Music Biz Conference Panel

Artists, Music Producers, and Engineers – How to Prepare and Make the Best Recordings

(Hosted by Women’s Audio Mission)

Join Women’s Audio Mission (WAM) on Monday, May 13, for the opportunity to learn from Grammy-winning music producers and recording engineers on how to best prepare for and move your recording projects from preproduction to tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering.

Topics will include how to work with producers and recording engineers to make your music vision a reality and how to navigate studios and recording environments. Whether you are an artist, songwriter, musician, producer or recording engineer, this is a great opportunity to learn from the very best producers and engineers in the business.


Terri Winston, Founder and Executive Director of Women’s Audio Mission

Terri founded WAM in 2003 while she was a tenured Professor and Director of the Sound Recording Arts Program at City College of San Francisco from 2001-2011. Her love of music and the recording arts spans 30 years as a songwriter, composer, recording engineer, and producer. Winston was signed as a recording artist, engineer and producer by Polygram and BMG, and has shared the stage with such acts as P.J. Harvey, Pixies, Throwing Muses, Flaming Lips, Fugazi, Cake, and Third Eye Blind. She has collaborated with Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group and Greg Hawkes of The Cars and worked as a recording artist and producer for MainMan whose roster also included David Bowie, John Mellencamp, Lou Reed, & Iggy Pop. Winston has composed and produced theme music for KRON-TV’s “First Cut” series, Banana Republic and films that have shown on BRAVO’s Independent Film Channel, French Television’s Cine Cinemas and major festivals all over the world.

She has received an ASCAP songwriting award, Boston Music Award and Bay Area Music Award, is a voting member of the Recording Academy (The GRAMMY’s) and is active in the Producers and Engineers wing. Winston has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. She is currently serving on the Recording Academy’s (Grammy’s) National Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion and The Academy of Country Music’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.


Kazuri Arai, Producer, Engineer (Alicia Keys, Reba McEntire, Jack White)

Kazuri Arai is a Producer/Engineer/Keyboardist at Anything Kreativ, as well as the General Manager of George Massenburg Labs. Kazuri began her career in Nashville, TN as the assistant engineer to George Massenburg during his residency at the infamous Blackbird Studio C. She has worked with artists such as Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Alicia Keys, Jack White, The’s, The Rankin Family, The Subdudes, John Cowan Band, Dawn Langstroth, Geico, Panasonic/Accura among others. While she continues to work often with Massenburg on a variety of audio/music projects, she is also focused on using her experience and knowledge to develop independent artists and help them capture their creative visions.

As an educator, Kazuri serves as an Assistant Professor within the Music Production and Engineering Department at Berklee College of Music. In addition, Kazuri often lectures at Belmont University and the Interlochen Center for the Arts, focusing on subjects like career development, entrepreneurship, and the evolving challenges and opportunities in the new contemporary music business.


Maddie Harmon, Atmos Mix Engineer (Megadeth, Toby Keith, Noah Kahan, Kesha, Rihanna)

Maddie Harmon is a Nashville-based freelance tracking and mixing engineer. Over the last several years, she has worked alongside Ryan Hewitt and served as one of the Dolby Atmos mixers for Universal Music Group’s Dolby Atmos initiative at East Iris Studios. She has been involved with the Atmos mixing for hundreds of projects, including Noah Kahan’s Stick Season (2023), Kesha’s Gag Order (2023), and Stephen Sanchez’ Angel Face (2023), among many others.
In addition to Atmos mixing, Maddie has also worked with various artists, including the award-winning metal band Megadeth on their album The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! (2022) as well as Cody Jinks’ Change The Game (2024), where she helped to see the entire process—tracking, stereo mixing, and Atmos mixing—all the way through. Maddie continues to engineer and mix projects for a variety of artists, including mxmtoon, Maggie Antone, and more to be released later this year.


Piper Payne, Mastering Engineer (Janis Ian, Dolly Parton) and owner, Physical Music Products vinyl  pressing

Piper Payne is a mastering engineer based out of Nashville, TN. In the Spring of 2019, Piper joined the Infrasonic Mastering team, merging her successful studio, Neato Mastering, with the Nashville-based company owned by Pete Lyman. She began her career with a BFA in Audio from The University of Michigan, continuing her graduate education in Audio at the University of Stavanger in Norway. She has apprenticed under some of the best-known mastering and audio mentors, including Bob Katz and Michael Romanowski. Piper has mastered for artists such as Madame Gandhi, The Go-Go’s, LeAnn Rimes, Janis Ian and Hundredth. 

Piper has a diverse background in musical styles. As a drummer, she knows that the most important outcome of every project is that it has to feel good. As an engineer, Piper is focused on technical quality and correctness. But, at the end of the day, mastering is about format conversion and quality control so the project gets just what it needs.


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