Jan 14 – Jan 16
Home City: Fort Collins, CO
As Michal Menert co-produced the chart topping Pretty Lights album “Taking Up Your Precious Time”, it was natural that he was the first artist to join Pretty Lights Music. His debut solo album “Dreaming of a Bigger Life” was released in 2010, followed by 2012’s mega-LP “Even If It Isn’t Right”. In 2015 Menert released Space Jazz, and the debut by his band Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics, “1”.
Menert’s reputation as a live performer continues to grow, as he brings his music to fans nationwide via both his septet, Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, and his 22-piece all-star ensemble the Michal Menert Big Band. Menert has shared the stage with musical luminaries including STS9, Bassnectar, Umphrey’s McGee, and more, and played legendary venues including the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, The Gorge in Washington and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. His collaborations have led to the formation of myriad ongoing side projects including Manic Menert (with Manic Focus), Half Color (with Paul Basic), and work with artists like Eliot Lipp, Mux Mool, Break Science, and more. Additionally, Menert handled sound design for the Dead & Co tours, and co-produced Mickey Hart’s 2017 LP “RAMU”, as well as his 360 Surround Sound performance at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.
Committed to a community-driven approach to collaborative creativity, Menert works hand-in-hand with producers he chooses for his own record label, Super Best Records.
During his time at the Music District, Menert will host a production masterclass for Groove Theory, a program for music producers of all levels to share new, original works-in-progress and to get constructive and supportive feedback from fellow producers.
Menert will also be hosting an Academy alongside The Pretty Fantastics & Ableton, which will be a multi-day workshop dedicated to bringing your music “From the Bedroom to the Stage.”
Attendees will learn a variety of ways to turn new sounds into songs and then how to get your music from your computer and into ears worldwide, plus ways to incorporate video into your live show without breaking the bank, as well as cost-saving techniques to build your own home studio, January 18-19, 2019 in Fort Collins, Colorado at the Music District.
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