SAE LA Tech Expo Mentoring Session


SAE Institute Los Angeles Tech Expo 2013
Ask SPARS Mentoring Session”SAELogo

Saturday, August 17, 2013
2 PM – 5 PM
SAE Institute Los Angeles
6565 Sunset Blvd, Ground Floor
Los Angeles, CA  90028
(323) 466-6323

At SAE Institute Los Angeles’ Tech Expo, SPARS will be offering their popular Ask SPARS mentoring session. The Ask SPARS program makes recognized and successful industry professionals available to students, recent graduates and other recording professionals to meet face-to-face, answer any questions and provide career advice.  At the Tech Expo, panels of respected leaders in the industry will go through the following topics for an hour each:

2 – 3 pm: Production
with Drew Waters, Michael Lloyd, Hilton “Deuce” Wright II, Niko Bolas, Candace Stewart, Khaliq Glover

3 – 4 pm: Audio Business Management
with Drew Waters, Candace Stewart, Khaliq Glover, Niko Bolas

4 – 5 pm: Audio Engineering
with Drew Waters, Andrew Scheps, Niko Bolas, Khaliq Glover, Candace Stewart

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The following mentors are currently scheduled.


Drew Waters, Universal Music, Head of Studio Operations &  Archiving, Capitol Studios

Drew Waters is Head of Studio Operations, Archives and Strategy at the iconic Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California. Additionally, he is an accomplished bassist, composer and recording engineer who holds a Ph.D. in Performance and Composition from New York University.

A long supporter of education, Drew has held the position of Assistant Professor at CSU Monterey Bay as well as at SUNY Plattsburgh, teaching a wide variety of music and recording courses. He is a member of AES, SOCAN and is a voting member of NARAS.


Khaliq Glover, Kaliq-o-Vision, Recording Engineer / Producer / Mix Engineer

Khaliq Glover (also know as Khaliq-O-Vision) is a Grammy Award Winning Engineer/Author/Producer whose clients include Prince, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Angie Stone, Herbie Hancock, Christina Aguilera, Marcus Miller, Jeffrey Osborne, Jamie Foxx, Patti LaBelle, Shanice, Smokey Robinson, and many more.

He is one of the mixing and recording engineers on the new Michael Jackson album called “Michael” as well as the “This Is It” theme song from the movie and he previously worked on the original “We Are The World” project with Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, and a host of the world’s top recording stars.

Khaliq has written a book entitled “Hypnotic Music Secrets” (available on that reveals techniques and tips used to make music feel irresistible to it’s listeners.

Khaliq Glover is the founder of the Music Mixing Success Bootcamp and is also a mentor to aspiring audio engineers, musicians, singers, and songwriters throughout the world with his music and audio engineering tutorial sites.

Candace Stewart, EastWest Recording Studos, Studio Manager

Candace Stewart is an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in Recording Studio management. She has managed such facilities as Take One Recording, Red Zone, Soundcastle Studios, and Firehouse Studios.

Prior to coming on board at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, Candace managed Cello Studios which was located in the same building, and was converted into EastWest Studios by design superstar Philippe STARCK.

She has worked with artists in all genres of music from the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg to film composers, Jerry Goldsmith and Paul Williams.

In her tenure as a manager she has seen many technological changes in the industry but her commitment remains the same: to facilitate artists and all those who create music in any way possible.

Niko Bolas, Producer/Engineer

Niko Bolas is known as a “vibe oriented” producer/engineer in music studios and in forays with hi-tech companies. He has recorded and produced music and technology since starting at the famous Record One Studio in 1979. In music, he’s cut with a wide spectrum…

Classic Artists – Neil Young (The Volume Dealers), Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Keith Richards, Herb Alpert, KISS, Steve Perry…

Contemporary Artists – John Mayer, Los Lonely Boys, Melissa Etheridge, The Waterboys, My Morning Jacket…

Rising Talents – Australia’s Rushcutter, England’s Two Spot Gobi, and Chicago’s Echo Son.

Film work spans “The Breakfast Club”, “Singles”, Scorcese’s “Lightning In A Bottle”, and Beyonce’s “Cadillac Records.”

Michael Lloyd, Producer, (Interview), Music Supervisor

Michael Lloyd was Vice President of A&R for MGM Records by the age of 20, and for more than 45 years has been producing hit records and soundtracks, earning more than 100 gold and platinum records along the way. Some of the artists he’s worked with include, Barry Manilow, Lou Rawls, Shaun Cassidy, Belinda Carlisle, The Bellamy Brothers, The Monkees, Donny and Marie Osmond, The Osmonds, Stryper, Sammy Davis, Jr., The Righteous Brothers, Debby Boone, Leif Garrett, Air Supply, and Frank Sinatra, just to name a few. He was the Music Supervisor for the film “Dirty Dancing” and produced the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack album. He’s also done the scoring, music supervision, song writing, song placement and/or music producing for well over 110 motion pictures, 22 TV movies, 13 TV specials & 37 television series.   His chart records span six decades, from the 60’s to the present.

Andrew Scheps, Producer/Engineer

Andrew Scheps has engineered and mixed for some of the biggest rock bands in the world: Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Audioslave, Linkin Park, Green Day and U2. He’s also worked with icons such as Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and Iggy Pop, as well as indie artists such as Manu Chao, Duke Spirit, Cass McCombs and Blood Red Shoes.

Andrew started as a musician, but found that what he enjoyed most was working behind the scenes. This led him to study recording at the University of Miami. After graduating, he spent some time working for Synclavier, and then on the road with Stevie Wonder (as a keyboard tech) and Michael Jackson (mixing live sound). But he found his home in the studio, and he honed his craft working for producers such as Rob Cavallo, Don Was and Rick Rubin.

Having learned from some of the best in the business, Andrew began producing bands including Audrye Sessions, Favez and The Duke Spirit.

Andrew does much of his work at his own studio, Punkerpad West. See photos here. It’s here, on this gear, that he’s mixed Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many others.

Hilton “Deuce” Wright II, Producer/Songwriter

“Well-versed versatility” how better to describe the sound of Hilton & Brian Wright. The production/songwriting duo and first cousins are the perfect blend of what has been, is and will be forever amazing in music. Getting their start in the

early 2000s in their hometown of Southfield, MI, a suburb of Detroit, the production team haas already proven themselves to be a flawless gem in the Motor City’s crown. In the mid 2000s they decided to expand their operation when Hilton relocated to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College. The move proved to be vital for the duo as it assisted them in cultivating their company, WrighTrax Productions as both a brand and a business.

Drawing their inspiration from such musical giants as Michael Jackson, Rick Rubin, George Martin and J. Dilla, to name a few, has enabled them to keep an un-capped, fresh approach to their music. To date, Hilton and Brian have had the great fortune of working with recording artists Mike Posner, Big Sean, Drake, Mr. Hudson and a host of other prominent and up-and-coming artists. They have also had the opportunity to score advertisements for such major corporations as Wal-Mart, Jeep and Corona. In addition to the aforementioned, they are in the process of starting a non-profit organization, The Most Likely 2 Succeed Foundation. The organization’s focus is on helping high school aged students realize their un-tapped potential.

Counting their blessings and relying on their “unmerited favor,” Hilton and Brian have a goal to be more than producers, songwriters or artists…they strive to be “change agents who will better the world through music.”

2 Responses to SAE LA Tech Expo Mentoring Session

  1. Greg says:

    So if I’m registered for the SAE Tech Expo, do I also have to separately sign up for the mentoring sessions? Or can I just show up to them at the expo?

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