Black Artist Database Launches Free Production Masterclass Series

by | Aug 11, 2021 | Culture, Stories | 0 comments

Black Artist Database (BAD) is partnering with Ableton to provide free production masterclasses. The online-only courses are open to “racially and ethnically Black people.” Registration ends on August 16th, and the first course begins on August 24th.

Leading the courses are Black artists Loraine JamesRussell E.L. ButlerKMRU, and rRoxymore. Along with established artists, additional support is provided by Ableton-certified trainers. Subjects range from field recording to live production:

  • “How to turn your production into a live performance” with Loraine James – Tuesday, August 24th at 1:00 PM EST
  • “Bus processing premasters” with Russell E. L. Butler – Tuesday, Septeber 28th at 1:00 PM EST
  • “Field recording as a compositional tool” with KMRU – Tuesday October 26th at 1:00 PM EST
  • “An intro to live” with rRoxymore – Tuesday, November 23rd at 12:00 PM EST

Established in June 2020 under the name “Black Bandcamp,” BAD began as a spreadsheet curated by music enthusiasts. Run by a team of paid administrators and volunteers, the database was a “response to the structural mistreatment of Black folk in the underground electronic industry.” It has grown into a “community-based platform, hosting a wealth of international Black-owned record labels, artists, producers, and bands,” rebranding itself as the Black Artist Database in order to expand its scope and provide a more accessible format.

Find more information about the Black Artist Database masterclasses, including how to sign up, on this Google Form.

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