The TAXI Road Rally, 2017 Photo Gallery

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Photos by James DiModica and Ryan Taalbi

Why do people fly to Los Angeles from all over the world for TAXI’s annual Road Rally convention? Is it the education, the access to more than 100 music industry insiders and experts, the ease of meeting collaborators and making friends, or the indescribable sense of community that the Rally has become famous for all over the world?

It’s all of the above!

The Road Rally is called “The best convention for songwriters, artists, and composers,” by virtually everybody who has ever attended. There’s so much to do and learn, that it is a little bit like Disneyland for musicians: the happiest place in the world, but you can’t do it all in just one weekend.

You know what that means don’t you? You need to come back next year to get to all the great stuff you couldn’t get to this year!

Here are just a few comments about the weekend!

“I was surprised at how easy it was to meet people. I'm pretty introverted, so it's tough for me to go up to a stranger and start a conversation, but it was so easy there – in lines, classes, at the bar. I met a ton of people, had some great conversations, made a bunch of new friends. And I was surprised at how eager the experienced members were to give you tips. Everybody seems to want to help you be successful. Great vibe.”
—Rob Roper

“The whole weekend was an unforgettable experience that was entertaining and educational beyond all my expectations. I'd read all the testimonials and they sounded just too good to be true, but now I'd write all those things myself – and more besides. Meeting the members and everyone was absolutely amazing, and if that had been the only thing I did, it would have been worth the 10,000 mile round trip. What a community!!! Thanks to all you guys – you are incredible!!!!”
—Graham, U.K.

“At the final panel at #TAXIRoadRally What a weekend! Truly life altering!”
—Patrick Adams

“This has been the BEST weekend of my life.”
—Mark Himley

Enjoy the photos, and keep you eyes open for hundreds more on our Facebook page in the near future!

