Hi, I’m Shelby ‘Lock (Shelby Rawlings Blalock).
I’m a composer, pianist, audio engineer, and music producer.
I’ve worked in various studios and used Logic Pro for over a decade (since I was thirteen!), and I’ve been composing for even longer. I’m still learning after all this time, and I don’t have all the answers, but I wanted to start a useful and entertaining blog that combined all of my passions: composing, recording/production, teaching, and writing.
Now you may be wondering, why should you listen to what I have to say? Do I even know what I’m talking about? Am I just another random musician with Logic installed on my computer?
Well, I recently graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, with a BM in Music Composition and a BS in Audio Engineering Technology—considered one of the best audio engineering programs in the world. For my audio degree, I took classes in sound design for picture, location recording, master production, acoustical physics, circuit theory, and more. But I also spent time in workshops and internships with GRAMMY-winning engineers, producers, and composers.
And of course, my music degree entailed all of the typical music school courses in composition, theory, orchestration, history, and also four years of intense piano study with Nashville Symphony’s Principal Pianist. So I like to think I have a solid foundation in both sides of the business…
Though I very much feel that I’m still trying to find my unique voice as a composer, I’ve won a few “shiny things” at this point—most notably a premiere with the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016 and recognition as a finalist in the American Prize for Composition in 2017. I’ve also been selected to study at five summer music festivals around the United States over the last few years…
Before college, I composed, performed, and engineered my own commercially released solo piano album, Airborne, as well as a Latin-pop EP for Lily Garay, and the GRAMMY Foundation invited me to study audio engineering at GRAMMY Camp—their premier summer program for high-school musicians.
Today, I live in Chicago, where I’m pursuing a master’s in composition and trying to figure out my place in the big, wide world.
(As a side note, I grew up in a rural area of Virginia, so let’s just say that me trying to figure out big city life and make my way as a composer and engineer is going to be interesting—and I plan to blog about every amusing step of the way.)
I’ve come a long way since I started the first incarnation of this blog in 2011, but even ten years into my audio engineering, I haven’t forgotten how difficult everything was to learn at first—and how much I relied on blogs and YouTube videos in the beginning. So now I’d like to pay it forward…
Want to join me on this journey? Come follow my blog!
P.S. If you want an “official” bio, read it here.