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SAE Institute Miami Instructor, Franklin "El Medico" Rodriguez Receives Another Grammy Nomination
SAE Institute of Technology Miami alumni, instructor, and engineer, Franklin “El Medico” Rodriguez has been nominated for a Grammy for his work as a mixing engineer on La Verdad by Locos Por Juana.
After graduating from SAE Institute's Miami campus in 2002, Franklin began his work as a Supervisor, working in the trenches of the school's recording studios and helping students refine their styles. During that time he became active in the local Miami music scene, interning and assisting on as many sessions as the day would allow. "El Medico's" work and dual-determination lead to his rise within the ranks of SAE to an instructor, as well as his rise as an engineer within the Miami scene as an engineer. A major career trigger was when Franklin was recruited by Jose "Hyde" Cotto as his "right-hand man."
As Franklin recalls, “Ironically, Jose was my student at SAE Miami and we became friends. A year after he graduated he called me up and asked me to help him out on a project and we’ve been working together ever since.” It was with Jose that Franklin had the opportunity to work with “heavy weights” in the Latin Urban scene such as, Daddy Yankee, Angel and Khriz, Hector “El Father”, Don Omar, and Arcangel. Franklin always extends his gratitude to Jose for opening his ear and broadening his musical horizon.
It was however, through Mexican Music Producer Toy Hernandez that Franklin got to “reconnect”
“After that, we agreed without really talking about it that I would be doing their full album. We started mixing La Verdad in March of 2008 and finished the master sometime in May. It was a major label release but the budget was small. We had to do a lot of in the box mixing, unconventional recording methods, and a lot of late nights. It was a labor of love, as every album should be, though we obviously had our history. To be nominated for a Grammy is awesome, but to be nominated for a Grammy for this particular record, for me, is the greatest feeling ever. My hope is that the Miami Music Industry professionals get behind this record and vote for it, because at the end of the day, this band is a Miami band. To me they are like a microcosmic representation of Miami and the sound you can get from such a melting pot.”
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