(left to right) TAXI’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Steve Dorff during his keynote interview with TAXI’s Michael Laskow.
(left to right) TAXI’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Steve Dorff during his keynote interview with TAXI’s Michael Laskow.
Music Licensing executive Michele Wernick (President, MW Music) gives some positive feedback to a TAXI member during a One-to-One Mentor Session.
Music Licensing executive Michele Wernick (President, MW Music) gives some positive feedback to a TAXI member during a One-to-One Mentor Session.
People love how TAXI’s Road Rally brings the industry together with songwriters, artists, and composers. Our photographer captured member Spring Lovelle looking on as TAXI member Michelle Lockey is about to get a big hug from Match Maker Music’s CEO, Brooke Ferri (right)
People love how TAXI’s Road Rally brings the industry together with songwriters, artists, and composers. Our photographer captured member Spring Lovelle looking on as TAXI member Michelle Lockey is about to get a big hug from Match Maker Music’s CEO, Brooke Ferri (right)
Music licensing experts Jeff Freundlich and Daniel Higbee crack up during their Film and TV Music Listening and Feedback panel.
Music licensing experts Jeff Freundlich and Daniel Higbee crack up during their Film and TV Music Listening and Feedback panel.
Fervor Records Head of A&R, Jacob Nathan (standing) gets ready to join a table full of TAXI members during the Mentor Lunch at the Road Rally.
Fervor Records Head of A&R, Jacob Nathan (standing) gets ready to join a table full of TAXI members during the Mentor Lunch at the Road Rally.
(left to right) TAXI members James Thacker, Brandon Mathias, Beth Wernick (CEO, Imaginary Friends), and Austin Fillingo look to be having a warm reunion at this year’s convention.
(left to right) TAXI members James Thacker, Brandon Mathias, Beth Wernick (CEO, Imaginary Friends), and Austin Fillingo look to be having a warm reunion at this year’s convention.
Music Supervisor Mason Cooper was incredibly generous with his time before, during, and even after his appearances on three panels at TAXI’s 21st Road Rally convention.
Music Supervisor Mason Cooper was incredibly generous with his time before, during, and even after his appearances on three panels at TAXI’s 21st Road Rally convention.
(left to right) Mason Cooper (Music Supervisor), Michael Laskow (TAXI CEO), Frank Palazzolo (Music Supervisor), Jonathan Weiss (Music Supervisor), Susan Dolan (Music Supervisor), and Jacob Nathan (A&R Head, Fervor Records/Music Supervisor) pose for a group shot after their Listening and Feedback panel at this year’s convention.
(left to right) Mason Cooper (Music Supervisor), Michael Laskow (TAXI CEO), Frank Palazzolo (Music Supervisor), Jonathan Weiss (Music Supervisor), Susan Dolan (Music Supervisor), and Jacob Nathan (A&R Head, Fervor Records/Music Supervisor) pose for a group shot after their Listening and Feedback panel at this year’s convention.
(left to right) Music Supervisor Jonathan Weiss takes a few minutes to hang out with and get some new music from TAXI Member Terrell Burt at the Road Rally.
(left to right) Music Supervisor Jonathan Weiss takes a few minutes to hang out with and get some new music from TAXI Member Terrell Burt at the Road Rally.
Music Library owner Chas Ferry (CEO, HollywoodTrax) listens very intently while a TAXI member asks a question during the Mentor Lunch.
Music Library owner Chas Ferry (CEO, HollywoodTrax) listens very intently while a TAXI member asks a question during the Mentor Lunch.
Music Supervisor Russ Howard III was happy to take questions and music from some enthusiastic TAXI members that had just watched him on the Music Supervisor Listening and Feedback panel.
Music Supervisor Russ Howard III was happy to take questions and music from some enthusiastic TAXI members that had just watched him on the Music Supervisor Listening and Feedback panel.
(left to right) Rich Goldman (Founder, Riptide Music Group), Bob Mair (CEO, Black Toast Music), Michele Wernick (President, MW Music & Wine), and Beth Wernick (CEO, Imaginary Friends) gave some great feedback on their panel at the 2017 TAXI Road Rally.
(left to right) Rich Goldman (Founder, Riptide Music Group), Bob Mair (CEO, Black Toast Music), Michele Wernick (President, MW Music & Wine), and Beth Wernick (CEO, Imaginary Friends) gave some great feedback on their panel at the 2017 TAXI Road Rally.
Rich Goldman (Founder, Riptide Music Group) spends some time with TAXI members Sergio Naranjo and Robert Tillis after wrapping up the Music Library panel he had just finished in the Grand Ballroom.
Rich Goldman (Founder, Riptide Music Group) spends some time with TAXI members Sergio Naranjo and Robert Tillis after wrapping up the Music Library panel he had just finished in the Grand Ballroom.
Veteran Music Supervisor Mason Cooper did an outstanding job of explaining what spotting sessions are like for both film and television. In this photo, he is explaining how music needs to fill a scene from point A to point B, while enhancing the scene’s emotion and satisfying the producer or director’s vision.
