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The Valencia campus will be hosting respected engineer Young Guru and Grammy-nominated producer Sean C on April 7 and April 8, 2014. Students and faculty can expect to engage in an intensive two days of workshops and seminars. Young Guru and Sean C will cover a broad set of topics including advanced mixing and recording techniques and MPC production, as well as discussing the business and economics behind some of their biggest works. They will also share their perspectives on the future of the music industry.
“I think it’s important to bring professionals with a deep knowledge and a wide range of experiences to Berklee Valencia,” says Chris Wade, organizer of the event and a Global Entertainment and Music Business master’s student at the Valencia campus, “Young Guru and Sean C are both respected veterans in the popular music world and they share a passion for educating the future generations of artists and musicians.”
The event is being sponsored by Berklee’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, whose goal is to integrate the variety of cultural values and perspectives at Berklee. “We are committed to supporting students,” says Kevin Johnson, director for the office. “We seek to engage students in the process of learning by developing programs that are designed to increase and enhance the diversity of musical styles presented within the Berklee community.“
Young Guru has been Jay-Z’s engineer for most of his career, and has also worked with Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation artists, including Kanye West. He currently holds an artist-in-residency position at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Sean C, an A&R veteran, has produced major hip-hop artists such as Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jay-Z. “They both have had a revolutionary impact on pushing contemporary music and artists to the limits of how this generation defines what is contemporary,” adds Johnson.