Minneapolis – April 22, 2010 – Two-time Grammy winner, songwriter Dan Wilson, will speak at the Institute of Production and Recording (IPR) DIY360 series this Friday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m. in Robinson Hall. Wilson will speak about the craft of songwriting and the state of the music business. IPR is located at 312 Washington Avenue North in Minneapolis.
Wilson has released platinum selling records internationally with his group Semisonic as well as writing Grammy winning hits for groups like the Dixie Chicks. His co-writing skills are widely sought- after in the industry and he has written with people as diverse as Adele and Keith Urban. He has worked closely with Grammy winning producer and great popularizer of hip-hop, Rick Ruben. He continues to tour nationally and releases his own music and recently reunited with his brother Matt Wilson for a live release.
IPR is committed to connecting students with successful media arts professionals. Adam Levy’s DIY 360 is a weekly series of performances and conversations with industry heavyweights and emerging musicians, DJ’s, record label owners, producers, filmmakers, and other people involved in the media arts. The purpose of the series is to give students real-life examples of people in the media arts adjusting to the changes occurring in the entertainment industry. Often, these shifts have required individuals to become more adaptable and self-sufficient, hence the series’ name, Do It Yourself 360.
The series also emphasizes the importance of a student’s employability being dependent on knowing the scope and variety of music enterprises, clubs, studios, employment opportunities, and artists in the Twin Cities. Conversations with these media arts folks touch on subjects as diverse as networking, negotiating deals, developing multiple skill sets and revenue streams, publishing, sound and composition for film, songwriting craft, trends in the field, and the tough job of balancing life and relationships with business and art. Upcoming guests in the series include Al Kooper on April 30 and Brian Setzer on May 7.
The Institute of Production and Recording offers associate in applied science degree programs that prepare students for careers in music and entertainment business and audio production and engineering. Students gain multimedia skills in audio engineering, music theory, music and multimedia production and entertainment business. In addition to an AAS degree, students earn Digidesign’s highest Pro Tools Certifications to help them obtain the jobs they want most. Founded in 2002, IPR is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). For more information, visit www.ipr.edu or call 612-375-1900.
About Adam Levy, DIY360 Series organizer:
The art of songwriting continues to find home in the music of Adam Levy. Known best for his pop-rock craftsmanship that’s guided The Honeydogs through 10 acclaimed releases, film and TV placements like “Sex in the City,” and more recently, for the whimsical kids’ rock band Bunny Clogs, Levy is now embarking on two new projects, AND THE PROFESSORS and Liminal Phase. With a string quartet, members of the Heiruspecs, Mystery Palace, and Holly Munoz from Aviette, and by combining old and new sounds with electronic and acoustic instrumentation, AND THE PROFESSORS creates fragmented chamber pop songs about love. Liminal Phase (with its unique instrumentation of bassoon, oboe, guitar, cello, and a DJ) pushes the outer limits of jazz, rock, electronica, avant garde and West African music. Adam also teaches songwriting, rock ensemble, popular music history, and audio production and mentors students at the Institute of Production and Recording and the MacPhail School of Music. For fun Adam heads up the ambitious 9 piece soul cover band, Hookers & Blow.