Last week I got a call from D.J. Tommy about the Redbull Music Academy. He wanted to invite me to attend an information session about applying. Tommy is famous for being the first champion D.M.C. turntablist from Asia. He continues to play throughout the region and was also a member of the pioneer Rock/Rap band L.M.F. I checked out the website for the academy and learned what it’s all about.
In summary the Redbull Music Academy brings together 60 aspiring music people from all over the world and pairs them up with the top producers / artists in Hip Hop, Rock, and Electronic music. Each year it takes place in a different city. It’s an unmatchable program that lets you get direct tips from the top innovators in music. For many, it’s also a chance to meet and collaborate with your idols. At the end of the week-long session you will have worked on creating a song.
Last Sunday I attended the info-session in Tsim Sha Tsui. In between a presentation by a girl from Singapore who had attended last years session, Tommy collaborated on some music with different d.j.s and a trumpet player.
Here are some of the details I learned. In order to be considered for the program you need to submit a 50-question application form and also create a CD of your work or a mix. Redbull picks up the entire tab for the travel, lodging and expenses. Overall it’s an amazing opportunity to build your skills, meet like-minded people, and make international connections.