Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo 2014 feat. Dorian Concept, Om’Mas Keith, dBridge, Xosar, Zebra Katz, WIFE, and more +++ Applications for Paris Academy now open until March 4.
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 celebrate, Red Bull Music Academy marks each year with the release of the Various Assets – Not For Sale compilation: a snapshot of the music that the participants from around the world thrust themselves into.
This year’s Various Assets – Not For Sale edition is comprised of 35 solo and collaborative tracks produced at 2014’s Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo, including the work of New Zealand’s own Chelsea Jade (Watercolours.) The release also marks the much anticipated opening of the application process for the Red Bull Music Academy 2015 in Paris! #RBMAPARIS will take place from October 25 - November 27.
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 included Dorian 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 Saleis 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.
In true Red Bull Music Academy style, many of the tracks on this year’s Various Assets –Not For Sale compilation are directly inspired by the host city. “Tokyo Is Calling,” a delicate display of Japanese woodwind melodies and crunching electronic beats, is a collaboration between Japanese, British, Australian, South African and Argentinian participants, whereas Felix, Krizzli, Branko and Dre Skull’s footwork and dancehall-inflected club track “Omotesando” lifts its name from the bustling subway in the heart of Shibuya. It’s this coming-together of the global and local that makes Various Assets –Not For Sale such a timely snapshot of each session. The release is available for download on redbullmusicacademy.com.
If the sounds of 2014’s Tokyo sessions have inspired you to apply for the Red Bull Music Academy Paris 2015, do so! You don’t need to have headlined a stage, released an album or know how to build a synth from scratch to be a Red Bull Music Academy participant. You just need the will to create and the ideas to share.
To apply for the Paris edition, download the application form at apply.redbullmusicacademy.com and follow the instructions. Please note that all applications must be postmarked by March 4, 2015, and music makers must be at least 18 years of age by October 24, 2015.#RBMAPARIS.