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Red Bull Music Academy’s ‘Bass Camp’ Brings Collaborative Workshop Back To Montreal

Wednesday 20th, September 2017 / 16:31
By Glenn Alderson

Red Bull Bass Camp – Photo by Maria Jose Govea Courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull Music Academy’s infamous electronic music outreach program, Bass Camp, is back in session this weekend in Montreal at the Phi Centre. Along for the ride this time are 20 handpicked up and coming electronic producers from Canada who are itching to learn and collaborate. Utilizing state of the art equipment and sitting in on lectures featuring respected names in their community, the four days of workshops are also complemented by performances each night which are open to public. The Academy are joining forces with Montreal’s Moonshine collective, Le1f, Rhye, Bass Camp alumna Charlotte Day Wilson and more for full on weekend of creativity, collaboration and experimentation.

BeatRoute caught up with a few of the West Coast participants from Bass Camp 2017 before they headed to Montreal to show the rest of Canada just what kind of tricks and skills they’ve got up their record sleeves.

Minimal Violence (Vancouver, BC)
Lida Pawliuk and Ashlee Luk, are particularly known in Vancouver’s underground electronic music scene for their signature drum heavy and acid tinged live sets. With a focus on hardware production and performance, the duo recently released a rave-heavy 12″ titled Acid Lakes on UK label Lobster Theremin.

How long have you been making music under your current moniker?
MV: Since early 2015.

How did you get in to DJing and electronic music production?
MV: We wanted to work together on a creative project, something where we could learn together and grow together. We were both influenced by minimal synth and techno and intrigued by the hands on workflow of hardware.

First day at Bass Camp, what’s one thing you want the other participants to know about you?
MV: We love vintage hardware but are also not overly elitist in our tastes, noted by our unapologetic love of ’90s rompers.

What’s your secret weapon as an artist?
MV: Sirens.

What do you hope to get out of your weekend at Bass Camp?
MV: Further our knowledge in all aspects of production, access to otherwise unattainable gear (hopefully!) and to make some friendships for future collaborations.

What’s one thing everyone needs to shut up about in music right now?
MV: That’s there’s only one right way to do things.

What’s one thing that’s not being talked about enough?
MV: Vancouver’s underground that isn’t house and disco. Crews that are taking risks on bringing new music to Vancouver, like Sacred Sound Club and s.m.i.l.e.

On your personal playlists, what are your top three most played artists right now?
Ashlee: Drexciya, Marie Davidson, Innershades
Lida: Trax Records re-release of Joey Beltram 1989-1991, Chris & Cosey TRANCE, Lié’s new unreleased record

On the dance floor, what is your go-to track to save the party?
MV: Joey Beltram – Life Force

Jesse Futerman (Montreal, QC)
DJ Jesse Futerman’s entire aura as a DJ/producer is rooted in spiritual jazz and hip-hop instrumentals. Naturally transitioning into house music with a flare for funk, Futerman stays loyal to the hip-hop aesthetic, drawing continuously on soul and jazz samples with an endless love for the high-hat. Check out his Soundcloud for endless hours of funky and ethereal vibes to groove you through the night.

How long have you been making music under your current moniker?
JF: 10 years

How did you get in to DJing and electronic music production?
JF: When I first heard Kid Koala on the radio when I was 15. Everything changed after that.

First day at Bass Camp, what’s one thing you want the other participants to know about you?
JF: I really really like jazz. Not that dad-jazz though!

What’s your secret weapon as an artist?
JF: My Moog Lil Phatty

What do you hope to get out of your weekend at Bass Camp?
JF: Mo knowledge, mo spice!

What’s one thing everyone needs to shut up about in music right now?
JF: Genres

What’s one thing that’s not being talked about enough?
JF: It is important to make your own patches when using a synth!

On your personal playlists, what are your top three most played artists right now?
JF: Hanna, Doug Carn, Midori

On the dance floor, what is your go-to track to save the party?
JF: “It Looks Like Love” by Goody Goody, works every single time!

Jodie Overland (Calgary, AB)
The electronic music scene in Calgary is not one to be overlooked and Jodie Overland has been a key player in and around it while also promoting inclusivity for her peers every step along the way. Darker strains of UK-influenced house and German techno are her forte, Overland’s production aesthetic is best enjoyed at night in a dark and sweaty basement club.

How long have you been making music under your current moniker?
JO: I’ve always gone by Overland, for about 7 years now. Production is something newer for me, I’ve probably only been using Ableton for a year now.

How did you get in to DJing and electronic music production?
JO: I’ve always had an affection for DJing going back as far as high school. I bought my first set of CDJs when I was 18.

First day at Bass Camp, what’s one thing you want the other participants to know about you?
JO: I’m very extroverted.

What’s your secret weapon as an artist?
JO: My intensity and speed at which I play techno.

What do you hope to get out of your weekend at Bass Camp?
JO: I want to be able to set up my home studio in a way that’s effective and efficient.

On your personal playlists, what are your top three most played artists right now?
JO: Batu, Szare & IBON

On the dance floor, what is your go-to track to save the party?
JO: Larry Heard – “The Sun Can’t Compare”

Red Bull Music Academy’s Bass Camp takes place Sept. 21 to 24 in Montreal at the Phi Centre. For more information about the events open to the public, visit Red Bull Music Academy

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