Red Bull Music Academy: All You Need to Know

Red Bull Music Academy will takeover NYC with 236 artists playing parties and events on 34 nights.

Canblaster and Asma performing at Red Bull Music Academy 2011
Canblaster and Asma at Red Bull Music Academy 2011© Dan Wilton/Red Bull Media House

Red Bull Music Academy’s takeover of New York City began this week with a party with New York fixtures Fixed and Turrbotax, followed by a talk with Erykah Badu and Captain Murphy's first NYC show. Until the end of May, the Red Bull Music Academy, celebrating 15 years of bringing innovative young artists together and putting on some amazing parties, will thrown down an immense celebration of music with activity at the newly built academy and Red Bull Studio in Chelsea, and parties featuring artists like Flying Lotus, Giorgio Moroder and Andrew WK. Be prepared. Here's how.

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What is Red Bull Music Academy?

The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-traveling series of music workshops and festivals: a platform for those who make a difference in today's musical landscape. This year we're bringing together two groups of 31 selected participants – producers, vocalists, DJs, instrumentalists and all-round musical mavericks from around the world – in New York City. For two weeks, each group will hear lectures by musical luminaries, work together on tracks and perform in the city’s best clubs and music halls. Imagine a place that’s equal parts science lab, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Kraftwerk’s home studio. Throw in a touch of Haight-Ashbury circa 1967, a sprinkle of Prince Jammy’s mixing board and Bob Moog’s synthesizer collection – all in a 22nd century remix – and you’re halfway there.

Three Past Red Bull Music Academy Participants You Might Have Heard Of

Flying Lotus (Melbourne, 2006): Producer, DJ, musician, Flying Lotus produced the new Mac Miller track 'S.D.S.' But that's only one small part of what Flying Lotus is all about. Add to that: Founder of the Brainfeeder label, rapper under the moniker Captain Murphy, and Adult Swim collaborator.

Lunice (London, 2010): Prior to teaming up with Hudson Mohawke to form the DJ/production team of the moment, TNGHT, Lunice made a name for himself on the Lucky Me and Mad Decent labels, and his work with Diplo and Azealia Banks.

Jesse Boykins III (Madrid, 2011): With drums, bass, guitar, violins and brass part of his palette, Jesse Boykins III has crafted two albums so far. After collaborating with Theophilus London, Bilal, The Foreign Exchange and Phantom Lover, the ever-exploratory musician is readying his third album Love Apparatus with NYC’s Machinedrum.

Giorgio Moroder Will DJ for the First Time Ever

From April 28 to May 31, there will be 37 events, ranging from, yes, legendary producer and Daft Punk collaborator Giorgio Moroder's first-ever DJ session, or so he claims (May 20), to an all-star celebration of DFA Records' 12th Anniversary (May 25) to A Night of Improvised Round Robin (May 1), curated by Questlove, which means you can expect a super eclectic group of acts, like Andrew WK, Kim Gordon, Robert Glasper and Andrew Bird. Check out the Red Bull Music Academy site for the full list and tickets.