Last night (12 March) was the inaugural PSNPresents, the first in a series of new social events hosted by PSNEurope, at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, London. Inspired by The Pre-Roll section of last year’s Pro Sound Awards, PSNPresents is centred around a sequence of on-stage interviews and panels with leading lights from the pro-audio spectrum.
The first event, sponsored by Focusrite and Avid, kicked off with a Q&A by industry personality and former Pro Sound News Europe editor Phil Ward (pictured) and guests Steve Zissler (Royal Opera House), Jonathan Suffolk (National Theatre) and Scott Talbott and Andy Tapley (BBC Studios and Post Production), before PSNEurope editor Dave Robinson took to the stage for a live panel with ‘fourth member of Portishead’ and Adele, Air and Florence + the Machine engineer Dave McDonald, Charles ‘Chicky’ Reeves, (Grace Jones, Prince), Massive Attack’s Robb Allan and Deaf Havana FOH Ben Hammond to chomp and chew over the highs and lows of working in the live sound scene – including the perils of working with Kanye West and the truth behind the rumours that Saxon were the inspiration for Spinal Tap...
Focusrite and Avid were the principal event sponsors, with the Focusrite RedNet 6 MADI bridge (see WIN a Focusrite RedNet 6 worth £1600 at PSNPresents) won by University of West London music tech student Marcus Bagdonas (pictured right with Focusrite's Simon Short).
"PSNPresents is a great format," says attendee and HHB Communications marketing manager Andrew Low. "I really enjoyed the discussion on technology's role in enhancing a production without muddling the creative process, combined with interesting anecdotes so that it wasn’t too tech-heavy. It was a good mix of industry heads, students and top engineers that made for an all-round entertaining evening."
"It was a well thought-out choice of venue, with a nice relaxing atmosphere," adds L-Acoustics application engineer Dan Orton. "All the guests had something interesting to say and sounded very genuine and passionate when answering the questions and talking about their experiences. Looking forward to the next one."
Chris Hollebone, sales operations and marketing manager for Merging Technologies, comments: "I thought it was a brilliant evening: well attended, a good mix of ages and involvement in the industry, great venue. I enjoyed the sessions a lot and Phil and Dave have nicely contrasting styles, as did the interviewees.
"I think it worked extremely well. [It was a] great networking event and I think it shows the publication is engaged with its readership and is giving something back to them."
Alexis Lipoff, director of 3WM Communications, says: "I was particularly impressed by the way PSNPresents was organised – the quality of the panel and topics covered were spot-on. The industry needs to see more of these events and I am looking forward to the next one in November. My negroni made by the barman wasn’t bad, either!"
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Look out for more photos, videos and a full event write-up in the coming weeks!