The Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp is an international three full day event that basically combines talents together to create one big musical project. It was established in 1998 and happens in a different city each year. In the Dubai version, 30 independent rising musicians were brought in from all over the Middle East and South Asia to attend lectures and workshops with international producers and composers only to end their days with live club nights. After the lectures, the musicians grouped up in teams and just scattered around the studios set up for them around Tashkeel Studios in one of the most cultural part of town, Bastakiya. They had three days to use whatever equipment they wanted to compose and create musical pieces that are mixtures of all their different genres and talents.
I was one of the selected few who was lucky enough to attend the 3 days of the bass camp. Day 1 consisted of meeting the participants. Each participant introduced himself , the kind of music they played and then had 25 seconds to play a part of it. Derrick May, appeared later and gave a small lecture about how he started his career in music and all the obstacles he went through. It was really inspiring and he is so damn funny! Just Blaze, gave another lecture in the afternoon and then the participants headed to 360 and 2LIV club for a night of dancing on the tunes of Ronin, Derrick May, Salar Ansari and Just Blaze. On day 2 the participants had a lecture from Kenny Dope and of course spent their day in the studios doing what they do best. Finally, on the last day the participants had a workshop with Gareth Jones , the notable music producer who worked with big names like Depeche mode. The Bass Camp ended with one big jam session at The Music Room where the participants performed what they have been working on in the past three days and it was one of the best and most vibrant jam sessions I have seen. Different musicians with different backgrounds in one big musical bubble. The Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp was really one of the most distinctive interesting musical event I’ve ever attended and I look forward for the coming ones.