Be part of a global mu­sic com­mu­nity

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MALAYSIAN mu­si­cians can now ap­ply to be part of next year’s Red Bull Mu­sic Acad­emy (RBMA).

Sched­uled to be held from Sept 8 to Oct 12, 2018, the month-long mu­sic work­shop and fes­ti­val se­ries will cel­e­brate its 20th an­niver­sary in Ber­lin, the city where it all be­gan back in 1998.

Each Acad­emy of­fers new in­sights and per­spec­tives on sound as artistes rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent gen­res, coun­tries and eras come to­gether. In 2018, 60 up-and-com­ing mu­si­cians will be se­lected and flown to Ber­lin to em­bark on a cre­ative jour­ney that has been de­scribed as life-chang­ing.

Taka­hara Suiko (pic) of lo­cal in­die band The Venopian Soli­tude be­came the first ever Malaysian RBMA alum­nus last year, and she calls it the “op­por­tu­nity of a life­time”.

“I got to learn from the likes of Thun­der­cat, Kay­tranada, as well as Ar­cade Fire’s Win But­ler, and I strongly en­cour­age you to par­tic­i­pate,” said Taka­hara.

At the Acad­emy, par­tic­i­pants will hear lec­tures from artistes who have shaped mu­sic his­tory, ex­change knowl­edge in all-night ses­sions in cus­tom-built stu­dios, and col­lab­o­rate with peers from op­po­site cor­ners of the globe.

The Acad­emy also si­mul­ta­ne­ously or­gan­ises a month-long se­ries of pub­lic con­certs and club nights all across the city.

Malaysians can down­load the ap­pli­ca­tion form from www.red­bull­mu­si­ca­cademy.com.

The clos­ing date for en­tries is Sept 4. Each ap­pli­cant must also sub­mit a mu­si­cal demo, no longer than 30 min­utes. Se­lected ap­pli­cants will be no­ti­fied in early 2018.

Photo: Dan Wilton/Red Bull Con­tent Pool

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