What I Learnt From Madlib’s 2016 RBMA Lecture

Interviews with your idols can open a world of understanding. I watched Madlib’s RBMA lecture in New York for the first time and here’s what I took from it. Of all the musical idols who have directly influenced my music, Madlib is one of the main artists. His breadth of work and Bohemian approach to creativity have stood out from the crowd. When I first…

E-Digging and Crate Digging: A Collection of Posts

Find resources and inspiration with our e-digging/crate digging article collection. We’ve done the research (thanks, SAM) and deemed it necessary to bring all our favourite digging articles together. Whether you enjoy getting dusty in the crates or scouring the internet for vinyl rips, this list should have you covered. 15 More Awesome Places For E-Digging – Links to channels and playlists featuring music from around…

RBMA Announce 2015 Event Series In Paris

The five-week RBMA series will star the likes of Jean-Michel Jarre, Hudson Mohawke, Floating Points and many more in Paris and kicks off with a launch event in London on 22nd October. Between 25th October and 27th November, RBMA will be in Paris for their annual showcase of events featuring lectures, workshops and plenty of cultural exhibitions. 61 participants from 37 different countries have been…

SATURDAY MATINÉE: Isao Tomita’s RBMA Lecture (2014)

Often sampled, Isao Tomita is an electronic music pioneer. Here’s his RBMA lecture in Tokyo last year. Isao Tomita’s influence on electronic music cannot be understated. Since the 60s, Tomita’s pioneering work with the Moog synthesizer helped change the perception of electronic instruments from expensive toys to soundscape creators and bridging the gap between “real” music and virtuality. When RBMA’s yearly event hit the city…

SATURDAY MATINÉE: beat:repeat NYC

RBMA pay homage to the New York and the drum machines involved in crafting its soundscapes with an eight-part series called “beat:repeat NYC”. Being the home of two major black cultural movements (the Harlem Renaissance and the birthplace of hip hop), New York is an important pin on the musical map. The Red Bull Music Academy held their annual workshop/lecture event in the Big Apple…

Leftover Links #17: Music Interviews

Our latest edition of Leftover Links features interviews from the likes of Black Milk, Malcolm Cecil and Thelonious Martin. While music open portals to the minds of their creators, interviews often provide fans with further insights and our selection today do just that. From upcoming talents to returning musical nomads, today’s edition of Leftover Links will hopefully leave you a little more enlightened about what…

Leftover Links #16: Synths, Samples and Drum Machines

It’s Leftover Links time and we’re looking into the wonderful world of synths, samples and drum machines thanks to articles from HipHopDX, RBMA and The Guardian. You’d be hard pressed to find three things to have revolutionised music as much as sampling, synthesizers and drum machines. Since the 80s, they have featured in most of the music we listen to in some form or another…

Leftover Links #15: Jamaica

The latest edition of Leftover Links is all about Jamaica, with articles featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry, Count Ossie and the beginnings of rock steady. We continue our Jamaica Month with a range of articles involving the island’s music and culture and how it has affected the world around it. You may be surprised to not see any articles specifically about Bob Marley. That’s purely because…

SATURDAY MATINÉE: RBMA – Sounds Like… TOKiMONSTA (Episode 2)

The second episode of RBMA’s “Sounds Like…” series, featuring TOKiMONSTA, is our Saturday Matinée feature presentation. Ever wanted to know what your favourite producers do to get their sound? RBMA have you covered. “Sounds Like” is a series from Red Bull Music Academy and AKG about innovative musicians and their musical processes. The first episode featured BADBADNOTGOOD and special guest Bootsy Collins but today, we’re featuring the second episode with…

Red Bull Music Academy Announces Tokyo 2014 Event

Red Bull Music Academy have announced their 2014 event will take place in Tokyo with applications opening in January. So Russia and Brazil have two major events this decade so it’s only fair Tokyo joined in (even though they won’t be holding the Olympics until 2020). Red Bull Music Academy gave Japan’s capital their second major event – because it is pretty huge when RBMA come…