When I found out I got invited to go to Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp in Detroit, I was truly humbled. This was about the biggest deal that I can call to this day in my music career. I found out about Bass camp right after I first started to fill out my Red Bull music Academy in Tokyo. Once the Red Bull Rep told me about the opportunity I just knew that I wasn't going to be able to get work off; but none the less I wasn't going to miss this experience for nothing.
As the days approached, and I counted down, things manage to fall together. I was able to get two extra days off from my job once I told my boss about the opportunity. To my surprise he was quite supportive, and truth be told I didn't even see that coming. On Wednesday March 6th I was so excited that woke up a full hour ahead of my alarm, and trust me.....It's usually quite the opposite. I got to work, and arrived all happy and dandy because I knew that in approx. 7:59 minutes i will be departing off to Detroit to follow my dreams for an amazing opportunity. Crazy enough my journey was almost cut short when I was halfway through my day at work. I was checking in cars doing my routine etc, and when I finished I noticed that my iPhone wasn't in my pocket, or matter fact wasn't anywhere to be found. I assumed that it fell out of my pocket and one of the service agents who clean the cars added it to their collection of lost items etc. As I went up to each person and put the word out about my phone, I was calling my phone with a coworkers phone, after a few thousand rings, Someone finally picks up.......... come to find out a customer has the phone. In fact supposedly the business fella said the saw the phone in his car, and assumed it was his coworkers. The only problem was the simple fact that he was minutes from boarding his flight. I instantly ran to my car sped over to airport, and to make a long story short, I ended up getting my phone back. Whew.
Once I left work, Mentally said my goodbyes to the city. I took off in my Toyota Yaris for this 8 hour drive to Detroit. I didn't mind driving, it felt good, this was the exact reason why I bought a new car so that I can drive from city to city for this here music. With the help of a few cliff bars, and whole bag of tangerines the drive was fairly simple. I made it into Detroit late that night around 3-4 O'clock and checked in to the Westin which was located deep in the heart of downtown.
The Next Morning I woke up, and met down in the lobby around 11' o'clock to meet the international Red Bull Dj Kosmo and rest of the out of town participants. Soviet Panda from Minneapolis, Dj Earl from Chicago who happened to be a key mover in the footwork movement the young fella is straight international, The bro singer/producer CRL CRRLL, internet youtube sensation Solomon Vaughn, and Harry Otaku, and Longegvity. who were both from Indianapolis. We all got together, chopped it up and hopped into a suburban and headed over to the legendary United Sound Systems Recording Studio for Bass Camp to start.
Once we all got situation, slightly formal which each other, we sat down in the main room and introduced ourselves and as well played a sample of our music. I so happened to be the first person to get up and such and set the tone. As people got up and sat down, and music played, I released that I was sitting in a room with the future. These folks, were extremely talented, WE all were chosen for a damn good reason, I was honored to be apart. I mean like we selected to be apart of this event, and we are sitting in the same massive recording room where One nation under a grove was recorded at. After The introductions and all that jazz, we got to the even better part, An actual tour of the historic place we will be working out of for the next four days.
United Sound Systems recording studio was one of the first independent recording studios in Detroit in the 1930's. The Jazz greats like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, blues legends John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, Motown stars such as Jackie Wilson and Smokey Robinson, pop singers like Jack Scott, soul singers such as Aretha Franklin and Isaac Hayes, funk groups like Parliament and Funkadelic, and rock bands like Rolling Stones and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, all recorded at USSRS. In fact Barry Gordy's first recording for Motown was done here in this very studio. This studio stayed up and running and continued to pump out hits, like TLC, R-Kelly's Platinum hits, and tons of other. The history and culture in this creating environment was sparking inspiration.
After that, The first day was pretty much a free day, you can either go ahead and dive early into the studio equipment, or head back to the hotel to check in and get suited. You can only imagine that I stayed and got to work immediately. Me and my bro Carl from Detroit was one of the few who decided to stay at the studio. USSRS had all types of equipment up there. From Mini Moogs, The Maschine, Ableton Push, Teenage Engineering. Amazing ass Mics, etc Etc. Me and the bro stayed in the lab until it was time for the Red Bull Book signing event to start since we already checked in.
We missed the ride with the red bull folks over to the event, but comes to find out that in fact we have our own Driver. His Name was Vinny, a Detroit Native who knew a hell of a lot of the city's rich culture and history. All we had to do was call Vinny, and he would arrive and take us to where ever that we wanted, he was like "Hell' id even take you guys over to Canada if you have your Visa". A very genuine fellow he was.
The Red Bull Books Signing Event was quite nice, international Dj Chairman Mao was providing the music while folks, just chilled danced, drank and chatted. The event was located downtown at an arts center, with some groovy architecture. From there I went with a few newly acquired Friends Dj Earl, Clay, And Local spitter Ka$h the Kush Man, over to Coney Island and grabbed some food at a hot dog spot. Chopped it up with them and then went back to Ka$h downtown loft and listened to his album that he's putting out soon under Bruiser Brigade, which I hear is Danny Brown's Collective. All and I really have to say is, that this dude will be up next. Like truly mark my word. Ka$h the Kush man will be a household name in a few years, the dude simply got it.
From there we headed to the after party at the "Whiskey Disco" where some of the participants got a chance to control the dj dance floor and keep the party raving. I spent a few hours there vibing and chatting with folks, until my mental time clock went off, and I called up Vinny for a ride back to the hotel. Grabbed a Gyro from Greek town and that pretty much wrapped up the first day in Detroit.
DAY 1 PHOTO RECAP