Before crossing the channel over to Paris, the Red Bull Music Academy has a lesson or two for Liverpool’s DJ aficionados, Getintothis’ Martin Guttridge-Hewitt has all the details.
After travelling the world with tunes, parties, DJs, producers, videos and lectures relating to all things electronic music, one of the planet’s most esteemed sonic institutions is descending on Merseyside next week for the sole purpose of educating and entertaining fans of beats, bleeps and similar noises.
The Red Bull Music Academy begins its Road To Paris Tour in the coming days, and will arrive in Liverpool on Wednesday February 4, bringing with it one of the most respected and iconic faces on the scene; French disco and house pioneer, Francois Kevorkian.
Taking over 24 Kitchen Street venue in the Baltic Triangle from 7-10pm, the event aims to give aspiring producers and musicians an introduction to the Academy and an insight into how they can be part of this year’s main event in the French capital, which runs from October 25 to November 27.
Now based in New York, Francois K cut his teeth drumming alongside DJs in the Big Apple during the mid-1970s, and since then has garnered a decade-spanning reputation spinning discs of his own. From remixes for Prelude, to sets in seminal clubs like Studio 54 and Paradise Garage (where he collaborated with Larry Levan), productions for Yazoo, Dinosaur L and Kraftwerk, it’s difficult to know where to begin when it comes to a summary of his career. As such his lecture in Liverpool should be nothing short of fascinating.
Also appearing on the evening will be Mumdance, AKA Brighton-raised Jack Adams; the chap behind the next FABRICLIVE mix album, best-known for straddling almost every danceable genre, from baile funk to B-More and back again. The rising studio whiz, whose work has appeared on labels including Tectonic, Southern Fried Records, Mad Decent and Keysound Recordings, will be on hand to discuss life in the Academy and give advice on the application process, before opening up the floor for questions from attendees. Anyone wishing to get involved should click here to secure a spot in the crowd. Meanwhile, those confident enough to skip this stage and head straight for Paris should use the following link to put themselves forward for the 2015 edition this autumn: