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Broadcast Ready in a Hurry [LA Online]

April 28, 2020   |   6:00pm PDT   |   Seminar




6:00-8:00 PM (PDT)




You have a track to write, but limited time and budget. You’ve gotta get it right the first time. This seminar is not about tweaking every note and midi controller to the nth degree. It’s about getting it done quickly and perfectly and out the door. When a job comes in, we’re often expected to write, perform, record, mix, and master it on an almost impossible deadline. How do the pros handle it?

We’re going to hear from two composer/songwriters who self-produce at the highest level and two veteran mixing engineers. They’ll explain the pitfalls to avoid, and what producers and music supervisors are looking for in a custom track. By the end of the evening, we hope to have provided a fresh perspective on the art and alchemy of time-sensitive self-production.

John DeFaria is constantly engaged in the art of music-making. Always excited by a challenge, he finds it hard to stay away from different directions in music. Whether it be contributing to the multi-platinum success of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, collaborating with producers such as Phil Ramone, George Duke, Maurice White or David Foster, or touring with Kenny Loggins, Bob James, Kitaro and Jon Anderson of Yes, John loves stretching his talents out. “It’s always fun to try something new.” John won the ASCAP pop award for his hit song “Get On Your Feet” and also won an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock group with Gloria and the MSM crew. 

As a musician, John has recorded on numerous movie scores such as “Holes”, James Cameron’s “Ghosts of the Abyss”, “Uptown Girls” and “A Lot like Love”. John’s adventures into composer-hood have also yielded him top commercials for Direct TV and Subaru, and Television shows for Lifetime, Discovery Channel, Warner Brothers Telepictures and The Oprah Winfrey show. Through his association with composer Dean Grinsfelder, John has been working on the PBS documentary series “Ocean Adventures” with Jean Michelle Cousteau, which was nominated for an Emmy award for best Music and Sound Design. John also completed the score for the Warner Brothers movie “Dukes of Hazzard 2 -The Beginning“ Recently John wrote the music for the Nat Geo special, “And Man Created Dog” which received a Golden Reel Award from the Motion Pictures Sound Editors Guild for Best Sound in a Documentary.

Kate Diaz is an LA-based composer-producer who has been a performing songwriter for over a decade.As a composer, Kate is currently scoring a feature-length documentary.  She is also co-scoring an upcoming animated TV series, as well as a new docu-series.  Additionally, she writes commercial scores for multiple LA music houses. 

A multi-instrumentalist, Kate self-produces her scores and songs, playing all instruments and recording/mixing all tracks.  

Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Kate is endorsed by Godin Guitars and has performed her original songs at 300+ shows at venues across the country, including at national festivals and as a guest performer of well-known headliners. Her fifth pop/rock album “Take 8” is currently available on all streaming services.

John Paterno is a Grammy-winning Los Angeles-based producer, mixer, composer, recording & mastering engineer, and musician who has worked with a diverse range of artists including Robbie Williams, The Steve Gadd Band,  Soraya, Robben Ford, Eros Ramazzotti, The Thrills, Tim McGraw, Bonnie Raitt, and Badly Drawn Boy in his more than twenty-five-year career. 

John has produced or co-produced projects for Andrew Synowiec, The Black Mollys, Mitchell Froom, Lustra, Robbie Williams, The Lilac Time, and many other artists.  He has also co-written songs with artists and has written pieces for TV and film.

Damon Tedesco grew up surrounded by musicians and recording. His father, Tommy Tedesco, was a session guitarist and part of a group of musicians fondly known as The Wrecking Crew. Often attending sessions with his father during his teen years, Damon knew that he wanted to become a recording engineer.

For the last 25 years, Damon has specialized in recording music for film and television. He has recorded and mixed music for hundreds of commercials, TV shows, films, and documentaries. He is currently mixing music for Warner Bros. Looney Tunes Cartoons for composer Carl Johnson, Animaniacs 2020 for Steve and Julie Bernstein, and Disney Junior’s Mira, Royal Detective with composer Amritha Vaz.

Damon has been co-teaching at UCLA Extensions a course with Fletcher Beasley entitled Recording, Mixing, and Editing Techniques for Film Composers. He has also been the recording engineer and supported classes such as Film Scoring, Orchestration and Writing for Strings. Damon has a firm, honest and supportive teaching style which the students have come to admire.

When Damon is not enjoying time with his daughters, he enjoys his free time wiping out Protools io’s, importing session data, and uploading files. His rotund self cherishes a sedentary lifestyle carefully watching progress bars in his studio. He also spends too much time pondering content for his Trollerific Facebook page if you happen to be interested in silly “Dad Humor”.

Tyler Traband is a Film & TV composer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His music can be heard underscoring documentaries, thrillers, IMAX adventure films,TV shows and commercials. He has written and performed for top brands including Coca-Cola, Masterlock, Citgo, Simplicity, Kohler and Harley Davidson. Although formally trained, he credits his real musical education to 20 constant years of writing and performing.

Tyler fronted his own band in the midwest for well over a decade. In that time he released 6 independent CDs, played hundreds of shows, and performed on other artists’ recordings, all while scoring commercials and independent films. He loves it all!

The soundtrack for Tyler’s latest documentary, “An American Home: Frank Lloyd Wright’s B. Harley Bradley House” is out on Lakeshore Records, and he continues scoring, songwriting, and producing.


  • FREE for current SCL members (click HERE to check membership status).
  • Registered Attendees will be emailed a YouTube Live Stream link approximately 10 minutes before the Seminar starts. The link will be emailed via Eventbrite.
  • Only the SCL Host, Moderator, and Panelists will be visible on screen.
  • Attendees may ask questions using the YouTube Livestream chat function.