Recap: Musical Guest & Adam Neely at MBPT / by Alberto Chapa

Last Wednesday, April 11, 2018 I had the good fortune of presenting for the Music Businesses and Performance Technology program with the great Adam Neely at an educational event sponsored by Ableton. The evening marked both the first live presentation by Adam in the United States, and the first educational event I organized since launching Musical Guest.  Adam visited Austin to talk about his production workflow, give a lecture on music theory, and blow people’s minds with one of his signature presentations.  I was also asked by Ableton to start the evening with a Live 10 demo showcasing my workflow and production techniques.   I’m proud to say that the event was a resounding success! It was very well attended, lots of knowledge was shared, and a good time was had by all in attendance.

I first met Adam Neely in Berlin at Ableton's Loop 2017 Summit for Music Makers. His talk, "New Horizons in Music: Polyrhythms" made a strong impression on me, and it was one of the highlights of the weekend as a whole.   I was already a fan of his YouTube channel, but watching Adam in person was a very powerful experience.  His presentation style was engaging, the information he shared was novel and well presented, and he created a very accessible and fun learning environment.   Not only did he wow one of the toughest crowds of musicians and producers in Berlin with his presentation, but the information he shared also had undeniable value for the crowd of international music makers.

I suspected that he would be very well received by an Austin audience, so I felt compelled to approach Adam about doing something similar back home. He was receptive to the idea and we corresponded throughout the following months to iron out the details. There were definitely a few challenges putting the event together, and there were a few times when it looked like it might not be a feasible undertaking.  It wasn’t until my good friend Serafin at Ableton put me in touch with Francis Preve and Peter Johnson at ACC MBPT who, as it happens, were also fans of Adam’s channel.  One thing led to another, and a genuine working relationship developed with everyone involved as we all collaborated toward a common goal.

Adam is obviously a very talented educator, an extremely professional presenter, and a generous collaborator.  I look forward to seeing the path his career takes, and encourage anyone in music to check out his work and consider him for your next event. Also, take a moment to learn about  Peter and Francis’s superb Music Business and Performance Technology program, and Ableton’s user-friendly music education website

Thanks to everyone involved and everyone in this amazing community who came out to support our event, and here’s to many more successful Musical Guest happenings!


Check out some pictures from the event.

This event was organized by Musical Guest in collaboration with Ableton and the Music Businesses and Performance Technology program at Austin Community College. If you are interested in putting together a similar music or education event, reach out to find out how Musical Guest can help you take it from conception to execution.