Erykah Badu needs little introduction. Her seminal works like 'Baduizm' and the 'New AmErykah' series have successively upped the ante in terms of what can be done within the soul spectrum. Erykah fuses cosmic b-girl bravado with the forward-thinking sounds of producers like the Soulquarians, Madlib, and more recently, Academy grad Flying Lotus, to create a sonically varied body of work – selling millions of albums in the process. She also heads up her own record label, Control FreaQ, and has even been caught on the ones and twos recently, under her moniker DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown. Watch her tell the story to Eothen 'Egon' Alapatt at the Red Bull Music Academy 2011 in Madrid.+ More details
The world-travelling symposium of music and knowledge will touch down in Paris in 2015. All vocalists, producers, instrumentalists and DJs are invited to apply between January 14 and March 4, 2015. More info on http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com. Apply at http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/apply+ More details
Brian Eno, live and direct from the Red Bull Music Academy 2013 in New York. In this intimate setting he talks about the difference between sympathetic and parasympathetic music, how DJs are essential lubricants for the dissemination of new music and much more. For more lectures from the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York, visit redbullmusicacademy.com/lectures+ More details
Artists need their people. Gimel 'Young Guru' Keaton is Jay-Z’s people. When the rap-conquering MC and world-conquering mogul steps into the booth (as he continues to do, despite frequent retirement threats), Young Guru is outside, at the board, making sure Hova sounds good. Since 1999 - a staggering twelve years - this has been the way of things. Along the way, Guru has recorded pretty much every other A-list MCs. Some say he has the Midas touch. Watch as he speaks on doing what you love first and foremost, and a couple tricks of the trade.+ More details
With a record catalog long enough to fill an encyclopedia, Mannie Fresh has basically been the sound of New Orleans hip hop for the past 25 years: producing hits for Nola staples like Lil Wayne, Juvenile, BG, Big Tymers, and bounce queen Cheeky Blakk among others. In addition, his marching drum snare rolls and 808-heavy production trademarks have been picked up on and incorporated in the dirty south canon at large. In this lecture, hosted by Cocaineblunts' Andrew Noz, he touches on everything from his humble beginnings with local MC, Gregory D, to the Cash Money heydays, and his more recent approach to DJing and production.+ More details
The LCD Soundsystem frontman talks about some of his favorite music at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York. James Murphy almost singlehandedly brought back the cultural exchange between indie and dance music with his LCD Soundsystem, the attached DFA label, and cult singles like “Losing My Edge” and the Rapture’s “House Of Jealous Lovers.” As the leading man and lyricist of LCD Soundsystem, he has celebrated two Grammy nominations and received critical acclaim for the second LCD album, Sound of Silver. With LCD’s third album This Is Happening in 2010, Murphy announced the band’s retirement. Prior to that, Murphy went into film scoring (Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg) and established a name for himself as a DJ. A purveyor of disco and old-school-rooted house music, James loves the opportunity to spin and is even developing his own DJ rotary mixer. For more lectures from the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York, visit redbullmusicacademy.com/lectures+ More details
From the comfort of his New Jersey bedroom, 23-year-old producer Clams Casino turns out beats for a dizzying array of rappers like Lil B, Soulja Boy, A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, and Havoc of Mobb Deep. His reverb-heavy, ethereal productions have earned him a cult following amongst the music blog community, and his recent instrumental release on the Tri Angle label has only solidified his status as one to watch in this omnipresent Internet age. In this sessions he talks beats, business, and his take on sound quality in the digital age, with Noz of Cocaine Blunts.+ More details
If you ever turn on your radio, chances are you are already familiar with the work of Nile Rodgers. First and foremost associated with his band CHIC and super hits like "I Want Your Love" or "Le Freak", Rodgers’ extra-sharp guitar play and production expertise can also be heard on timeless records by David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, Sister Sledge and Diana Ross. Watch his epic three-and-a-half-hour-long session with Benji B at the Red Bull Music Academy 2011 in Madrid. Good times, indeed. Watch the second part of this lecture here: http://vimeo.com/32401638+ More details
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. 22:34 (MAW explains the "Ha Dance")+ More details
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