17th Red Bull Music Academy calling all talented musicians, applications now open
The symposium of music Red Bull Music Academy is all set to take off to Paris this October. Getting global visionary artists and their local counterparts, the academy aims to make the most of its talented participants.
The 17th edition of the Red Bull Music Academy will bring together 60 carefully selected producers, vocalists, beat-makers, instrumentalists and DJs. They will be invited to attend intimate lecture sessions and collaborate on music in an expansive, custom-fitted complex of creative and studio spaces. As always, Red Bull Music Academy lectures are then available as archived video content on the website.
Although the Red Bull Music Academy comes to an end as a brick-and-mortar event each year, the ideas shared and the sounds created in its two fortnightly sessions live on. To apply for the Paris edition, download the application form at apply.redbullmusicacademy.com and follow the instructions. All applications must be postmarked by March 4, 2015, and music makers must be at least 18 years of age by October 24th, 2015. The Red Bull Music Academy 2015 will take place in Paris from October 25 - November 27.
For the last edition, Nischay Parekh, one of India’s most talented vocalists, composer and instrumentalist was selected to be part of this global laboratory of music. Others who have represented India at the Academy previously include drummer & music producer Jivraj Singh, mohan-veena player Jeet Gupta, and music producer Sonal D’Silva.
The Red Bull Music Academy is custom-built to make the most of the participants’ time, energies and ideas. In 2014’s Shibuya HQ, one floor was dedicated to eight custom-built studios and an equipment library – ceiling-high stacks of synths, keyboards, instruments, drum machines and other circuitry madness – all at their fingertips 24/7. The main studio was situated on the ground floor, home to string sessions and studio tutorials helmed by the likes of James Holden, Michael Jackson string arranger Benjamin Wright Jr., and acclaimed conductor Grant Windsor – the man behind BBC Radio 1 DJ Benji B’s string ensemble collaborations. The tutors were joined by a variety of studio mentors – a heady list that includedDorian Concept, Om’Mas Keith, Carl Craig, Mathew Jonson, and dBridge – who helped provide guidance to the participants and, in some cases, joined in the collaborative atmosphere to see what sort of magic happened when participants engaged in an open sonic dialogue. Vocalists darted between studios to lay down hooks, beats were chopped and swapped, and tracks grew through the late nights and honest words. In collating nearly three hours of original music,Various Assets – Not For Sale is not just a series of tracks, but a living, breathing document of what the Red Bull Music Academy is about: taking your own ideas, and then leaping into the unknown.
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