AES 2013: Friday night keynote lecture from Jimmy Jam

Since forming their company Flyte Tyme Productions in 1982, Jimmy Jam and partner Terry Lewis have collaborated with such diverse and legendary artists as Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Michael Jackson, Robert Palmer, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Rod Stewart, Yolanda Adams, Sting, Heather Headley, Usher, Celine Dion, Kanye West, Chaka Khan and Trey Songz, among others.

Jimmy and Terry have written and/or produced over 100 albums and singles that have reached gold, platinum, multi-platinum, or diamond status, including 26 No. 1 R&B and 16 No. 1 pop hits, giving the pair more Billboard No. 1’s than any other duo in chart history.

Jimmy Jam’s AES Keynote address, titled "The Current and Future Direction Of The Recording Process from an Artist, Engineer, and Producer’s Perspective", will focus on the current and future direction of the recording process from various perspectives. As a songwriter, artist, producer and engineer, Jimmy is in a unique position to give a bird’s-eye view of how each of these ‘personalities’ interact and contribute to the overall final product, and along the way, how technology has evolved and what it has meant to his craft.

"Of course it all starts with a great song, but then, it’s important to consider how and what technology should be used to capture that creativity," stated Jam.

"It’s that intersection between the technology and creativity that I have always looked at every day throughout my career. Ultimately, it’s my job as a artist/producer to have those two elements meet and not crash ­ And that’s when you’re using the available technology to capture the artist in their purest form."

The 2013 AES show takes place 17 – 20th October at the Javits Center in New York City. For more information, visit