The NAMM Foundation has announced stand-up comedian and entertainer extraordinaire Demetri Martin as the host of the prestigious 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Anaheim, CA during The NAMM Show, the global crossroads of the music products, pro audio and sound, and event technology industries.
The in-demand and unconventional humorist, who is traversing major cities in America on his Let’s Get Awkward tour, will host the show for the first time. Martin is known for his deadpan delivery style and also as an audiophile and multi-instrumentalist who regularly incorporates music into his comedic repertoire, having played everything from the piano to guitar, harmonica, the ever-popular ukulele, and even the electronic keytar at his shows.
Of the awards, Martin offered a humorous quip: “I am looking forward to hosting the NAMM TEC Awards! As a mediocre amateur musician who knows very little about professional sound and audio production, I feel uniquely unqualified for the gig - it should be fun.”
As a writer, actor, and director, Martin’s career has included many high-profile appearances and collaborations, including his notable early work as a contributor to “The Daily Show” and his own TV series for Comedy Central. He can now be heard as the voice of Ice Bear in Cartoon Network’s “We Bare Bears” and will release his third book this fall called “If It’s Not Funny It’s Art.”
The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually in honor of the many individuals, companies and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television and video games, with nominees announced earlier this year here. On the evening of the awards, the winners in 31 categories of products and projects in the areas of Technical or Creative Achievement will be announced.
See Demetri Martin and winners of the 33rd NAMM TEC Awards Saturday, January 27. Purchase tickets on site or in advance here for $65 (General Admission) or $195 (VIP). The show begins with a VIP-only reception at 6PM, followed by the awards ceremony at 7PM, held in the Hilton Anaheim Hotel’s Pacific Ballroom.
The TEC Awards are sponsored by Adam Hall GmbH, American Express, Baltic Latvian Universal Electronics, Broadjam Inc., Burl Audio, d&b audiotechnik, D’Angelico Guitars, Earbyte, Eventide, Genelec, Hal Leonard, IMSTA, IsoAcoustics, iZotope, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP, L-Acoustics, Marshall Electronics, Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Meyer Sound Laboratories, NewBay Media, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Renkus-Heinz, Shure Incorporated, Slick Systems, Softube, Solid State Logic, Synchrony Financial, Taylor Robinson Music Company, Timeless Communications Corp., Tracktion Software Group, TX Audio Americas, USPS, Warm Audio Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance, among others.
ABOUT THE TEC AWARDS
Presented annually by the NAMM Foundation during The NAMM Show, The NAMM TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media in 23 Technical and 8 Creative Achievement Categories. The Les Paul Award is given at the event in tribute to musical artists and others whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology. Through its Hall of Fame, The TEC Awards also honors the pioneers of audio technology and the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians. The NAMM Foundation’s TECnology Hall of Fame celebrates innovations and ground breaking technical achievements of the past. For more information, visit www.tecawards.org
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