microphone from Sweetwater, a ukulele from Twin Town Guitars, brunch for two at Ike’s, and even two six-packs of home-brewed beer.

“As college students, we can tend to get wrapped up in all our own activities,” said Global Citizenship student Jenna Rowe. “Between class, homework, work and social calendars, it’s easy to forget that there is a big, wide world out there. A class like Global Citizenship forces us to open our eyes to the world. It’s a reminder that we are part of something much bigger.

“Taking part in events like these help students feel the good created in the world just by lending a helping hand,” Rowe said. “Even a little time will be enough to make a difference in a person’s life, so don’t be afraid to say ‘I can help’ because whatever you have to give, it will be appreciated.”



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IPR Applauds Soundset 2014 Success

One of IPR’s strongest educational partners, the hip-hop record label Rhymesayers Entertainment, celebrated its annual hip-hop festival over Memorial Day weekend. Soundset was held last Sunday at Canterbury Park, just south of Minneapolis, with an incredible turnout—30,000  tickets all sold out. Headliners Atmosphere and Wiz Khalifa ended a full day of live hip-hop shows from 40 different acts.

IPR has been a major sponsor of Soundset each year and this year opted to be a Digital Billboard Partner. IPR gave away 30 tickets to students and raffled off eight VIP passes at a recent school fundraising event.

See you next year at Soundset 2015!

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Graduate Success Story: John Stojevich

A 2005 graduate of IPR, John Stojevich put his degree in audio production and engineering to good use by working for a number of companies as an audio engineer and was one of the first IPR graduates to run live sound for the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. And because of that, current IPR students owe him a nod of thanks; the skill and work ethic John showed while working for the Basilica has opened doors of opportunity for other IPR alumni.  

Currently John runs his own St. Paul-based production company, Dynamic Show Productions. Staff at IPR remember John as being extremely dedicated to his craft and always busy. And with a new baby added to his family, these days he’s surely busier than ever. Still, he had time to share his path to success.

What are you doing now?

Currently I own and operate an audio-visual production company that provides full A/V production, project management, technical direction and event logistic solutions for corporate, concert and touring clients. I still operate as an independent technician for a variety of A/V, concert and overall production agencies. Primarily I operate as an audio technician, but I’ve also widened my skill set to perform as a hi-res video director and technician. Lately I’ve been providing a lot of technical direction and project management services, which is something I very much enjoy.

Are you doing today what you thought you would be doing when you had started school?

Quite simply, no. I believe many of us have dreams of fame and fortune, and I had to find avenues that allowed me to expand and develop my skill set as well as find an area within the industry that I enjoy. However, I think my original dream was to provide quality sound production to the masses, whether that was via records or live events, and that is what I do.

Is there anything about your education that stands out as a pivotal experience in your education or career?

I believe the idea that you determine your future; no one else is going to decide anything for you. Another lesson is that networking is absolutely key in expanding your career and solidifying yourself within this industry.

Where do you imagine your career going in the future?

This has always been a hard question for me to answer because I actually have never been a person to state goals of where I believe my career will be at some arbitrary place in the future. I immerse myself in the situation I’m in and grow within that. Allowing yourself to adapt is the best way to develop your skill set, but you should always open up new possibilities that can become your future.

What advice would you give to others looking to enter into this field?

Be honest, loyal and respectful not only to your peers, elders and mentors but also to yourself. You won’t be successful in your career or in life if you’re not doing something you’re truly passionate about. When you enjoy what you do, success is inevitable.

Was there anything that you had to wait to learn until you were out in the industry—something that couldn’t be taught?

There are so many things that I could use as an answer here. One sticks out to me, though: loyalty. It’s something that can make or destroy your career, and I’ve found out the hard way. When you give your word to someone, your word needs to mean something. A simple explanation of this is that if you’re offered a job and you accept it knowing all the terms of the job (in regard to pay, location, content, etc.), you need to live up to that agreement regardless of what other opportunity may arise. If you bail on a gig to make an extra $50 or $100, that means you’re saying, “I said yes, but I really meant yes until something better came along.” Your reputation is worth more than any amount of money, any super great gig or any opportunity that may arise.

Do you have mentors today, and if so, how have they influenced your career?

I don’t have any direct mentors, but honestly I learn form everyone I come into contact with. I have individuals I look up to and study their teachings, but really I can learn from anyone. I feel I am a good judge of character and that I can tell if someone possess beneficial knowledge.

If you could change anything regarding your career path, what would it be?

