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“Day One of ASCAP.  I’m attending the ASCAP (www.ascap.com) Music Creators Conference in Hollywood, California for a number of reasons.  First, to cover it for Austin Daze Magazine. Second, because singer-songwriter Marie West asked me to come out and photograph her and third, because I thought that I would get as much out of it, creatively, as a photographer, as the singer-songwriters who the conference is intended for.  I certainly have so far.  The ASCAP staff are nice, professional, accommodating and have been a pleasure to work with.  They gave me press credentials so that I could get into any panel or interview that I needed to shoot. This is a really well run conference with up and coming rock stars milling around seeing demos of recording gear and software and talking with industry professionals to learn more about how to become the real deal rock star, like the ones who come to the conference to give interviews and workshops; think John Mayer, Linda Perry, Patrick Clifford, Quincy Jones, Ludacris and Justin Timberlake, to name just a few.  These are singers, writers, producers and publicists who come to the conference with the genuine intention of helping the hopefuls.  It has a great vibe.   It’s actually pretty emotional, for everybody, at times.  Austin is on everyone’s lips and minds and John Mayer talked about his SXSW experience during his hour long interview pictured here. It makes me proud to have Austin on my press badge.”

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  1. Christine

    Go Russ!