Playlist: DJ Amir's arkaoda warmup
Hip-hop historian DJ Amir shares some dancefloor heat.
Sign up now for workshops on ambient production, music journalism, hip-hop beats and more.
The Open Music Lab is back on Weserstrasse with a new series of workshops at the Refuge Worldwide studio (Weserstr. 166, 12045 Berlin).
Led by musicians, industry professionals and experienced mentors, these free workshops give participants the opportunity to learn directly from talented experts in an open, non-hierarchical space. Workshops are open to all, but priority will be given to people from marginalised communities including refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, people of colour, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people.
Workshops will be held on the following themes – click the links below to read more and sign up:
Ambient Music Production with Ableton (Monday 11th April, 18:00-20:00) - Led by Asa 808, a DJ, Producer and founder of queer collective TOYS, as well as an experienced counsellor on Refugee law.
Introduction to Music Journalism (Monday 25th April, 18:00-20:00) - Practical advice on pitching to publications, finding editors' contacts and preparing a portfolio. Led by Caroline Whiteley, a freelance writer, editor and creative strategist with ten years of experience across a wide range of print and digital media, radio and podcasts.
Making Hip Hop Beats in Ableton Live (Monday 16th May, 18:00-20:00) - Producer, songwriter and experienced teacher Richard Barr (Wikihow Adventure Cruise) offers tips, techniques and guiding principles for making hip-hop beats.
Bookings and Artistic Development (Monday 23rd May, 18:00-20:00) - Booker, DJ and one of OML’s core mentors Ophélie Kauffmann discusses finding your own style, growing as an artist and getting bookings. With both a booker’s and an artist’s perspective, Ophélie offers a unique insider’s insight into some of the key aspects of working professionally in music.
Musicality in Electronic Music Production (Monday 30th May, 18:00-20:00) - Led by Greek DJ, multi-instrumentalist and producer Lee Burton, this workshop takes participants through understanding tones, octaves and frequencies using basic music theory, creating a strong foundation for rhythm, composition, arrangement, sound design and mixing.
Photo by Bethania Medina.