James Murphy! Giorgio Moroder! Afrika Bambaata!
The folks at Red Bull have taken some time off from making fuel for workaholics and making Austrians jump from space to create a month long music extravaganza in New York. The Red Bull Music Academy will be running scads of events around the city in April and May. Here are a few samples.
DFA founder James Murphy will headline an epic nine-hour, multi-room show at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn, with over 15 live acts and DJs spanning the entire history of DFA, including some first-ever in the US performances. The party will be accompanied by the documentary 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic, a mashed-up, frenzied portrait of the iconic label and the creative minds and recording artists behind it. The 12 minute film will be premiering during the Red Bull Music Academy and will be available for streaming on www.redbullmusicacademy.com alongside hundreds of other documentaries, in-depth interviews and archived lecture videos.
May 9 will see the Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash at Roseland Ballroom: the city’s first-ever cross-genre sound clash. First hosted in London in 2010, the Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash is a staple on the international music scene, and a unique celebration of sound system culture. The first New York edition will feature quintessential crews from hip hop, reggae, modern Latin and electronic dance music including Max Glazer, the man behind the city’s best dancehall parties and the brilliantFederation Sound; Fool’s Gold Records, the genre-defying Brooklyn label headed up by A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs; Young Guru and Just Blaze, the architects of Roc-A-Fella’s classic NYC hip hop sound and countless hits from Jay-Z to Rihanna; andQue Bajo?!, a collective known for starting full-on riots with their unique blend of cumbia, moombahton and tropical bass. Every crew will play custom-made tracks only to be heard on the night, and bring out special guests, fighting to win over the crowd and the chance to be named the 2013 Culture Clash champion.
The RBMA will also feature Giorgio Moroder doing his first ever DJ set.
How is that even possible?
Fuck wings, Red Bull gives you Moroder.