World-renowned recording and mixing engineer Young Guru added to list of speakers
Throughout his illustrious, decorated career, Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton has resoundingly earned his reputation as one of the most renowned recording and mixing engineers in music today. Wisened after years of successful endeavors (multi-platinum albums, and multiple Grammy nods) Young Guru is now also elevating the discourse of audio engineering philosophy, science and technology, emerging onto the lecture circuit as one of the subject’s most distinguished and dignified speakers, and further proving why he is one of audio’s most important minds and essential voices. Traveling the country, Guru’s intellect and eloquence have been tapped by a broad variety of impressive venues, garnering him recognition from such media outlets as CNN, Fox News, Billboard and Village Voice.
Young Guru’s erudite speaking engagements communicate a thorough mastery across a vast array of topics, emphasizing the importance of emerging technology and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit in the minds of the man’s enraptured listeners. He has been called upon to speak on engineering and technology at Google Headquarters, PopTech, Pandora Headquarters, TED, NAMM, and AES. In 2013, he embarked on a 13-city tour in partnership with The Recording Academy, speaking at NYU Clive Davis Institute of Music, Emory University, Loyola University New Orleans, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and Drexel University. He also hosts an in-studio master class series where he demonstrates his engineering style, and has taught additional courses at Red Bull Studios LA, Fantasy Studios in San Francisco, and Royal Recording Studios in Memphis.
Recent years have found Guru sharpening his focus on his role as a cultural ambassador for Hip-Hop. “I would like our culture to understand its value and its reference point in history,” he says. “I want to preserve the culture and the value of it so that people understand how big it is across the world. I want it to be fully understood by people, to be studied and revered the same way you would study jazz artists or opera at a class in a university.”
Young Guru possesses over a decade of experience in sound engineering, production, and has also served as an A&R for Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Heralded most for sonically shaping some of Hip-Hop’s brightest talents, Young Guru has established himself as consistently in-demand: mixing 10 of Jay-Z's 11 albums, and DJing on the Watch the Throne tour, as well as Jay-Z’s legendary Carnegie Hall and Barclays Center shows. On several recordings, Jay himself offers verbal acknowledgements of Guru’s importance, an immensely respectful testament to Guru’s exceptional skills behind the boards.