I was at NAMM for the third time and it has not lost its luster! I was again continuously knocked out by the endless halls of incredible displays, great performances, informative panels, and invaluable networking. If you did not make it to the conference this year, I took some behind-the- scenes footage so that you can see what happens at The NAMM Show!
My favorite display was this Crush drum stand. So beautiful and creative, it made me want to take up the instrument!
Asking first-time NAMM attendee drummer Charlie Nicienski about his experience, he tells NARIP, “The 2014 NAMM show was my first and all I can say is wow! It was so inspiring to be surrounded by fellow musicians with similar aspirations. Equally impressive was witnessing first hand the new ideas and effort that all of the manufacturers put forth to help the music community explore new ground. Thank you NAMM!”
A highlight for me was The Hot Zone, this is only natural for me working with NARIP where so much of my focus is being part of educational panels on the music industry today. Joe Solo’s Songwriters Forum was informative and inspiring. with many impromptu performances from artists in the audience that Joe spontaneously invited to sing a few bars. I heard a lot of great singers with questions!
A stand out panel was Saturday’s 360 Degrees of a Hit Music Track. NARIP’s most traveled member Rob Case (New Pants Publishing based in Denver, CO) shared his songwriting and publishing insight with the group.
Sunday’s panel on Making Money Making Music was another favorite. It was great to see one of our favorite NARIP members Sydney Alston on the mic sharing his experiences and knowledge on being a successful artist manager and top executive at Discmakers.