The Producer and the Artist - Chicago Ideas Week

Last night, I attended an event featuring talented musicians and producers who talked about the role of the music producer in today’s world.  The evening was organized by Chicago Ideas. 

Sahar Habibi greeted the attendees as they entered the auditorium. She entertained the audience with her skilled DJ set. She put on a great show.

The event was hosted by Andrew Barber.  He introduced the evening’s guests and asked them about their experiences.

The first guests were Nico Segal and Julian Reid. They first performed one of their works, an abstract jazz piece. They then discussed their experiences creating and producing for JuJu Exchange. What I found intriguing was the concept that the next musical movement would be a simultaneous performance and production live on the stage. 

Next, Andre Power took the stage. He is the co-founder and creative director of Soulection. Prior to the event, I started listening to Soulection Radio on Apple iTunes. I describe the experience as a wave of hip hop sound with tints of electronic, soul, and R&B.  What is in a name though....?    

Finally, No I.D. descended from the rafters.  No I.D. Is the executive Vice President of Capitol Music Group and produced Jay-Z 4:44. No I.D is a genuine and thoughtful person.  As he says, he is human. He had some inspiring words for the audience. Be genuine and understand and accept that there is a yin and yang.

Overall, the evening was inspiring and well worth the time.