Honestly, nothing. All of the decisions and mistakes I made led me to where I am today. I’m a happy father of two wonderful boys with a lovely wife and three wonderful cats. I get to work in an industry that I love, and every day is a different day and new experience. What more could anyone ask for?

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Meet Walter Chancellor: IPR’s first hire

Walter Chancellor – Instructor, Musician, Production Aficionado

Walter Chancellor

Often called the “epitome of cool,” no one represents IPR better than Walter Chancellor—for several reasons. For one, he was the first instructor hired by IPR founder Jack Robinson in 2002. For another, he’s almost always known he wanted to work in the media arts industry as a musician, and he’s become quite successful at it.

But perhaps most importantly, Walter is a teacher and mentor at heart. Even before he came to IPR, he was working with young people teaching music theory and basic sequencing at the Electronics Musicians Workshop.  There he met Robinson, and the rest, as they say, was history. Coming to IPR, Walter says, has taught him almost as much as he’s taught to the students.

CLASSES: Walter teachers the lab portion of AP154 – Desktop Production I

Walter guides students through a music production exercise in Apple Logic

“My skills have come up 70%, I’d say,” he said. “I always had ears for music, but coming to IPR really gave me a more accelerated rate of that progression.”

Walter credits fellow IPR instructors Brian Jacoby and Steve Price for increasing his skill set. He is certified in both Pro Tools and Logic and serves as an advisor to students in Pro Tools, Logic, audio production, and MIDI. Almost all first quarter students will have a class with Walter.

In fact, 2014 Winter Quarter valedictorian Roman Pinter said in his graduation speech that the most important thing he learned on his first day of class was “not to piss off Walter.”

Which Walter thinks is just great. “That’s right—tough love,” he said. “If you’re going to be here, be a real student. I tell students we’re going to have fun, but when it’s time to get serious and you’re messing around, I’ll call you out on it.”

Walter plays his saxaphone at an IPR event

ADVICE TO STUDENTS: “All you need are basic recording tools—but they don’t have to be shiny and brand new to express your inner talents. If it’s still intact, you can use it.”
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Audio Production and Engineering Instructor Guides Students, Inspires Others

Institute of Production and Recording (IPR) instructor, Kevin Bowe, playfully jokes around with the students in his audio production capstone course as they sit in the Mastermix studio at the IPR campus, located in downtown Minneapolis. On this particular day, they are working with the local indie rock and folk band Communist Daughter as they record their newest album. The atmosphere may be casual, but it is professional. With the studio’s state of the art equipment, Communist Daughter effortlessly lays down a track while the students learn the ins and outs of the production process from Bowe, who has years of experience in the music industry.

It is obvious the students enjoy the class and Bowe as an instructor. Even amid technical difficulties, Bowe uses it as a teaching moment, telling the students how to deal with issues that may arise in a future producing career.

“We have to keep the band comfortable. It’s our job to make sure everything runs smoothly, and if it doesn’t, just keep assuring them and telling them it’s alright. We’ll get it figured out,” Bowe advises the students.

Communist Daughter is definitely comfortable. Bowe and lead singer Johnny Solomon have a close relationship, and Solomon says he trusts Bowe to mix his music because he knows what kind of sound he likes.

Bowe’s class is very hands-on, already giving this small group of five or six students a chance to work with a national touring band and apply their skills to help produce an album. They each take turns at the computer and sound board, communicating with the band members on the other side of the window to set the rhythm, tune the instruments and mix the tracks.

“I love working with this group of kids,” Bowe says. “They know what they’re doing. They’ve already been in school for a year and half, so it’s more like we’re all working together rather than me just teaching them.”

This particular day of class is special because a film crew from public television station TPT arrives after lunch. They are filming shots for the station’s series MN Original, a show that celebrates Minnesota’s creative community. They are working on a segment featuring Bowe and his involvement in the local music scene.

The episode documents Bowe’s interaction with the students, the band and his work in general. Bowe not only guides and offers insight to his students every day, but he writes, produces and performs music himself.

“My hope is that I can use my experience to teach these students what I know so that they are prepared for a career in the field,” Bowe says. “Of course, I hope they have a little fun along the way, too.”

Watch Bowe’s episode of MN Original.

