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Couch Wisdom is a weekly podcast presenting the best of Red Bull Music Academy’s lecture archive. Questlove has called these in-depth interviews ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ for music, and who are we to disagree with Questlove? With personal stories and creative insights from Björk to The Black Madonna, Young Thug engineer Alex Tumay to Moodymann, there’s something for every music fan. Red Bull Music Academy is a world-traveling series of festivals and workshops est. in 1998.

Couch Wisdom is a weekly podcast presenting the best of Red Bull Music Academy’s lecture archive. Questlove has called these in-depth interviews ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ for music, and who are we to disagree with Questlove? With personal stories and creative insights from Björk to The Black Madonna, Young Thug engineer Alex Tumay to Moodymann, there’s something for every music fan. Red Bull Music Academy is a world-traveling series of festivals and workshops est. in 1998.
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Couch Wisdom is a weekly podcast presenting the best of Red Bull Music Academy’s lecture archive. Questlove has called these in-depth interviews ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ for music, and who are we to disagree with Questlove? With personal stories and creative insights from Björk to The Black Madonna, Young Thug engineer Alex Tumay to Moodymann, there’s something for every music fan. Red Bull Music Academy is a world-traveling series of festivals and workshops est. in 1998.

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Berlin electronic/punk icon Hanin Elias

9/17/2018
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Hanin Elias was born in Germany and spent part of her childhood in Syria. After her family moved to Berlin, she ran away from home and found her voice in the city’s then bustling punk and hardcore underground, and in 1992 she formed Atari Teenage Riot with fellow Berliners Alec Empire and MC Carl Crack. Fusing punk and techno aesthetics into what they termed digital hardcore, the band expressed anarchist and anti-fascist ideals, attracting controversy as well as industry interest. Using an...

Duration:00:52:57

Mastering Engineer Mike Grinser

9/10/2018
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Mike Grinser has made a name for himself in Berlin’s electronic world and beyond as one of half of mastering studio Manmade Mastering, alongside his partner Tim Xavier. In addition, Grinser also works at another renowned Berlin studio, Dubplates & Mastering. Born and raised in Bavaria, Grinser was a rock fan at first before being turned onto electronic music in clubs via early Chicago records from the likes of Phuture. Intrigued, he sought to understand how this new music was created,...

Duration:00:35:18

Alexander Hacke and Gareth Jones: On Berlin's '80s Underground

9/3/2018
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If there’s a sound you associate with the 1980s Berlin underground, then there’s a good chance Gareth Jones and Alexander Hacke had a hand in it. Hacke joined the toweringly influential Einstürzende Neubauten shortly after the band’s formation in 1980. He was only 15 years old and already a member of cult favorites such as Sentimentale Jugend and Mona Mur & die Mieter. Jones for his part worked as producer and mixing engineer at the iconic Hansa Tonstudio, adding an industrial edge to...

Duration:01:27:46

Atari Teenage Riot Founder Alec Empire

8/27/2018
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Alec Empire began his career as an agitator and noise maker in late-’80s West Berlin. Following the fall of the Wall in 1989, a young Empire looked to the rebellious sounds of techno, acid house and punk to inform a new project: Atari Teenage Riot. The trio debuted in 1992 as part of Germany’s rave community but soon became known, and sometimes despised, for the speed, noise and political stance of its self-styled digital hardcore sound. In 1994, Empire founded the Digital Hardcore label as...

Duration:01:34:00

South African House Music Master Black Coffee

8/20/2018
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Durban, South Africa, is one of the hottest scenes for dance music right now. Black Coffee, real name Nathi Maphumulo, serves as its elder statesman. The 40-year-old first appeared at the Academy as one of two South African participants at the 2003 Red Bull Music Academy in Cape Town. His style of Afropolitain house is, in his words, “home-brewed but future-focused.” Maphumulo's recording career began in 2005 with a remix of Hugh Masekela's 1972 hit "Stimela" and has gone on to include five...

Duration:00:59:51

Keyboardist and Funk Icon Bernie Worrell

8/13/2018
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Bernie Worrell first came to prominence as a founding member and musical director of Parliament/Funkadelic, radically charting the course of emerging keyboard technology during the golden age of synthesis. After departing Parliament/Funkadelic, Worrell resurfaced with the revamped Talking Heads lineup for several albums. Worrell’s colorings, this time delivered via new digital keyboards, were central to the recasting of group leader David Byrne’s musical ideas through African rhythms. In the...

Duration:01:02:53

Atlanta Super-Producer Mike WiLL Made-It

8/6/2018
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Mike WiLL Made-It’s unmistakable producer tag has graced some of pop and southern rap’s most ubiquitous hits in recent years. The Atlanta-born Michael Williams’ journey began with a gift from his father, a Korg ES-1 sampler, followed by his first break: producing for hometown hero Gucci Mane. Since then, he’s founded the EarDrummers Entertainment company, home to rappers and producers, and helped maintain Atlanta’s status as the unquestioned epicenter of modern day hip-hop. While he’s...

Duration:01:44:19

Calypso Icon and Activist Harry Belafonte

7/30/2018
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Three-time Grammy Award-winning musician, actor and activist Harry Belafonte is one of the most successful Jamaican-American artists of all time, renowned for bringing the Caribbean sound into the international mainstream. Just as he is an advocate of world music, Belafonte is acclaimed for his lifelong commitment to political and humanitarian activism. A close friend and adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Belafonte was at the forefront of the civil rights movement and continued to...

