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Sylvia Massy

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Absolutely charming in every way, Sylvia Massy was one of headlining speakers at Audio Forum 2018. The UK Parobrod venue was as full as it never was; we had to save on air to stay in longer and listen to one of the greatest music producers in the world.

Sylvia is best known for her work with Tool, System of a Down, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Prince, Bjork, Johnny Cash. We'll never forget her story about working with Prince: "When I'd invite him to listen to what I've been doing, he'd just burst out of the studio with some woman and leave".

Sylvia is a pioneer of rather unconventional sound recording techniques: running audio signal through pickles, light bulbs; recording drums with garden hoses, placing the control and live room into the same space, etc.

She started her career in studios Tower Records, Larrabee Sound, Sound City Studios. Today, Sylvia lives and works in Oregon. Her collaborations with Rick Rubin, working on albums by Slayer, Danzig, Geto Boys are quite known and respected. Guest appearances in workshops, academia, YouTube videos, even in Pensado's Place are pretty regular as well!

Andrew Scheps

Andrew Scheps is a music recordist, mixer and music producer; a three-time Grammy award winner in following categories:

1. Best Reggae Album for "Fly Rasta" by Ziggy Marley,
2. Album Of The Year for "21" by Adele,
3. Best Rock Album for "Stadium Arcadium" by Red Hot Chilly Peppers;

He has been equally successful in many different musical genres, a fact backed up by this excerpt from his portfolio: Adele, Beyoncé, Black Sabbath, Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chilly Peppers, Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Metallica, Manu Chao, U2.

There's one thing particularly interesting about Andrew - he works exclusively "in-the-box", meaning that he uses no external gear, only computer software. This approach enables him to work in parallel on different projects and - to be mobile!

Recently, Andrew relocated his studio from Los Angeles to Monnow Valley in the United Kingdom.

Dave Pensado

Dave Pensado is winner of a prestigious music award Grammy, which he received in 2008. for mixing "Growing Pains" by Mary J Blige, awarded by The Recording Academy for exceptional contributions to music and record history.

His career started in Atlanta in the the '70s and '80s working as a live sound engineer. In 2011, along with Herb Trawick, he started a weekly internet series "Pensado's Place". He then made a website that will soon after become a praised educational portal for people interested in the music industry.

Therefore, it's not a coincidence that about 120 schools worldwide adopted Pensado's Place as one of the main educational sources in their curriculum.

Pensado has worked with the greatest artists the world has ever heard. Just to name a few: Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, AfroJack, Beyoncé, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Jill Scott, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Destiny’s Child, Pussycat Dolls, Pink.

Bobby Owsinski

Bobby is a music industry veteran, in virtually all its shapes and forms, pioneering in surround sound post-production for music concerts. He took part in mixing over 100 DVD concerts in 5.1 for artists such as The Who, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Iron Maiden, The Ramones, Chicago, etc.

Bobby has also been one of best-selling music industry-related book authors. With over 23 published works, the most notable are Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, The Recording Engineer’s Handbook and Music 4.1: A Survival Guide for Making Music in the Internet Age.

Being a regular contributor to various audio-related magazines, he has been writing articles for Surround Professional, EQ, Billboard, Film&Video, Hollywood Reporter, Mix, Grammy Magazine, Electronic Musician.

One of the most visited music production blogs, "Bobby’s Big Picture Music Production Blog", with over 5 million reads, was made and gets regularly updated by Bobby Owsinski.

Vojislav Voja Aralica

They say he's the "busiest music producer in Serbia"! With more than 50 records under his belt, some of those were the best-sellers in the ex-Yugoslav region. Aside from having worked in the greatest Serbian studios, Voja was building his career in top-tier studios in the world: Real World Studios, Abbey Road, Studio de la Grande Armée, Metalworks Studios, NRG, Metropolis, Strongroom.

Voja is a self-taught musician, without formal music education, starting as early as 16 years of age. As a well-respected producer, arranger, composer and performer, he greatly contributed to various film scores, musicals and TV advertisements.

