Star-Studded line-up to Create, Collaborate and Celebrate all Things Musical at Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Dubai
- Just Blaze, Kenny Dope, Gareth Jones, Derrick May and Gerd Janson among star-studded line-up of international lecturers
- 30 of the region’s most prominent instrumentalists, vocalists, DJs & producers convene for the 1st time in Dubai
- 3 Day musical workshop at Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, previously known as Al Bastakiyah
The Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Dubai will unite Academy lecturers like American hip hop producer Just Blaze, electronic musician Derrick May, world renowned UK producer Gareth Jones, Grammy-nominated dance music guru Kenny Dope, and DJ Gerd Janson, with 32 of the region’s most prominent instrumentalists, vocalists, DJs & producers, giving them the chance to immerse themselves in all things musical.
Featuring lectures, workshops and studio sessions, The Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Dubai will culminate in 4 club nights featuring live performances from the attending lecturers. The grand finale on the 28th of September will see 20 participants taking the stage at The Music Room for a collaboration. Akin to the birth a Middle East super group, This RBMA All-star jam session will bring together all the live musicians from Bass Camp including artists from 8 countries, covering a wide music spectrum from funk to rock to electronic music and a shade of everything in between.
On the 26th of September, 360 in Jumeirah Beach Hotel, in partnership with Infusion, will host Derrick May and Gerd Janson featuring Charl Chaka, Ronin, Liliane Chlela and Salar Ansari while Ohm Events will put Just Blaze center stage in 2Liv at the Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa featuring DJ Outlaw, Klash & Mr. Shef Codes. At the Tamanya Terrace at the Radisson Blu Hotel, and in partnership with DUST, Kenny Dope manning the decks on the 27th, featuring Zahed Sultan, DJ Safe-T, James Locksmith & Megadon Betamax.
After making the Lebanese capital Beirut its home for the past two years, this three day mini-Academy Bass Camp will make its Dubai debut in the Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood and will feature artists from Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, Iran, KSA, Bahrain, Syria, UAE, India and Pakistan.
Tashkeel, a studio and exhibition space supporting contemporary art and design in the UAE, will be collaborating with Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Dubai by commissioning UAE based artists Hind Mezaina and Ruben Sanchez to develop installations in the Bass Camp venues, one of which will be Tashkeel’s very own second studio site in the Fahidi Historical Neighborhood.
Red Bull Music Academy
The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals: a platform for those who make a difference in today’s musical landscape. Two groups of 30 selected participants – producers, vocalists, DJs, instrumentalists and all-round musical mavericks from around the world – come together in a new city each year for two weeks’ worth of recording sessions, lectures by musical luminaries, collaborations and performances in the city’s best clubs and music halls. If you can imagine a place that’s equal parts science lab, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Kraftwerk’s home studio, you’re halfway there. The Academy began back in 1998, and has been traversing the globe since: from Berlin to Cape Town, São Paulo, Barcelona, London, Toronto, New York and beyond.
Hosts and Lecturers:
1. Just Blaze
Working closely with Jay-Z, State Property and Cam’ron, Just Blaze helped give East Coast rap a new sound around the turn of the century with his soul-inflected and brass heavy production work, spawning admiration and imitation alike. Blaze’s signature style has remained a staple, making him a much sought-after supplier of hit records with a distinctly street edge. More recently, Blaze has been making forays into electronic music, collaborating with ‘Harlem Shake’ producer Baauer and bringing his hi-octane approach to beatmaking to a new generation of fans.
2. Gareth Jones
As one of the earliest producers to straddle the worlds of live bands and synthesizers, Gareth Jones has a very particular view from behind the boards.
Learning the ropes at Pathway Studios in London in the ‘80s before taking up a position at Berlin’s iconic Hansa Studio, Jones has worked with – and learned from – the best. Innovating recording techniques and working with new sound palettes developed by acts like Depeche Mode, Einstürzende Neubauten and Diamanda Galás, Jones has developed a studio intuition like few others. Psychology, courage, impartiality and a certain acoustic voodoo are all vital to the Jones audio armory, which has helped him shape some of the most notable moments in modern recording history.
3. Derrick May
The classic Derrick May sound is a clever balance between streamlined percussionheavy cascades of sound with string samples and a warmth gained from time spent in Chicago, enraptured by the grooves of essential DJs like Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles. May’s Transmat Records label was the home of his best material, cuts like ‘Nude Photo’, ‘Strings of Life’, ‘Kaos’ and ‘It Is What It Is’, most produced from 1987 to 1989 as Rhythim is Rhythim. Though his release schedule all but halted during the 1990s, he continued DJing around the world and honed Transmat into one of the globe’s most respected techno labels.
4. Gerd Janson (Host)
Gerd Janson holds residencies at two of the best clubs in the universe: Robert Johnson and Panorama Bar. He reviews the latest 12” singles for German music reads Spex and Groove and, of course, releases some of today’s most daring dance music on his own Running Back label – it’s all in a day’s work. A true DJ’s DJ, Gerd might dabble with production and remixing, but his natural habitat will always be the DJ booth. From classical house to dreamy disco, just give the guy two turntables and an audience, and the rest will follow.
5. Masters at Work/Kenny Dope
Kenny ‘DOPE’ Gonzalez is one of the most prolific artists of the modern music age. The four-time Grammy nominated musical genius has been entertaining and astounding the masses with his fusions of house, hip hop, Latin, jazz, funk and soul, reggae, alternative pop and broken beats for two decades. He has been collaborating with ‘little’ Louie Vega for more than 20 years as Masters at Work, shepherding dance music down new paths with their inventive production style and imaginative feel for different musical forms. With remixes being their specialty, the Masters at Work treatment has been given to a diverse roster of artists, from Madonna and Debbie Gibson to Lisa Stansfield, Saint Etienne, Michael Jackson and many more.
- Paki Rambo – Pakistan
- Avedis Demerjian from Autostrad – Jordan
- Carl Ferneine – Lebanon
- Adriano Konialdis from Desmo Records – UAE
- Bojan Preradovic from EYE – UAE
- Assad Lakkis from Bull Funk Zoo – UAE
- Dirar Shawagfeh from El Morabba3 – Jordan
- James Locksmith – UAE
- DJ Mazen – Bahrain
- Dualist Inquiry – India
- Jibberish – UAE
- Khaled Omran from Tanjaret Daghet – Syria
- Henry Bennet – UAE
- DJ Outlaw – Bahrain
- Klash – Saudi Arabia
- Megadon Betamax – UAE
- Mr. Gremlin – UAE
- K. Light – Saudi Arabia
- Miran Gurunian – Lebanon
- Liliane Chelela – Lebanon
- Mr. Shef Codes – UAE
- Nancy Mounir – Egypt
- Neobyrd – Egypt
- Ronald Ch. Hajjar from Ronin and Nesta – Lebanon
- Zahed Sultan – Kuwait
- Omar El-Deeb – Egypt
- Sandunes – India
- Rami Lakkis – UAE
- Vahag – Iran
- DJ Safe-T – UAE