February 27, 2012

Red Bull Music Academy Various Assets CD

It's that time again for the release of Red Bull Music Academy's Various Assets CD, this time from 2011's Madrid RBMA Sessions! Remember you still got time to apply for this years Academy in NYC till April 2nd get your application here: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/ fill it out you never know you may be one of the lucky few who get picked to go on a all expense paid trip to make music!

'Various Assets - Not For Sale 2011' is a collection of some of the music that was made during the Red Bull Music Academy during four autumn weeks in Madrid last year. The double CD contains 35 tracks composed, improvised and discovered by the 60 international participants and ten studio team members, who all got their fingers dirty on synths, Mellotrons, vibraphones, drum machines and anything else they could lay their hands on.

The compilation was recently released on physical format (last Friday to be exact) and is released digitally as of today, February 27. Please feel free to spread the download link throughout your networks - and continue to encourage musicians, producers, singers, DJs, and beatmakers of all stripes to apply for Red Bull Music Academy's 2012 edition in New York City.

Applications can be found at redbullmusicacademy.com and the period to apply closes April 2. Enjoy!


February 9, 2012

MAW at Red Bull Music Academy Mr. X Meetup 2012!

Lecture: Masters at Work (San Francisco, 2012) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.
Their name says it all - Masters At Work. 'Little' Louie Vega and Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez celebrate 20 years together, channeling dance music down new paths with their inventive production style and imaginative feel for different musical forms. The two native New Yorkers have amassed an overwhelming body of work including hundreds of original productions and defiantly mix everything they can find - house, hip hop, funk, disco, Latin, African and jazz - into a universal groove. XLR8R's Shawn Reynaldo sits down with them on the couch during Red Bull Music Academy's 'New York City to SF Bay' lecture series in San Francisco to discuss the start of their careers and dissolving the barriers between genres.

Masters at Work talk at The Red Bull Music Academy Mr. X national meetup 2012 in San Francisco!! Interviewed by XLR8R Magazine they drop some knowledge on music, history, and producing. Toward the end of of the video I ask the last question of the lecture! Later that night I got to see them jam live together at 1015 Folsom for my b-day!

February 7, 2012

Masters At Work Live at 1015 Folsom SF!

Masters at Work recently got back together again in a very long time to throw down on six decks (cdjs) for The Red Bull Music Academy in San Francisco. The house jam took place at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco on Jan 27 my b-day! So it was definitely a big treat to be there live to experience them back together again! I am also Mr. X for The Red Bull Music Academy's West Region of Florida so if you are in need of some info on how to apply hit me up. For more info on the Red Bull Music Academy go to: www.redbullmusicacademy.com

Read the previous blog post for all the details on what & where The Red Bull Music Academy is.

February 2, 2012

Red Bull Music Academy 2012 New York City Application Phase!

Applications open for the Red Bull Music Academy 2012

Event Dates: September 30 - November 2, 2012
Applications: February 2 - April 2, 2012

Application form and info at www.redbullmusicacademy.com

Having traversed the globe with previous stops including Berlin, Toronto, London, Madrid, Melbourne, and Cape Town among others, the Red Bull Music Academy is excited to be landing in New York for 2012. Music makers of all styles, methodologies and levels of experience are invited to apply until April 2, 2012, for what will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

For all information, FAQs and to download the application form, click on the website: www.redbullmusicacademy.com

One of the most iconic cities on the planet, NYC has been immortalized in the pantheon of music - incubating genres like hip hop, disco, house, bop, no-wave, and post-punk among others. NYC is inspiration central: a place where people from all nations collide, bringing music, culture, and attitude with them. Music is everywhere, from cars cruising the block banging hip hop mix shows to the indie rock stars of tomorrow mashing drums in East Village practice spaces. Boomboxes blasting Willie Colón soundtrack outdoor domino games, and hipster troubadours play fiddles in the subway while kids shout the words to the latest A$AP Rocky single down the train aisles. After all, nothing’s equivalent to the New York state of mind.

The Red Bull Music Academy is excited to become part of this sonic kaleidoscope this fall. From September 30 through November 2, 2012, the world-travelling music lab and festival will set up shop in the city for five weeks' worth of workshops, concerts, club nights, and all-round musical extravaganzas held all across the boroughs.

Producers, vocalists, instrumentalists and DJs across all genres who will be at least 21 years of age by September 30, 2012 are eligible to take part and can download an application form from www.redbullmusicacademy.com and send it off with a selection of their tunes before April 2, 2012. 

To find out more, musicians can attend one of the Red Bull Music Academy’s three-day ‘Bass Camp’ sessions in Moscow, Warsaw, Rome, Madrid, Beirut and Antwerp, amongst other cities. Participants will receive a full-fledged mini-Academy experience including studio facilities for collaboration, inspiring international lecturers, and a host of club nights. In addition, interested applicants can also attend one of the many introductory one-day sessions being held throughout February and March in over 50 countries worldwide. More information on the whereabouts of these events can be found on www.redbullmusicacademy.com/events.

The Red Bull Music Academy’s yearly compilation entitled ‘Various Assets’ is set to be released at the end of February. Containing 35 tracks (all recorded at the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid), this “audio yearbook” is just a sampling of the once-in-a-lifetime moments that came out of the Jurassic Park-like Academy compound at Matadero Madrid: from arpeggiated acid to experimental exotica. The compilation will have a physical release and will be distributed to music shops, clubs and cultural institutions the world over. In addition, a different song each day will be available for download on www.redbullmusicacademy.com/va from February 2 on. 

A series of mixes and podcasts on RBMA Radio as well as the Academy’s Mixcloud channel will also highlight the diversity of music makers participating in the Red Bull Music Academy. Lectures from previous editions can be viewed via Vimeo or downloaded as audio podcasts from Soundcloud. Find all links below.

Red Bull Music Academy on the web:

About the Red Bull Music Academy:

The Red Bull Music Academy is an international workshop that was founded in 1998, and touches down in a different city each year. Over two fortnight-long 'Terms', some of the finest purveyors of rhythm and sound from all over the world gather between the Academy's walls. Two groups of 30 successful applicants, themselves representing a diverse range of music styles and methodologies, attend lectures by musical pioneers, and work on their own tunes in custom-built studios. By night, they have the chance to perform in some of the host city's most iconic clubs and concert halls.
“The Red Bull Music Academy is the most progressive entity of music education. I wanna be chosen for this!” (Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson, The Roots)