He produced music for the world-renowned film director Emir Kusturica. Also, the greatest artists from the ex-Yugoslav region have been closely collaborating with Voja: Bajaga i instruktori, Zdravko Čolić, Van Gog, Električni orgazam, Bilja Krstić i Bistrik, Frajle, Dejan Cukić. He is a full-time member of the band "Kolja i grobovlasnici".

Audio Forum organizers give special thanks to Voja for his selfless support since the first event up until today. He is considered an honorary member of Audio Forum!

Aleksandar Saša Habić

We claim with utmost certainty that Saša's influence on music production was crucial. He redefined the role of music producer in the ex-Yugoslav region! His name is mostly associated with records made in Studio 5 of Radio Belgrade. He was a long time employee of record company PGP-RTB, founded in 1958. Habić was, therefore, a part of a generation of musicians that changed the understanding of pop-rock music in the ex-Yugoslav region, paving the way for fresh approaches to music production, influenced by then greatest music production practices.

During his long and successful career, Saša collaborated with the most popular artists and bands of ex-Yugoslavia: Bajaga i instruktori, Zdravko Čolić, Riblja čorba, Van Gog, Rambo Amadeus, Piloti, Zana, Galija, Smak, YU grupa, Kerber, Jakarta, U škripcu, Željko Bebek, Oktobar 1864.

Habić produced a song with the greatest number of participating artists in the history of Yugoslav pop-rock, "Za milion godina" (1985), a contribution to Band Aid that worked to raise awareness of the need to help the country of Ethiopia.

Nikša Bratoš

Nikša Bratoš is one of the most significant pop music personas in the ex-Yugoslav region. His professional career began by playing guitar and keyboards in Sarajevo-based bands Valentino and Crvena Jabuka. Then, he gets an opportunity to arrange and produce music for these two bands and so began his long and successful career of "music director".

Nikša developed his unique arranger's and producer's style by introducing complex musical arrangements; with plethora of instrumentation and backing vocals. His multi-instrumentalist background certainly helped develop this one-of-a-kind approach to music production.

He's been awarded with the most respectable record-related awards in Croatia - total of 36. Many of the ex-Yugoslav artists owe their success to Nikša, such as these: Gibonni, Oliverom Dragojević, Zdravko Čoliće, Đorđe Balašević, Toše Proeski.

Nikša also holds the position of Lecturer at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Croatia.

Boris Krstajić

Boris started his music career in the late '90s as arranger and producer then younger generations of pop authors. In early 2000s he began writing his own music within the project called "Speed Limit", securing the reputation of the most prominent electronic music author in Serbia.

Collaborations with significant pop artists soon followed for Boris, while at the same time fighting his way to the international electro-pop scene.

In 2012, the dream came true with the release of "Ma Cherie", made in collaboration with DJ Antoine. The song went platinum in many European countries and took place in electronic music top 10s in Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Slovakia and Switzerland.

As arranger and producer, Boris bad worked with many successful Serbian pop artists such as Aleksandra Radović, Ana Štajdohar, Miligram, Zana, Madame Piano, Saša Vasić.

Boris Krstajić what the first speaker at the first Audio Forum!

Nikola Divić

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Nikola is a young businessman, known for creating one of the first Serbian cryptocurrencies - GameCredits. He's been developing software for years and began with entrepreneurship during GameCredits development, as a crypto-investor. The enthusiasm around blockchain technology eventually created Soniq Project.

Soniq Project was aiming to enable everyone to participate in music talent competitions - as audience, sponsors or judges, all within a dedicated product. The basic motivation was to eliminate friction known to exist in traditional competitions - political bias, sensationalism, unfair play. Soniq Stars was an emerging platform built on blockchain technology that would use Soniq Token as official currency, securing fair-play and chance for everyone to compete with only their skills.

After completing a reward-based Instagram campaign, in which they invited aspiring musicians to publish videos of their musical interpretations, Soniq took its last breath. To get the good ideas out, sometimes you need a little luck.

We hope that Soniq Project, one of the sponsors of Audio Forum 2018, shall play their song again.