Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

A FYI memo for musicians and producers

We’re big fans around these parts of the Red Bull Music Academy and how it works. A school for DJs, producers and music makers, you’ll find many of the RBMA’s past pupils in your record collection. Craftsmen and women like …

Tue, Jan 31, 2012, 14:12

   

We’re big fans around these parts of the Red Bull Music Academy and how it works. A school for DJs, producers and music makers, you’ll find many of the RBMA’s past pupils in your record collection. Craftsmen and women like Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus, Katy B, Mike Slott, Mr Hudson, Onra, Aloe Blacc, Andreya Triana and Jamie Woon are just some of the hundreds of producers, artists and musicians who have come through the RBMA.

The RBMA sets up shop in a different city in every year and, over a fortnight-long term, music makers come together, attend lectures from music legends, work their asses off in the academy’s studios and then get to perform in that city’s clubs and halls by night. For anyone involved in music who is looking to up their game, it’s a huge opportunity. As you can see from the list of academy graduates listed above, the RBMA has ample talent-spotting game. You’ll find a full list of all previous participants and lecturers here, including a list of previous Irish participants. You’ll also find videos and podcasts galore from students and lecturers, as well as an ace online radio station, on the RBMA website.

RBMA 2012 will take place in New York in October/November and is seeking applications from “interested producers, musicians, DJs, instrumentalists and vocalists”. Download the application form (which will be online later this week), spend some time on it (some weirdbeat questions in there) and send it and your music demo to the RBMA HQ before April 2 to be in with a shout of being one of the 60 participants heading to NYC.

To help folks get their heads around the RBMA concept and see if it’s worth their while, there will be workshops at the Harlem CafĂ©, Belfast (March 2) and No 5 Spencer Dock, Dublin (March 3) with words of advice from Kerri Chandler and Just Blaze. Places at the workshops are available on a first come first basis so email ashlee@admarketingevents.com if you’re keen to attend and tell ‘em that OTR sent you.

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