Local songwriters and producers discuss the process of creating and refining their musical ideas, in effort to pre-establish the instrumentation, arrangement, tempo, key signature, and other aspects of crafting a song. This effort reduces time spent, expenses, and enables entering the recording phase of production with the basic and most promising ideas having been already established. Confluence panel discussions have no cost to attend, but have limited space. Please reserve your seat here. Moderator Joni Deutsch is happy to call Charlotte home as WFAE’s manager for on-demand content and audience engagement, where she helps produce podcasts FAQ City, SouthBound, and She Says. In addition to being an NPR Music contributor, Joni is also the creator and host of WFAE’s Charlotte music podcast Amplifier, named “Best Podcast” by Charlotte Magazine and honored for excellence in arts and music podcasting by the local Edward R. Murrow Awards and The Webby Awards (called “The Internet’s Highest Honor” by The New York Times). Deutsch has been working in public radio and podcasting for nearly a decade, starting with her work as music director and assistant general manager of WLUR 91.5FM in Lexington, Virginia, and continuing at West Virginia Public Broadcasting (West Virginia’s NPR station) as the creator and host of the weekly music program A Change of Tune and the critically-acclaimed 30 Days of #WVmusic interview series. While in West Virginia, Deutsch became assistant producer for NPR Music’s legacy public radio music program Mountain Stage, as well as the program’s youngest (and first female) guest host in the show’s 32 years, making her the youngest host of a nationally-syndicated public radio program (heard on more than 270 radio stations) at the age of 24. This has led to national features by NPR, Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Poynter, and local spotlights from CharlotteFive, the Charlotte Agenda, Creative Mornings Charlotte, The Gantt Center, The Blumenthal Performing Arts, and the Carolina School of Broadcasting. A supporter of innovative media and a mentor to digital women leaders, Deutsch has been recognized as an Emerging Voice Scholar by the Alliance for Women in Media, the West Virginia State Journal’s “40 under 40,” the Online News Association’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator, the Charlotte Agenda’s “30 under 30,” The United Way of Central Carolina’s Young Leader Awards, Duke University TiP’s Early Achievement Award, and receiving the Alliance for Women in Media’s Gracie Awards. Deutsch earned her Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University and Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from American University. Panelists Dane Page is a singer-songwriter living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dane has toured throughout the southeast and mid-Atlantic with his independently produced EP City to City. Dane’s music pulls from the contemporary folk genre and weaves his listeners through stories of Greek mythology, 20th Century literature, and American history. Leonardo (Leo) Solis is an American producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter, label owner, studio owner and multi-instrumentalist based out of Charlotte. As a producer, Solis has worked with several indie label bands, Charlotte local bands and his own band SOLIS. He continues to tour globally as a tour manager and front of house/monitor engineer and musician. Leo co-founded the indie label Four Finger Records in 2017. Solis works from his studio, “Spaceland” in Charlotte working on producing and mixing records. Jason Jet, Iceland native and current Charlottean, has rooted himself in the niche musical style of indie-soul with a sound that transcends a sensual, trance-like and captivating hold over listeners. Gifted with an impressive tenor voice and lyricism skill, and equipped with advanced production prowess, Jason Jet is well on his way to carving out a name in the industry. Jet has already won numerous awards including a NY Urban Music Award, a Carolina Music Award, and has shared stages with the likes of Anthony Hamilton, Dwele, Eric Roberson, Sunshine Anderson, and Dj 9th Wonder. Jason’s upcoming sophomore release is on the horizon, a project centered around Self-Realization and titled ‘The Great Escape’. Be on the lookout for Jet and The Kru.