Veteran Music Supervisor Mason Cooper did an outstanding job of explaining what spotting sessions are like for both film and television. In this photo, he is explaining how music needs to fill a scene from point A to point B, while enhancing the scene’s emotion and satisfying the producer or director’s vision.
Mega Hit Songwriter Jason Blume holds court at his Mentor Lunch table while TAXI Member Martin Tichy looks on.
Mega Hit Songwriter Jason Blume holds court at his Mentor Lunch table while TAXI Member Martin Tichy looks on.
(left to right) TAXI Members Frankie Justin Lamprey and Aventurina King enjoy a one-on-one conversation after Ms. King’s stellar appearance on the Success Is No Accident panel during the final day of the 2017 Road Rally.
(left to right) TAXI Members Frankie Justin Lamprey and Aventurina King enjoy a one-on-one conversation after Ms. King’s stellar appearance on the Success Is No Accident panel during the final day of the 2017 Road Rally.
The audience gives their full attention to the all-star panel of TV and Film sync experts on the Early Bird Gets the Worm panel. The panelists are (left to right) Russ Howard III (Music Supervisor/Composer), Jeff Freudlich (COO, Fervor/Wild Whirled), Daniel Higbee (VP of Sync, Dualtone Music Group), and Pedro Costa (CEO, InStyle Music).
The audience gives their full attention to the all-star panel of TV and Film sync experts on the Early Bird Gets the Worm panel. The panelists are (left to right) Russ Howard III (Music Supervisor/Composer), Jeff Freudlich (COO, Fervor/Wild Whirled), Daniel Higbee (VP of Sync, Dualtone Music Group), and Pedro Costa (CEO, InStyle Music).
Bob Mair (CEO, Black Toast Music) appears to be giving some tips about music volume levels compared to dialogue during this One-to-One Mentor session on the first day of the Road Rally.
Bob Mair (CEO, Black Toast Music) appears to be giving some tips about music volume levels compared to dialogue during this One-to-One Mentor session on the first day of the Road Rally.
Music Supervisor Frank Palazzolo has a handful of music from TAXI members, a half-full beer, and a big smile on his face when he runs into friends Charles and Julia Brotman after his panel at the Rally.
Music Supervisor Frank Palazzolo has a handful of music from TAXI members, a half-full beer, and a big smile on his face when he runs into friends Charles and Julia Brotman after his panel at the Rally.
Steven Baird is one of TAXI’s most successful members, so he’s doing what our successful members often do—give back! Steve volunteered to be a One-to-One Mentor so he could teach newer members how to create income with their music.
Steven Baird is one of TAXI’s most successful members, so he’s doing what our successful members often do—give back! Steve volunteered to be a One-to-One Mentor so he could teach newer members how to create income with their music.
(left to right) Bob Mair (CEO, Black Toast Music) has an impromptu meeting with TAXI members Sergio Naranjo, Chris Hamilton, and Terrell Burt.
(left to right) Bob Mair (CEO, Black Toast Music) has an impromptu meeting with TAXI members Sergio Naranjo, Chris Hamilton, and Terrell Burt.
Music Supervisors (left to right) Mason Cooper, Frank Palazzolo, Jonathan Weiss, Susan Dolan, and Jacob Nathan are all in deep thought as they listen carefully to a TAXI member’s song being played during their feedback panel.
Music Supervisors (left to right) Mason Cooper, Frank Palazzolo, Jonathan Weiss, Susan Dolan, and Jacob Nathan are all in deep thought as they listen carefully to a TAXI member’s song being played during their feedback panel.
We couldn’t figure out who this member is, but he was clearly giving a great performance while trying out a guitar from Batson during one of the six open mics held during the Road Rally weekend.
We couldn’t figure out who this member is, but he was clearly giving a great performance while trying out a guitar from Batson during one of the six open mics held during the Road Rally weekend.
Brooke Ferri (CEO, Match Maker Music) is getting all smiles from her fellow panelists as she makes a point on the Happy Ending Listening panel. The other panelists are (left to right) Michael Lloyd (Hit Producer), Rob Chiarelli (Hit Producer), Tanvi Patel (CEO, Crucial Music), and Ron Harris (Hit Producer).
Brooke Ferri (CEO, Match Maker Music) is getting all smiles from her fellow panelists as she makes a point on the Happy Ending Listening panel. The other panelists are (left to right) Michael Lloyd (Hit Producer), Rob Chiarelli (Hit Producer), Tanvi Patel (CEO, Crucial Music), and Ron Harris (Hit Producer).
Music Supervisor Susan Dolan answers a TAXI member’s question while fellow panelist Jacob Nathan (A&R Head, Fervor Records/Music Supervisor) looks like he’s got something he’d like to add as well.