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Barb Abney of The Current, Today @ DIY 360

The Current Host Barb Abney Makes Her First Appearance on IPR’s DIY 360

Today at 3-4pm, Robinson Hall
The Institute of Production & Recording
300 1st Ave North, Suite 500

Host Kevin Bowe has been working for a while to make an appearance from Barb Abney Happen at IPR’s DIY 360 event. Barb is currently the early daytime host of The Current, a member-supported radio station focused on playing new and popular music, part of Minnesota Public Radio. The Current is rather unique within the public radio sphere in its programing and features not only a devout local following but a substantial national and global listenership via digital and terrestrial broadcast.

Barb Abney herself is currently the early daytime host, playing weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  According to her biography, “Abney came to The Current in 2006 from Cincinnati’s WOXY.com, one of the premiere alternative stations in the country. She DJ’d there for 12 years and built a radio and online community of music nerds.” 

Barb Abney
Image courtesy of The Current website.

Read about and listen to Barb’s past features here, on The Current website.

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Congratulations, IPR Winter 2014 Graduates

IPR Hosts Winter 2014 Commencement at the Southern Theater

IPR 2014 Commencement Ceremony

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We’d like to take a moment and congratulate all of the new IPR alumnus who took the stage this Sunday at the Southern Theater to accept their degrees. It was an honor to host, once again, such an amazing group of future music and entertainment professionals and welcome you into the professional community. Thank you also to the parents, family and friends who attended — your support has been a key element to the success of these graduates. Thank you also to host, Scooter Nelson, speaker and alumnus, Bryan Mengy, and to our Career Services staff, Sandra Robinson and Breanna Lewis, for putting the event together.

Follow the jump for a complete list of graduates.

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Dallas McLaughlin – Graduate Success Story

The creative fields and technology are changing every day. Two years from now, graduates are likely to be working in jobs that simply do not exist today, at least not as we see them. This is why we try to impress on students an entrepreneurial spirit. Whether they go to work for themselves, or become “intrapreneurs” within an established business, those who are prepared to diversify and adapt are the most successful graduates.

A shining example of an alumnus with this spirit is Dallas McLaughlin, a 2006 graduate who showed up on our radar last fall with his inspiring YouTube video “I Guess This Dream’s For Me” and a uniquely creative resume shared on his personal blog at Dallasmclaughlin.com in a post titled “Cutting through the static and landing your dream job” (dallasmclaughlin.com/cutting-through-the-static-and-landing-your-dream-job/).

Since leaving IPR, Dallas has owned his own studio, restaurant and consulting business, launched a successful clothing line, and crafted himself into a respected marketing and social media expert through personal experience. We caught up with Dallas for a brief interview.

Dallas McLaughin Five Oh Seven Clothing

What are you doing now?

I work for an Inc. 500 & ICIC 100 company in downtown Phoenix, AZ. I was hired in January to create and implement social media and micro-content marketing strategies. The company is ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in the country, and the #1 fastest growing woman owned businesses. We have our headquarters in Phoenix, as well as new offices in San Diego, CA and Shanghai, China. I was also recently contracted to do the same type of work for James Woods’ campaign to become a Congressman in Arizona. Prior to that I was splitting time as a freelance social media and small business consultant, while also owning a number of businesses of my own.

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IPR Presents: DIY 360′s Spring Season

Radio Personalities, Folk, Rock, Songwriters and Book Agents Top This Season’s Roster

What is DIY 360?

DIY 360 is a recurring interview and performance event at IPR hosted by Kevin Bowe, focused on growing careers in the media arts and entertainment industries.

The goal is to introduce attendees to professionals in the field who have been successful, frequently by forging their own path and adapting to the ever-changing landscape. Guests share information about their careers, their philosophies about professionalism and their art. Guests often give advice to budding artists, entertainment business professionals, producers and engineers. DIY 360 is an opportunity for students to network with those working in the field and with each other as they work toward career

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St. Patrick’s Day Music in Minneapolis

There’s no shortage of opportunities for Irish pride (whether you’re Irish or not) when it comes to Music tonight in Minneapolis. Here’s just a few:

First Avenue – City Pages and MN Beer Activists’ St. Patrick’s Day Rally for Sunday Sales ft. Romantica, White Iron Band, and Silverback Colony

City Pages and MN Beer Activists will be hosting their St. Patrick’s Day Rally for Sunday Sales and First Avenue. Music starts at 7pm and includes Romantica, White Iron Band, and Silverback Colony.

MN Beer Activists St Patricks Sunday Sales Rally

Turf Club – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration ft. The Belfast Cowboys

The Turf Club’s celebration starts at 3pm, but the music starts at 7pm, with special guests The Dirt Road Ramblers, Grant Hart, Toast, and of course, The Belfast Cowboys.

Belfast Cowboys

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