Duration:01:00:55

Throbbing Gristle's Cosey Fanni Tutti

7/23/2018
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Starting her career in the late 1960s, Cosey Fanni Tutti went on to become a seismic force in experimental music. Whether delivering confrontational performance art as part of COUM Transmissions, pioneering industrial music with Throbbing Gristle, or constructing a prototype for acid house in Carter Tutti, her work has frequently been years ahead of its time. In her fascinating lecture at the 2010 Red Bull Music Academy in London, she delved into emotion, meaning and provocation in art.

Duration:00:53:26

Bob Marley & the Wailers Guitarist Junior Marvin

7/16/2018
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Originally a rock and blues guitarist, Junior Marvin became a member of Bob Marley & The Wailers from 1977 to 1981 after getting into reggae through Toots & The Maytals. He continued playing with the Wailers until 1997, and in his lecture at the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy, he looks back on a career that brought him close to greats like Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix.

Duration:01:23:29

Mastering Engineer Rashad Becker

7/9/2018
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Around Berlin, Rashad Becker’s name is synonymous with sonic brilliance — a mastering engineer at the famed Dubplates & Mastering studio, he put the finishing touches on over 1,200 of your favorite techno, dub and house records. His album 'Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. 1’ is a disorienting three-dimensional thrill ride inside Becker’s mind, full of overlapping layers and links. In his 2014 Red Bull Music Academy lecture in Tokyo, Becker explained how he creates chewy and complex...

Duration:01:01:43

'Lost in Translation' Music Supervisor Brian Reitzell

7/2/2018
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Brian Reitzell is best known for his contributions to films by Sofia Coppola, including The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette, but he’s also composed scores for the football drama Friday Night Lights and the TV series Hannibal. In his 2015 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, Reitzell spoke about the trials and tribulations of licensing music for film and his collaborations with artists like Air, Kevin Shields, Aphex Twin and more.

Duration:01:10:27

Indie Radical tUnE-yArDs

6/25/2018
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Merrill Garbus, AKA tUnE-yArDs, began creating homemade tracks back in 2006. Her signature formula – ukulele, percussion and a booming, soulful voice – evolved when she teamed up with bassist Nate Brenner, projecting her mixture of global folk rhythms, indie pop sensibilities and heartfelt politics. At the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy, Garbus talked about learning to control her voice.

TOKiMONSTA: LA's Queen of Blissed-Out Beats

6/18/2018
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If there’s one thing TOKiMONSTA taught us since attending the 2010 edition of the Academy as a participant, it’s that she’s never one to settle. Linking up Flying Lotus and the mighty Brainfeeder empire has led to a fruitful musical relationship with the LA electronic music scene, and her 2017 album on her own Young Art Records label featured collaborations with R&B and rap vocalists like Joey Purp and Isaiah Rashad. In her 2014 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, she went in-depth about getting...

Duration:00:43:48

Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier: French Indie Icon

6/11/2018
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For many young indie music fans making their way through the "alternative" section of their local record store in the mid-90s, it was the music of Stereolab, and in particular the voice of chanteuse Laetitia Sadier, that provided a pre-Internet window into the worlds of French New Wave, German krautrock and a sprinkling of Marxist politics. In her 2015 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, Sadier discussed Stereolab’s "disastrous" relationship with the French music press, the influence of the...

Duration:01:22:13

DJ Storm: First Lady of Drum & Bass

6/4/2018
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Few nicknames in dance music have been as rightfully earned as DJ Storm's "First Lady of Drum & Bass." It all began in early 90s London, when she discovered the weird and wonderful world of UK rave. By the end of the decade, Storm and her friend Kemistry had become the quiet force behind Goldie’s Metalheadz empire. As part of the 2018 CTM Festival in Berlin, she sat down for an inspiring conversation about the joys of the mix and the trials and tribulations of maintaining a DJing career.

Duration:01:32:44

Equiknoxx: Kingston's Dancehall Innovators

5/28/2018
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Over the past decade Equiknoxx has become one of the most innovative production crews in Kingston, Jamaica. After working with some of the biggest names in dancehall – Aidonia, Beenie Man, T.O.K – Equiknoxx crash landed in the global arena with Bird Sound Power in 2016, a collection of 21st century riddims. In this public talk as part of the 2018 CTM Festival in Berlin, Gavsborg, Time Cow and Shanique Marie spoke with refreshing honesty about the politics of dancehall and how Jamaica seems...

Duration:00:58:09

Robert Hood: Detroit Techno Giant

5/21/2018
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As one of the founding members of the legendary Detroit techno crew Underground Resistance – alongside Mad Mike Banks and Jeff Mills – Robert Hood’s legacy in the electronic music world is almost peerless. Pioneering the minimal techno sound with his 1994 album Minimal Nation, it was his Paradise LP as Floorplan that gave minimalism new, hot-blooded life. In his 2014 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, Hood passionately discussed his work with UR, the importance of hi-hats, and much more.

Duration:00:42:01

Beverly Glenn-Copeland: The Unifying Power of Music

5/14/2018
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Beverly Glenn-Copland worked for many years in children's television, notably composing music for Sesame Street, but when his 1984 electronic album Keyboard Fantasies was reissued in 2016 by Invisible City Editions, its visionary combination of what the label terms "digital new-age and early Detroit techno experiments" resonated with the ears of a new generation. In this very special lecture at the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Montréal 2017, Copeland spoke with refreshing honesty and...

Duration:01:04:01

Drake Producer Boi-1da

5/7/2018
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Thanks to an early partnership with Drake, hip-hop producer Boi-1da helped define a new sound of Toronto. Playing yin to Noah "40" Shebib's yang, he made his mark with hit songs like "Best I Ever Had" and contributions to Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill and more. In his lecture at the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Montreal 2017, he talks making global hits "Work" for Rihanna and "Controlla" for Drake, reimagining dancehall for the streaming generation, and the music business.

Duration:01:11:20