Music Supervisor Susan Dolan answers a TAXI member’s question while fellow panelist Jacob Nathan (A&R Head, Fervor Records/Music Supervisor) looks like he’s got something he’d like to add as well.
Music Supervisor and Score Composer, Russ Howard III shows that you’ve only got a little bit of time to get to the emotional point with a piece of music, so you better get to the good stuff quickly.
Music Supervisor and Score Composer, Russ Howard III shows that you’ve only got a little bit of time to get to the emotional point with a piece of music, so you better get to the good stuff quickly.
Mason Cooper was a hit with TAXI’s members as he stayed to answer every one of their questions after spending the entire afternoon on stage during Saturday’s panels. Who says industry big wigs don’t take time to help up and comers? Mason Cooper clearly did!
Mason Cooper was a hit with TAXI’s members as he stayed to answer every one of their questions after spending the entire afternoon on stage during Saturday’s panels. Who says industry big wigs don’t take time to help up and comers? Mason Cooper clearly did!
Successful composers and long-time friends Matt Hirt, Volker Barber, Tracey and Vance Marino, and Vince Constantino take a moment to grab a photo at TAXI’s 2017 Road Rally.
Successful composers and long-time friends Matt Hirt, Volker Barber, Tracey and Vance Marino, and Vince Constantino take a moment to grab a photo at TAXI’s 2017 Road Rally.
Music Supe Frank Palazzolo appears to be getting ready to put on a rubber glove, and fellow Supervisor Jonathan Weiss seems to want no part of it! In reality, we think Frank was saying something like, “I can count the number of times…” and Jon is chagrined because he knows exactly what Frank means.
Music Supe Frank Palazzolo appears to be getting ready to put on a rubber glove, and fellow Supervisor Jonathan Weiss seems to want no part of it! In reality, we think Frank was saying something like, “I can count the number of times…” and Jon is chagrined because he knows exactly what Frank means.
Music Licensing executives Michele Wernick (left), and Beth Wernick share the same last name and job descriptions, but they aren’t related. But they are friends, so we couldn’t resist putting them on the same Pitch and Feedback panel.
Music Licensing executives Michele Wernick (left), and Beth Wernick share the same last name and job descriptions, but they aren’t related. But they are friends, so we couldn’t resist putting them on the same Pitch and Feedback panel.
Jacob Nathan (A&R Head, Fervor Records) gives some incredibly valuable feedback during the Music Supervisor Feedback panel. He’s a walking encyclopedia about music from all eras and generations.
Jacob Nathan (A&R Head, Fervor Records) gives some incredibly valuable feedback during the Music Supervisor Feedback panel. He’s a walking encyclopedia about music from all eras and generations.
TAXI member Chuck Henry beams after receiving the John Braheny Award for excellence this year. Chuck is a long-time TAXI member, an incredibly talented composer/songwriter/producer, and a tremendous inspiration to his fellow members who love the story of how he has become so good at what he does and so successful after working so hard.
TAXI member Chuck Henry beams after receiving the John Braheny Award for excellence this year. Chuck is a long-time TAXI member, an incredibly talented composer/songwriter/producer, and a tremendous inspiration to his fellow members who love the story of how he has become so good at what he does and so successful after working so hard.
Best-selling author Robin Frederick delivered an action-packed hour of practical tips on how to write universal lyrics for TV and film song placements. She spoke to a standing room only audience and got a standing ovation at the end!
Best-selling author Robin Frederick delivered an action-packed hour of practical tips on how to write universal lyrics for TV and film song placements. She spoke to a standing room only audience and got a standing ovation at the end!
(left to right) Bobby Borg (Author, Music Marketing For The DIY Musician), Gilli Moon (President, Songsalive!), Aventurina King (singer/songwriter/producer), Sydney Alston (Disk Makers), and Mark Steiner (CEO, GigSalad) complimented each other’s skill sets incredibly well on the Success Is No Accident panel.
(left to right) Bobby Borg (Author, Music Marketing For The DIY Musician), Gilli Moon (President, Songsalive!), Aventurina King (singer/songwriter/producer), Sydney Alston (Disk Makers), and Mark Steiner (CEO, GigSalad) complimented each other’s skill sets incredibly well on the Success Is No Accident panel.
Doug Fenske (Director of Education, Crē•8 Music Academy) did a powerful session called, Transitioning to Contemporary to help musicians who feel they might be musically stuck in a past decade learn how to sound more current.
Doug Fenske (Director of Education, Crē•8 Music Academy) did a powerful session called, Transitioning to Contemporary to help musicians who feel they might be musically stuck in a past decade learn how to sound more current.
