Rob Seals is a songwriter, producer and educator, working with an impressive roster of artists and producers that goes back decades. Starting with his first record, produced by John Alagia, producer of John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Ben Folds, Edwin McCain and more, Rob wrote and produced songs that were featured on hit TV shows, feature and documentary films and radio. In 2009 along with his wife Ashley, he founded The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, an internationally-renowned school that attracts Grammy winners, rock stars, absolute beginners just starting their music careers, and all types of artists from around the globe to tap into the joy of creating and writing music. Rob takes us through his story of music and shares his vision of coaching and encouraging artists to discover their truth, and to bring out the best of who they are.
Larissa Lam is a twenty-year veteran of the music industry and is a successful singer and songwriter of dance pop music. Her latest single, “I Feel Alive,” won the Hollywood in Media Award and the Akademia Music Award for best song. Her fourth solo album “Love and Discovery” is now a movement for empowerment and mental health, starting the #IFeelAlive campaign with PSA’s for Suicide Prevention Month, sharing mental health resources and more. She’s performed across the country, has had songs placed in TV, movies and video games, and has also released a documentary with her husband, Finding Cleveland, about Chinese immigrants during Mississippi’s segregation and Chinese Exclusion Act era. Larissa shares her unique experience as an Asian American in the music business and best practices of how to get a head start in high school, college and more – all the steps needed to get that music job.
Sonnet Simmons is an immensely talented artist, an award-winning singer songwriter, and a keen player in the music industry. From a high-profile start as a featured contestant on ABC’s reality singing competition series Rising Star, Sonnet has performed with Kamasi Washington and Miles Mosley at the Hollywood Bowl, and has had her songs placed in top-tier ad campaigns like Coca Cola and Overstock.com. Now Vice President of Catch the Moon Music, Sonnet shares her journey of discovering her authentic artist within and channeling that success towards ever-higher music career goals in the industry, all while helping fellow indie artists do the same.
Colin Wolfe, known by those who are “in the know”, began his career as an essential collaborator to The Chronic, Dr. Dre’s iconic album that changed the landscape for gangsta rap and hit music as we know it today. As a prime time player in the industry, working with everyone from Michael Jackson to George Clinton to Bjork, Colin takes us through his musical journey from The Chronic to Atlanta to the state of the business today, dropping essential knowledge and phenomenal advice for those who want a sustainable music career or to just start off on the right track.
Chloe Temtchine, ChloeTemtchine.com
Marvin V. Acuna is a veteran film producer, an experiential marketer, a content creator for TV, film and publications – and he’s just getting started. As co-creator and Executive Producer of Platinum Hit on Bravo, a reality songwriting competition series featuring Jewel and hitmaker Kara DioGuardi, he is no stranger to the music industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and insight about artist management and promotion, and how to build a successful music career. Currently Partner and Manager of Chloe Temtchine Entertainment, Marvin shares his journey from marketing to music and explains innovative methods and practices to getting your music and brand the attention it deserves.