Every year music gear enthusiasts gather at the Anaheim Convention Center to look at some of the new products that will be released as well as network with fellow musicians, producers, and music lovers of all genres at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).
NAMM was founded in 1901 and has evolved from a national association into an international association whose members include affiliates, distributors and manufacturers, according to wikipedia.
Many artists can be seen walking around looking for equipment and taking pictures with the public. A hip-hop artist that goes by the name Glasses Malone expressed what exactly he was looking forward to find at NAMM.
“I’m a fan of moog…Marvin Gaye used the moog and then you move to Dr. Dre and Warren (G) and Battlecat (producer) and (DJ) Quik (Hip-hop artist/producer) and all those guys used the moog so I’m definitely looking to see where they evolved that sound at.”
At every booth at NAMM, music lovers could find demos of the new gear being released. For those that were interested in new DJ gear, DJ Big Wiz (Rane/Pharcyde/AESOP Rock) ran through some of the functionality of the DJ’s favorite classic Rane TT57MKII.
“This is basically an update of the original TTM57 mixer from Rane (classic mixer) people who used to use that mixer, this is going to be instantly intuitive and familiar to you,” said Big Wiz.
DJ Babu of the beat junkies said of attending NAMM 2015, “it’s just all the dope new music gear coming out within the next year before it hits the store. Us being DJ’s, musicians and just being gear nerds in general it’s just dope to check out all the new gear and equipment that’s coming out.”
The NAMM show takes place every year in the Anaheim convention center starting on a Thursday and running all through Sunday afternoon. Check the NAMM website for more information on booth spaces and everything NAMM 2016.
For more information on the NAMM 2016 show click here.
If you would like to watch interviews with some of the artists mentioned in this post click here.