Our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Steve Dorff couldn’t autograph books fast enough at his book signing!
Our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Steve Dorff couldn’t autograph books fast enough at his book signing!
TAXI’s Michael Laskow got to meet one of his heroes at this year’s Road Rally!  Legendary producer/engineer/music supervisor Brooks Arthur is also a Producer of the film, BANG! The Bert Berns Story, which was screened during movie night at the Rally.
TAXI’s Michael Laskow got to meet one of his heroes at this year’s Road Rally! Legendary producer/engineer/music supervisor Brooks Arthur is also a Producer of the film, BANG! The Bert Berns Story, which was screened during movie night at the Rally.
TAXI member Ariana Attie won one of the big door prizes worth about $3,000 in total! Nice going Ariana!
TAXI member Ariana Attie won one of the big door prizes worth about $3,000 in total! Nice going Ariana!
(l to r) Betsy Hammer, Brett Berns, and Brooks Arthur take questions after our screening of BANG! The Bert Berns Story at the Road Rally. Don’t miss this film if you’re in the music business!
(l to r) Betsy Hammer, Brett Berns, and Brooks Arthur take questions after our screening of BANG! The Bert Berns Story at the Road Rally. Don’t miss this film if you’re in the music business!
TAXI Member Olivia Bonilla gives a great performance at one of the Open Mics during the Rally.
TAXI Member Olivia Bonilla gives a great performance at one of the Open Mics during the Rally.
TV Editor Laurel Ostrander did an amazing job of showing our audience how an editor chooses, edits, and lays in music for a reality show. This was one of the best sessions we’ve ever put on the stage in 21 years of doing the Road Rally.
TV Editor Laurel Ostrander did an amazing job of showing our audience how an editor chooses, edits, and lays in music for a reality show. This was one of the best sessions we’ve ever put on the stage in 21 years of doing the Road Rally.
This is a great shot showing the detail our members were treated to by video editor Laurel Ostrander during her session in the Grand Ballroom called, How Video Editors choose and Use Music.
This is a great shot showing the detail our members were treated to by video editor Laurel Ostrander during her session in the Grand Ballroom called, How Video Editors choose and Use Music.
Roland and Boss had a great sponsor room that attracted lots of attention throughout the Rally weekend.
Roland and Boss had a great sponsor room that attracted lots of attention throughout the Rally weekend.
MusiCares appears to be sucking the brains out of this TAXI member’s head, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, they were at the Road Rally giving qualified members custom ear protection. This young lady is making a mold of the member’s ear!
MusiCares appears to be sucking the brains out of this TAXI member’s head, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, they were at the Road Rally giving qualified members custom ear protection. This young lady is making a mold of the member’s ear!
James Kocian (V.P. of A&R for Street Lamp Records) always gives great advice with a heavy dose of inspiration as well!
James Kocian (V.P. of A&R for Street Lamp Records) always gives great advice with a heavy dose of inspiration as well!
Music Supervisors Susan Dolan and Jacob Nathan listen intently to a member’s question during their panel at the 2017 TAXI Road Rally.
Music Supervisors Susan Dolan and Jacob Nathan listen intently to a member’s question during their panel at the 2017 TAXI Road Rally.
Robin Frederick packed the ballroom once again, and for good reason, her presentations are always super well prepared, and incredibly informative!
Robin Frederick packed the ballroom once again, and for good reason, her presentations are always super well prepared, and incredibly informative!
Hit Record Producer Ron Harris is a favorite during TAXI’s Mentor Lunches at the Rally.
Hit Record Producer Ron Harris is a favorite during TAXI’s Mentor Lunches at the Rally.
The team from Blue Mics was on hand to show our members their latest microphones and headphones. Blue was a very welcome addition to sponsor line up this year!
The team from Blue Mics was on hand to show our members their latest microphones and headphones. Blue was a very welcome addition to sponsor line up this year!
AXI CEO Michael Laskow (3rd from left) was presented with a surprise Members’ Choice Award. He’s joined here by his wife Debra Laskow, and his closest friends: Legendary Record Producer Michael Lloyd; Hit Songwriter and Producer Ralph Murphy, Studio Pros, CEO Elad Fish, and Multi-Platinum Mixer/Producer and Rob Chiarelli.
TAXI CEO Michael Laskow (3rd from left) was presented with a surprise Members’ Choice Award. He’s joined here by his wife Debra Laskow, and his closest friends: Legendary Record Producer Michael Lloyd; Hit Songwriter and Producer Ralph Murphy, Studio Pros, CEO Elad Fish, and Multi-Platinum Mixer/Producer and Rob Chiarelli.