Road to Paris – Red Bull Music Academy Lecture Tour kicks off tomorrow

Posted on 2 February 2015
By Faye Smith
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Applications are now open for the 2015 edition of the Red Bull Music Academy landing in Paris this October and November.

2015 is the 17th edition of the RBMA which will be bringing together 60 carefully selected producers, vocalists, beat-makers, instrumentalists and DJs to the City of Love for intimate lecture sessions and to collaborate on music in an expansive, custom-fitted complex of creative and studio spaces.

Over 1,500 musical luminaries have participated in past incarnations of the Red Bull Music Academy. Former lecturers include Mark Ronson, Giorgio Moroder, Chuck D, M.I.A, Q-Tip and RZA to name but a small few.

The Red Bull Music Academy has been pairing music legends and emerging beatsmiths since 1998 in cities across the world including Berlin, Cape Town, Melbourne, Barcelona, São Paulo, London, NYC and Tokyo.

Uniquely combining old school knowledge and new school sounds is unrivalled for its creative exploration and achievement.

Before applying to this exciting opportunity, check out the four-stop UK session series coming this week over the next four days.

Dropping anchor in Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and London, the Road to Paris sessions will be a two-part affair.

Kicking off with In Conversation with Mundance, the 2014 Academy grad will discuss his experiences in Tokyo, divulding the ins and outs of Academy life alongside tips on the application process before opening up questions to the floor.

With applications available on the night, this is a one-off chance for audience members to get the inside scoop on Red Bull Music Academy before they apply.

Launching proceedings in Leeds on February 3rd, self-confessed vinyl junkie, DJ Deep hosts the first lecture session of the series.

Liverpool follows on February 4th with a lecture from renowned French daddy of disco, Francois K.
Bristol welcomes arbiter of Parisian cool Ivan Smagghe on February 5th, dishing out his electro expertise and trade secrets of the techno coterie.

Bringing the series to a fitting end, the last session takes place at Red Bull HQ in London on February 6th, featuring Parisian royalty, Gilb’R, the label boss of Versatile Records to top his long list of DJ works.

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Listings Information

Event Name: Red Bull Music Academy Road to Paris: The Leeds Session
Date: 3rd February 2015
Time: 7 – 10pm
Venue: Hifi Club, 2 Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6DE
Line Up: DJ Deep (Lecture) + In Conversation with Mumdance

Event Name: Red Bull Music Academy Road to Paris: The Liverpool Session
Date: 4th February 2015
Time: 7 – 10pm
Venue: 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool L1 0AN
Line Up: Francois K (Lecture) + In Conversation with Mumdance & Joe Wills

Event Name: Red Bull Music Academy Road to Paris: The Bristol Session
Date: 5th February 2015
Time: 7 – 10pm
Venue: The Christmas Steps, 2 Christmas Steps, Bristol BS1 5BS
Line Up: Ivan Smagghe (Lecture) + In Conversation with Mumdance

Event Name: Red Bull Music Academy Road to Paris: The London Session
Date: 6th February 2015
Time: 7 – 10pm
Venue: Red Bull UK, 155-171 Tooley Street, London SE1 2JP
Line Up: Gilb’r (Chateau Flight / Versatile Records) (Lecture) + In Conversation with Mumdance