Re: Suggestions on Finding a Good AE/Producer Mentor in Nashville?
Hmmmm....this is a good question. Truth be told I'm not sure that there's as much work going on here as used to be. In fact, I think Bob and I have been working more than most from what I've been told, though we don't have our own studio. My best advice would be to look for more than one mentor. I learned by working with several top names in the biz and even a few non-names. I think I learned more from the non-names actually! They were more willing to spend time with me and share. The top dogs just wanted me to run around (though I did learn stuff by paying CLOSE attention). Meet as many people as you can. Do the hang, spend the time. Show people you're willing to go the extra yard. And ASK QUESTIONS! (when appropriate). I've never been afraid to share if I wasn't in the middle of something.
Hope that helps a bit.
"I don't have a clue, I don't trust those who do, I'm just trying to shake these Jim Gordon Blues"-The Dictators
"There is more to it than exciting the senses of the listeners with virtuosity and loud crash-bang effects. My goal has always been to take the audience along with me deep inside, as in meditation, to feel the sweet pain of trying to reach out for the Supreme, to bring tears to the eyes and to feel totally peaceful and cleansed"-Ravi Shankar