The TAXI Road Rally 2012

"The Rally and TAXI have changed my life, and for that I am forever grateful."
óJohn Mazzei, TAXI member

All photos by Jim DiModica

Diane Warren Lifetime Achievement AwardTAXI’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Diane Warren (center), was so sick her doctor wouldn’t let her speak, but she graciously showed up to accept her award and thank our members at this year’s Road Rally. Her friend, Marcia Zwilling (left) read a thank you message on Diane’s behalf, while Warren and TAXI’s Michael Laskow look on.

“This was my first Rally and absolutely the best weekend I've had... ever. Don't tell my wife, she thinks it was our wedding!”
- Russell Landwehr,
TAXI member

"Everyone I spoke to really raved about the Road Rally."
-Jeff Brabec
V.P. BMG/Chrysalis Music

Lifetime Achievement AwardAnatomy of a Film Placement panelists John Houlihan (left) and Kevin Houlihan (3rd from left) join TAXI’s Michael Laskow (2nd from left) and Adam Weitz for a quick photo opp right after the panel.
Lifetime Achievement AwardMusic Supervisor Jonathan Klein (The League, FX network) opens the 16th annual Road Rally, welcoming members and guests, and introducing TAXI’s founder Michael Laskow at the start of the event.
Lifetime Achievement AwardSome of TAXI’s hardest working, and most successful members delivered an insightful and inspirational panel called The Five Year Plan. Panelists from left to right are: Matt Hirt, John Mazzei, Dave Walton, Barry French, and Dean Krippaehne.

“This weekend was absolutely transformational for me.”
- Pedro Costa,
TAXI member

"I gotta say, it lived up to the hype and then some. That was one of the greatest experiences of my life."
-Mike Baressi,
TAXI Member

Lifetime Achievement AwardWhere else but the TAXI Road Rally can you get 5 top experts with Major Label, Publishing, and Film/TV Licensing expertise to hear your music and give you live feedback? Joining us for this panel were (from left to right) Ezekiel Lewis (V.P. Universal/Motown), Michael Puryear (President, Final Four Music), Michael Laskow (TAXI), Chip Hardy (Nashville based Songwriter/Producer), Bill Bentley (Director of A&R, Vanguard Music), and Robert Case (President, New Pants Publishing) (seated).
Lifetime Achievement Award

“TAXI and the Road Rally have been the best investment in my musical career that I ever made. Nobody delivers like TAXI!”
- Kurt Kreimier,
TAXI member


Lifetime Achievement AwardHit Songwriter Tim Myers gives some pointers on "Writing Songs for Advertising, Radio and Records". The former OneRepublic member was a wealth of information!  
Lifetime Achievement AwardTAXI Member Matthew Moss shakes hands with Tim Myers (Songwriter/Artist/Producer, formerly of OneRepublic) after his panel in the Grand Ballroom.

“I nearly didn't make the trip over from Hong Kong, thinking that it was too early to benefit from the rally after joining only 6 months ago. I couldn't have been more wrong, and this really was one of the most outstanding and enriching events I have ever been to”
- Andrew,
TAXI member

Lifetime Achievement AwardJabari Ali (Music Supervisor, BET) smiles wide as he greets a TAXI member after the "Music Supervisor Listening and Q&A" panel.
Lifetime Achievement AwardTAXI's Michael Laskow questions A-list composer Jack Wall (Myst, Splinter Cell, Call of Duty, Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and more) and Julia Trainor (Sr. Music Supervisor at Cimarron Group) about how they create and/or pick music for their projects.
Lifetime Achievement AwardMusic Supervisor John Houlihan takes a CD and a handshake from TAXI Member Lance Gehl after the Anatomy of a Film Placement panel.
Lifetime Achievement AwardThe Grand Ballroom was packed when Lifetime Achievement Award honoree John Braheny spoke about his career helping songwriters all over the world. John was unable to attend the Road Rally due to health reasons, so he gave his interview via Skype.
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TAXI Member

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TAXI Member

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