The Recording Connection audio school alternative (RRFC) is very proud to sponsor the first-ever Pensado Awards 2014 and show their support for so many of the professionals who serve behind the scenes, making so much of the great music we hear today. Taking place on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Fairmont Miramar in Los Angeles, the ceremony hosted a crowd of more than 600 recording industry figures and included presentations from artists Sir Paul McCartney and Neil Young and performances from Lisa Loeb. Co-hosting was done by some of the industry’s best talent: Young Guru, Chris Lord-Alge and mix engineer Marcella Araica. Our own CEO Jimi Petulla and Consultant Brian Kraft considered it a sincere honor to walk the red carpet and to contribute in recognizing so many of the music industry’s professionals for their achievements.
The Pensado Awards was founded as a means of acknowledging the producers, songwriters, DJ’s, audio engineers, mixers, live sound wizards and behind-the-scenes audio technicians whose talents make music what it is today. This unique music industry awards ceremony is a natural outgrowth of tremendously popular and informative YouTube show Pensado’s Place, co-hosted by Grammy winner Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick. Since its launch in September 2011, Pensado’s Place has attained more than 120k subscribers, is seen in 150 countries with over 6 million annual views, and has more than 200 episodes featuring superstar guests including a number of Recording Connection mentors and lots of insights, insider techniques, and laughter. The YouTube phenomenon has been called “the Charlie Rose of audio” and is watched by audio amateurs and music professionals alike.
In 2014, Recording Connection teamed up with Pensado’s Place to offer full-ride scholarships to a number of the show’s viewers. One winner who has since gone on to achieve success is Dani Munoz of Miami, Florida who went on to do live sound for Flo Rida on his European Tour and is currently producing artist Tien while continuing on in the Recording Connection Advanced Audio and Music Production Program with mentor Matt Linesch, known for his work with Dave Mason and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Other notable guests to attend the Pensado Awards 2014 include Foo Fighters, Alex Da Kid (Producer of Imagine Dragons, Rihanna, & Eminem), singer Israel Houghton, Young Guru, Saturday Night Live Executives, Chairman of Virgin Records, Time Warner Entertainment Executives, Apple Audio Executives. The Pensado Awards serves a much-needed purpose: to honor those whose talents are at work behind the scenes. This important event enabled talented engineers and producers to be recognized for their achievements and brought together music’s best professionals, brands and press as one community, aligned in their support and respect for the craft and art of making music.