MUSIC WORKSHOP "ELECTRONIC SOUNDSCAPES" - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

MUSIC WORKSHOP “ELECTRONIC SOUNDSCAPES”

Avec le soutien du Fond culturel Franco-Allemand / with the support of the Franco-German Fund

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  • Call for applications


Alliance française Lagos, Institut français Nigeria and Goethe-Institut Nigeria are organizing a workshop in electronic music aimed at expanding the artistic range of Nigeria’s already booming music scene. DJs and producers with a strong artistic interest in electronic music are encouraged to apply! 

Alongside the traditional music forms and percussion-based style found in its diverse cultural regions, the Nigerian music scene has, over time, been shaped by Western influences from the 50s and 60s (Highlife and Afrobeat) through the 80s and 90s (Hip hop and R & B). At the turn of the millennium, increasingly electronic elements came into the various music styles, which nonetheless retained their traditional rhythmic structures.

Based on its population structure, Nigeria has been able to develop a music industry that is heavily influential on the rest of the continent. However, this dominance of very commercially-oriented musicians has made it increasingly difficult for independent artistes to access a platform for developing artistically-ambitious music. Artists like Keziah Jones, Nneka, Asa, Ade Bantu and others are more successful abroad than in Nigeria and independent music producers and artists don’t have proper support schemes and places to produce and present their musical creativity.

Taking this into consideration 6 Nigerian DJs/electronic music producers will be selected to take part in a 5-day electronic music workshop, labeled “Electronic Soundscapes”. Facilitated by 3 internationally-renowned producers, the workshop will take place daily from June 8 to 12, 2015 in Lagos, and will culminate in two concerts – the first in Lagos on Saturday, June 13, and a second in Abuja on Saturday, June 20 to commemorate World Music Day.

 

  • Training Objectives

Electronic soundscapes is inspired by the 10cities Project, which presented an intersection of club and electronic music between different European and African cities. The workshop is set up within this context and aims to foster artistic interaction among German, French and Nigerian musicians in the area of non- mainstream, independent electronic music. It is a mutually-beneficial exchange for participants and the facilitators and will hopefully improve the skills that participants bring to the session as well as offer a rare opportunity to work with world-class producers from varying backgrounds.

After the conclusion of the project, the aim is to have further exchange sessions and regular events involving Lagos-based DJs in order to generate continuous creative and active input towards this new platform for electronic music. The objective is to establish a network of active DJs/electronic music producers, and identify potential partners for future alternative music projects and establish a sustainable co-operation between Nigerian and European partners.

 

  • Target Group

The Workshop is targeted at practicing Nigerian musicians, DJs and music producers, who are above 18 years of age, with tangible experience in electronic music.

 

  • Language

The working language of the workshop is English.

 

  • Experts for the Training 

Adegboyega Oyedele, (DJ Afrologic; Nigeria) - Soundcloud / Facebook
Marko Fürstenberg (Germany)  - Soundcloud / Facebook
DJ R-Ash (France) - Soundcloud / Facebook

 

  • Application Requirements

 Download and complete application form 

Click here to download the application form

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 Proven experience producing electronic music (accessible online), previous experience with live performances is an advantage

 Applicants must have their own equipment (i.e laptop, headphones, MIDI Controller, and other related gear.)

 Be proficient with electronic music production software such as Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro, Fruity Loops and/or Avid Pro Tools

 Applicants must be above 18 years of age.

 All applicants must be resident in Nigeria

Incomplete application documents will not be reviewed.

Organizers will cover accommodation and travel costs for participants who are non- resident in Lagos. Selected participants will cover their individual transportation costs to and from the venue.

  • Deadline for Submissions

The deadline for submitting applications is: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Applications will be accepted via e-mail only.

Completed applications must be submitted in one mail to the following organizers: cultural.tech@afnigeria.com; programme@lagos.goethe.org


Please indicate “DJ/“electronic soundscapes”” in the subject line of the e-mail.

 

  • About the DJs leading the workshop

 
DJ Afrologic (Nigeria)

 

AFROLOGIC, centred around D.J/producer Ade aka Afrologic, and singer Temi was formed in 2002.
The duo set out to create an incomparable sound through the fusion of African beats and electronics. Their style encompasses elements of tribal rhythm, funk, soul and dance, accompanied by smooth vocals and catchy melodies. Afrologic take it upon them to push the boundaries of conventional modern day Afrobeat(s), never afraid to manipulate sounds and textures beyond the average .

 

AFROLOGIC'S influences are wide and varied. Temi draws influence from Sarah Vaughn, Susana Baca and Virginia Rodriguez, while Eddie Gee cites Roy Ayers, P-Funk, Leroy Burgess and Jazzy B as major inspirations.

 

AFROLOGIC are currently in the studio recording their new album that will no doubt exceed all expectations and deliver the remarkable sound that their fans have come to expect. Definitely an act that will continue to impress. 
Soundcloud / Facebook

 

DJ R-ASH (France)

 

Everything begins in 1996 when R-ASH inherits his first turntables and at a young age is seen as a genuine prodigy, becoming very quickly a reference in the world of French DJ'ing. At the age of 14 he brought home his first championship, coming back the next year to pick up the 2002 DMC Scratch Champion of France title and continues to collect them ever since. Moving early on to the stage and club scene, he has forged a unique identity over time
Since 2004 R-ASH conducts his own parties and mixes in the most prestigious Parisian clubs where he continues to assert that a DJ is first and foremost a performer. Today R-ASH takes care not to leave his audience hungry for entertainment performing in clubs and festivals around the world.
On stage he applies his eclectic and well-thought out perspectives to his sets which are widely appreciated for their musicality, running through HIP HOP to ELECTRO.
His Remixs & original tracks are played by superstars dj's like Diplo or Ta-Ku just to name a few… His debut single "i Own You" has been released on April 2014 on his own label "Lobby Records". 
Soundcloud / Facebook

 

Marko Fürstenberg (Germany)

 

Marko Fürstenberg seems to have followed the typical path to being a successful producer and DJ in the techno scene. Growing up in the GDR, more precisely in Thuringia, Marko managed to get his hands on records by groups like Depeche Mode, A-Ha and New Order.

Only a couple of years after the fall of the wall, Marko started DJ’ing at regional parties, fostering his interest in music and labels like X-Trax, Force Inc., Klang and later Basic Channel. Venturing further into production with his computer at home, he released his first music - a mixture between downbeat and trip hop.

With more and more internet labels on the horizon, Marko then released recordings under different monikers on labels like Thinner, Realaudio, Stadtgruen and Instabil, and provided Remixes for Digitalverein, Rktic, Lod and Sarah Goldfarb.

It was shortly after his first physical vinyl release that Marko decided to refrain from using different artists names and stick with his real name for future releases and performances.

after moving to leipzig in 2006, marko approached a peak level in productivity, releasing a number of songs in rapid succession with labels like a.r.t.less, echocord, rotary-cocktail, ornaments, etc.

marko’s success within the constantly changing techno scene didn’t come as a surprise: together with diverse dj partners as well as solo artist marko is now performing regularly in clubs & parties all over the world.

his live sets combine classic dub-techno elements with current techno trends, which is much valued by his audience. with this kind of electronic music marko is considerably involved in the development of dub- and deep-techno.
Soundcloud / Facebook

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