MUSICAL CAFE is thrilled to offer the virtual workshop MAKING BETTER DEMOS with Producer/ Engineer MCKAY GARNER on Sunday, July 18, 4PM to 5:30PM Pacific Time.









In this music production workshop, I will give some informative insight into the connection between a song’s arrangement and performances with the success of delivering the most emotional impact of a production and/or mix. We’ll explore elements that make a successful production that will hopefully help your demos or final releases. I will share some ways to add interest in order to keep the journey through a song compelling, be it through arranging techniques or those of audio production and mixing. I will try to leave a lot of time in this workshop open for your questions about anything music production-related so that I may try to address your specific needs in your work. Let’s have some fun!



After studying music at the University of N.C. School of the Arts, McKay Garner’s career has spanned decades performing in front of countless audiences and creating music in recording studios. As a producer, engineer, mixer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, he has worked on records for artists such as J Dilla, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mike Shinoda/Linkin Park, Michael Buble, Dead & Company/Mickey Hart, made music in films such as the Transformers movie, in video games, and for television shows such as Total Recall, America’s Next Top Model, Grey’s Anatomy, and many more. He has been fortunate to work as an engineer on projects with amazing producers and engineers such as Rick Rubin, Ariel Rechtshaid, Dana Nielsen, and Ryan Hewitt, among others. Twelve years ago, McKay moved from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area and is an active member of the Bay Area music scene. As an elected leader volunteer, he served two terms as co-chair of the Producers and Engineers Wing and is an active Board member of the Recording Academy SF Chapter (the Grammys and more), McKay now strives to bring attention to experimental, innovative, and traditional music voices within the industry.


DETAILS & REGISTRATION: Suggested donation of $15-$25. Registrants will be sent an email with a Zoom link.