Started in Berlin in 1998, the Red Bull Music Academy takes place each year in different locations around the globe. It has been held in cities such as London, New York and Barcelona, all famous for their electronic music scenes. Starting as mainly a platform for the furthering of DJ culture and music, it has now branched out to encompass other styles and forms of experiencing music.
Each year RBMA invite a group of 60 people to take part in a two-week programme of collaboration and learning, where participants receive lectures, workshops and tutorials from leaders in fields ranging from production to sound engineering. Previous participants have included Aloe Blacc, Nina Kraviz and South African legend Black Coffee. The programmes are designed to give musicians all the tools they need to create the music they aspire to make.
Alongside these programmes, they run club nights, radio stations and workshops around the world. The latest series sees them travel to four major cities around the UK, with leaders in the field of dance music such as Derrick May and Jackmaster giving lectures and workshops. Bristol’s edition features Erol Alkan and Appleblim talking about their careers and insights into music and takes place this Wednesday at The Canteen in Stokes Croft, starting at 19.30. Joining them will be a previous participant, T. Williams. There will also be a very special workshop led by Artwork and Eats Everything.
This series of four events kicks off the application phase for the next RBMA that is taking place in Tokyo in October this year. For more information about applying head to the RBMA website.