GRAMMY® award-winning engineers sit down to discuss sound at SAE Institute’s Miami campus.
With GRAMMY® nominations for instructors on the rise at SAE Institute’s Miami campus, faculty decided to supplement their award nominations by launching a new web based video series entitled ‘Masters of Sound.’ This ongoing video series is set to launch during February 2016 and continue throughout the year with monthly installments as a way to showcase the achievements of the school’s unique and diversely talented instructors or ‘masters.
The ‘Masters of Sound’ series launch features two GRAMMY® award-winning instructors causing waves in multiple North American music markets. First is Frankie ‘El Medico’ Rodriguez, an educator who graduated from SAE Miami in 2002 and currently acts as the campus’ certified Ableton and ProTools instructor. While working for SAE for the past 12 years, Frankie has also managed to build a name for himself within the Latin American music market. Frankie has been involved in projects for some of the most notable Latin artists of our time including, Daddy Yankee, Marc Anthony, and Ricky Martin.
During his ‘Masters of Sound’ series session, he discusses earning his first Latin GRAMMY® in 2007 for his work done on Daddy Yankee’s El Cartel album, which officially solidified his influence and role within the genre of reggaeton and urban Latin music. He also discusses being nominated for four more GRAMMYs® since his original victory. His advice to students is to never stop learning: “I’m still learning new things everyday, if not new, then better ways of doing things.” He goes on to explain that to truly succeed you must master not one but one hundred things.
The ‘Masters of Sound’ series launch also features Matt Desrameaux, one of the key engineers who worked on Pharrell’s GRAMMY® award-winning track Happy, which debuted on the soundtrack of chart topping family movie Despicable Me 2 during the summer of 2013. Happy includes notable artists such as Miley Cyrus, Mary J. Blige, Rico Love, The Madden Brothers, and Good Charlotte. During his interview, Matt discusses his successes as well as explains the forgotten struggles of a sometimes hyper-glamorized industry. He reminds growing engineers to stay humble because in this field it’s not about who you know, it’s about what you know. He claims that his attention to detail and ability to get things done right is a key factor that has helped him reach success.
Matt also discusses his previous GRAMMY® nominations and a win that he received for his work on Stephen Marley’s album, The Book of Revelation. Towards the end of his interview, Matt reveals that he’s currently working on projects in relation to the rebranding of ‘90s rap star Trina, and shares a few spoilers of what to expect from the artist in the near future.