Red Bull Music Academy Withdrawal
So if you haven’t been living under a rock (or you simply attempt to avoid any kind of media on your commute) you’ll probably have seen something about the Red Bull Music Academy, which has been in London for the last five weeks.
It’s always difficult to explain the concept of the Academy so we’ll let Mr Hudson and others explain:
There’s been a daily music paper, a three-hour radio show on NME Radio every night and a three part series on Channel 4. And then there were the gigs and clubnights, 27 over 30 nights, ranging from the first ever cross-genre soundclash at the Roundhouse, to a demonstration of 3D clubbing at the Royal Albert Hall, to seeing 12 seminal producers perform their favourite tracks for a packed Scala.
Having managed to fit so much into a six week period we’re slowly acclimatizing to the real world. We’re being reminded that not everyone stays up til 5am at Plastic People and is back at work at 8 the next day, and that it isn’t normal to be playing ‘Witness the Fitness’ by Roots Manuva through huge Genelec speakers at 9.20am on a Tuesday. We’re also now aware that a Steve Aoki remix is probably too intense to play in the office at lunchtime.
But that’s what the Academy does to you; it removes every preconceived idea of how you should enjoy music. There are no barriers to consumption, creation or analysis of music. You just do it and enjoy the ride. London has been lucky to host the Academy, and the Academy was lucky to be here. Nowhere else in the world could you find such an amazing melting pot of musical genres; no other city could impress and excite musicians in quite the same way as our town.
So despite it being over, we’re going back to listen to Starkey’s 1xtra mix, because we can. RBMA said so.