Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Beirut – Let the music do the talking

For it’s 2nd consecutive year RBMA Bass Camp will be held in Beirut, inviting  a group of the most prominent instrumentalists, vocalists, DJs & producers from across the middle east  for 3 days filled with lectures, studio sessions & music at DRM in Hamra.


A select number of inspirational lecturers are invited to share their experience in music:

Ben Zinc

Ben Zinc is able to clear whole BPMs in a single leap. Blending the roots of jungle, ragga, 2 step, and UK funky seamlessly for close to two decades, boom tunes like “Super Sharp Shooter”, “138 Trek”, or more recently, “Wile Out” with Ms Dynamite, stand as sure-fire anthems in the breakbeat arena. These days you can catch Zinc in the studio with Katy B, a rising London vocalist he’s help discover and propel to respectable chart success, both as a producer and fatherly mentor alongside the Rinse lot. He’s also an in-demand remixer for the likes of La Roux, Skream and Skepta, and continues to act as an ambassador for what he calls “crack house”, with his Bingo Beats label, worldwide DJ sets, and regular mixes on Rinse FM.

Young Guru

Artists need their people. Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton is Jay-Z’s people. When the rap-conquering emcee and world-conquering mogul steps into the booth (as he continues to do, despite frequent retirement threats), Young Guru is outside, at the board, making sure Hova sounds good. Since 1999 — a staggering twelve years — this has been how it’s done. Along the way, Guru has recorded pretty much every other A-list rapper. Some say he has the Midas touch.

Ibrahim Maalouf

Fondly flitting between countries and genres with sophisticated ease, Ibrahim Maalouf is an established trumpeter with a repertoire that traverses the sonic spectrum. Born in Beirut and raised in Paris, his father, trumpeter Nassim Maalouf, famously added an extra valve to the instrument to allow him to play the quarter-tones necessary for Arabic makams (modes). All too often categorised as pure “jazz”, Maalouf’s albums Diasporas (2007) and Diachronism (2009) showcased instead a seductive collage of contemporary and classical influences; trip hop beats meet unmistakable Arabic rhythms, with an electro undercurrent and samples from Arabic radio and the Paris Metro. Maalouf’s diversity has led him to play alongside the likes of Marcel Khalifé, Matthieu Chedid, Amadou & Mariam and Sting.

Fadi Tabbal

Fadi Tabbal is a man with his finger in numerous musical pies. A sound design and sound conception specialist, his work as an engineer at Tunefork recording studios has secured its reputation as one of the most prominent studios in Beirut. Most of Beirut’s alternative acts have passed through Tunefork’s doors, and as well as producing local artists, Tabbal’s sound installations (The Feel Collective) and film soundtracks display his constant innovation. Tabbal’s diary is clearly full; outside the studio he’s a full-time member of several bands: psychedelic folk-rock band The Incompetents, experimental rock quartet XEFM and drone unit Under The Carpet, not to mention frequent collaborations with folk singer Youmna Saba and experimental punk band Scrambled Eggs. A teacher at ALBA University, he also co-produces the live sessions on Ziad Nawfal’s Ruptures radio program.

Studio Sessions

Four fully equipped studios will be provided to help mash up the different musicians in their different genres, formulating a collective audible expression unified by sound.

Music on 23.03.2012

Music on 24.03.2012

On 24th, it’s happening at DRM! Check the Facebook Event Page.

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