Grammy Nominated Engineer & Producer
Our featured keynote Speaker is Grammy nominated Engineer/Producer Frank Socorro who's multi-platinum
selling work with artists such as Amy Winehouse, Jamie Foxx, Lenny Kravitz and Mary J.
Blige is a testament not only to his technical expertise but also his passion for music and recording.
Frank Socorro started his audio career in the early 2000's working in the Miami area recording the diverse styles that occur in a city that’s developed into the melting pot it is today. During that time an opportunity to work on a Bad Boy project put him on a fast track that led to him working with artist's such as Mary J Blige, Lenny Kravitz and Lauryn Hill. Eventually he would land a position as head engineer for super producer Salaam Remi. This new position brought a wider range of projects from Nas and Cee-Lo to major motion picture work for Rush Hour and Sex and the City. Along the way came 5 GRAMMY nominations and several gold and platinum plaques. He currently operates his own studio while working with the future of audio at the SAE Miami campus.
You can find him speaking a keynote at IMSTA FESTA Miami 2017.
DJ Nitti Gritti
A name that's pushed the boundaries of bass music, supported by A list artists by the likes of Jauz, Slander, and NGHTMRE, has sprung among the dance music community, and it's Nitti Gritti. Six months and eleven releases later Nitti Gritti has captivated millions of listeners with his remakes of popular tracks such as “Gud Vibrations” and “Marching On”, but truly won over an enormous following with his original track “Dirty Dancing”. Bringing forth his raw musical talent as well as his remarkable skills in music production, Nitti Gritti highlights his creative talent through his video releases, his most recent being his insane drum cover of some of his most well-known tracks..
Taking his wild success and continued support from even larger artists like Tchami and Dillon Francis, Nitti Gritti had his debut performance at Miami’s largest Halloween event, Wynwood Fear Factory, followed by headlining the official after party alongside Adventure Club at one of Miami’s most prestigious nightclubs, Space. Nitti Gritti followed up his debut performance by playing the official Corona Electric Beach party w/ Matoma during Art Basel. But he didn't stop there, whirlwinding guest appearances at Nocturnal Wonderland & EDC Orlando alongside Bonnie X Clyde and closing out 2016 on tour with them. 2017 is already shaping up to be a big year for him, as he has a Main Stage performance at Life In Color Wynwood, and an arsenal of new music to debut. So here's to 2017, let's get down to the Nitti Gritti.
You can find him leading a masterclass at IMSTA FESTA Miami 2017.
Grammy Winning Recording Engineer & Record Producer
Jimmy Douglass (also known as The Senator) is an American four-time Grammy winning recording engineer and record producer, whose prolific career has spanned more than four decades.
Beginning the new millennium, Douglass continued engineering and mixing more Timbaland produced projects including Snoop Dogg, Bjork and Grammy winning albums for Justin Timberlake. Among the artists he also mixed are Rob Thomas, Sean Paul, Kanye West, Ludacris, Al Green, John Legend and Duran Duran.
Presently, he continues to display his versatility by remaining current while drawing from his years of experience. Douglass is best known for bringing unconventional techniques into the studio and encouraging artists to transcend genre restrictions. He is credited with bringing a raw edge to sound and specifically bringing a heavy funk bass sound into rock music. His hard work and immense talent has carved a place for him among some of the most respected engineers and mixers in the world.
You can find him speaking as a panelist at IMSTA FESTA Miami 2017.