Music journalist Bob Mehr and GRAMMY-winning engineer/mixer Andrew Scheps were among the participants at the recent GRAMMY GPS: A Road Map For Today's Music Pro hosted by The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter. During the event, Mehr and Scheps participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com, discussing the influence of technology on the music industry and advice for aspiring writers, and favorite GRAMMY moments, among other topics.
"For music in the last 10 [to] 15 years, I think the big story … has not been so much even music, but the intersection of technology and music, and what that's done to the arts and creativity as a whole," said Mehr, an award-winning writer and columnist who currently serves as music critic for Memphis-based newspaper The Commercial Appeal.
Publications Mehr previously contributed to include the Phoenix New Times, Seattle Weekly, Chicago's Reader, MOJO, and Spin. He has also written liner notes for compilations, album reissues and box sets by artists such as Big Star, the Dixie Chicks, the Replacements, and Warren Zevon, among others.
"My GRAMMY moment was [meeting] Adele 20 minutes after being onstage with her, winning a GRAMMY. I'd never actually met her," recalled Scheps. "It was very surreal."
Beginning his career as a musician, Scheps has engineered and mixed recordings for artists including Audioslave, Green Day, Linkin Park, Metallica, U2, and Weezer, among others. He has worked with GRAMMY-winning producers Rob Cavallo, Rick Rubin and Don Was. Scheps earned his first GRAMMY in 2006 for Best Rock Album as a credited engineer/mixer on Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium. His second GRAMMY came in 2011 for Album Of The Year as a credited engineer/mixer on Adele's 21. Scheps currently operates his own studio, Punkerpad West, and independent record label, Tonequake Records.