For the second consecutive year, the Red Bull Music Academy conducted a bass camp in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on March 23rd, 24th and 25th with the participation of candidates from several countries across the Middle East.The Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp was held at the Democratic Republic of Music (DRM), located at the heart of Hamra Street.
Forty participants representing the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Iran, Qatar and Lebanon got together under this interactive umbrella, which offered them a unique platform to engage, interact and develop their musical skills. A series of hardcore workshops were given by leading figures in the field of music, namely DJ Zinc from London, DJ Young Guru from New York, famous composer and trumpet master Ibrahim Maalouf from Paris and sound designer FadiTabbal from Beirut. These on-the-couch lectures were complemented with practical recording and jam sessions, adding to the hype of the Bass Camp.
“It was impressive to witness such a level of interest amongst the forty participants who took part in the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp”, said Alberto Chahoud, Regional Communications Manager for Red Bull.“A special tribute goes to the four lecturers who contributed by sharing their experiences with young hopefuls and to our various collaborators, mainly legendary Art Director Mazen Kerbaj and famous music producer Zeid Hamdan.
Each day following the workshops and recording sessions, participants had the chance to put their acquired tips and learning to test by performing in famous lounges and bars such as Bodo, Dany’s, Mojo and Pasteur. By doing so, these young talents set the venues ablaze amidst the amaze of the audience.
In its 2012 edition, the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp carried the special signature of “Let the Music Do the Talking”, which reflected indeed the authentic spirit behind the initiative.
The Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp in Beirut was the final stage before the actual Red Bull Music Academy to be held this year in New York City, USA, from September 30th to November 2nd. More than ten thousand candidates are expected to register their applications by April 2nd to have the chance to be amongst the 60 lucky ones to make it to the Red Bull Music Academy this year.