The world-travelling music emporium Red Bull Music Academy announces details of a four-stop UK session series this February, paving the way to this year’s Academy edition in Paris, and inspiring the next wave of applicants.

The Red Bull Music Academy’s globe-trotting initiative welcomes 60 up-and-coming musicians from around the world for a month of creative stimulation each year. Collaboration is encouraged, packed in amongst the agenda of workshops, masterclasses and lectures from today’s musical luminaries, whilst a wider programme of public events fills the venues of the host city.

Fuck me. I'll write my own words for a bit now - the Red Bull content checkers won't read this far down. It's great being a blogger; you get invites to events where there's always free booze and links to loads of free music just for copying and pasting whatever it is the PR people send you. Some bloggers and website editors don't even correct the spelling mistakes and the FUCKING SHIT use of grammar! The best thing that I ever did done was pick up my blogging pen and start to write down all of the things that I thought about dance music in 2011. Per week. Know what I mean?

All you funny-looking, backward people who read this, pay to get into clubs, spend money on music after it's already been released and look through the windows of cool events whilst I'm inside with my London mates living it up and giggling with Charlie Chalk and champagne all over my nose are fucking mugs.

- How do I get to be, err, as good as, err, how do I, err, err, is it easy to, err, can anybody do, err, what do I need to, err, can you help us, Tonka?

- Of course I fucking can, lads. I'm the nicest man in dance. Get yourself on Google, sign up for a Google Blogger account, start writing about whatever it is Resident Advisor are writing about at the time and before you know it, the emails and offers will start flooding in.

- It's that easy?

- Yeah, and after a few posts, get on Twitter and start Retweeting all of your favourite DJs, producers and anyone already writing about dance music on websites and magazines. Start off with the less popular ones and and work your way up (if you steam right into a Joe Muggs thread out of the blue, you'll either be laughed out of town or, quite rightly, ignored). Back up their opinions, jump all over ANY common ground you may share, name-drop where possible and occasionally leave positive comments. I've been doing this since 2011 and I reckon I'll be right up inside Philip Sherburne's circle by the end of this year.

- Thanks, Tonka.

Watch this, I'll probably get free entry to loads of Red Bull events just for copying and pasting the rest of this press release. Shh, don't tell anyone! LOLoutLOUD. I'm not even going to check for spelling mistakes and poor use of grammar! ROFLOFL.

So, pick the fucking bones out of this, ladies and gentlemen. You're learning from the master. See you at the end of this post. Winking smiley face.

For those keen on experiencing the Academy first-hand, the application phase for the Paris edition is now officially open. To apply, simply download the application form at apply.redbullmusicacademy.com and follow the instructions. All applications must be postmarked by March 4th to meet the deadline, and music makers must be at least 18 years of age by October 24th, 2015 to be eligible.  The Red Bull Music Academy 2015 will take place from October 25th – November 27th.

Dropping anchor in Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and London, the Road to Paris sessions will be a two-part affair. Kicking off with In Conversation with Mumdance, the 2014 Academy grad will discuss his experiences in Tokyo, divulging the ins and outs of Academy life alongside tips on the application process before opening up questions to the floor. With application forms available on the night, this is a unique chance for audience members to get the inside scoop on Red Bull Music Academy before they apply. Paying homage to this year’s Academy destination, a fine selection of French luminaries step in after Mumdance’s introductory pow wow to deliver a different lecture in each of the selected UK cities, mediated by established RBMA aficionado Emma Warren.

Launching proceedings in Leeds on February 3rd, self confessed vinyl junkie, DJ Deep hosts the first lecture session of the series. A revered tastemaker on the Paris scene for pretty much the last two decades, DJ Deep cut his teeth as a resident DJ for Laurent Garnier at La Luna and Paris’ world famous Rex Club where he played alongside the likes of legends Lil’ Louis, Derrick May, DJ Pierre, Ron Trent and Chez Damier.  He was then spotted by long time hero Derrick May who invited him to Detroit where he met a lot of his heroes of the time Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig, Kenny Larkin and Stacey Pullen.   2015 sees the first releases of music from DJ Deep for nearly 15 years with and EP on Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S and production with fast rising Roman Poncet on Tresor with 2 EPs to be released in the first half of the year and a full LP due on Desire records.

Liverpool follows on February 4th, with a lecture from renowned French daddy of disco, Francois K. Occupying the highest tiers of acclaim, Francois K joins Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles among the forefathers of house, inextricably linked with legendary meccas of music Paradise Garage, Studio 54 and The Loft whilst evolving into the DJ/producer powerhouse he is today.

Bristol welcomes arbiter of Parisian cool Ivan Smagghe on February 5th, dishing out his electro expertise and trade secrets of the techno coterie. Occupying the upper echelons of French hype, Smagghe toes the line as one of the most sought after DJs to emerge from the capital. A key figure in the electroclash scene, his early Death Disco compilation solidified his persona as a seminal one-to-watch. Having garnered praise from the likes of James Murphy, Trevor Jackson, Optimo and sometime-partner-in-crime Andrew Weatherall, he can also be found treasure-hunting for musical diamonds-in-the-rough in his A&R role for established French label Kill The DJ, or hashing together compilations for Bugged Out and Fabric.

Bringing the series to a fitting end, the last session takes place at Red Bull HQ in London on February 6th, featuring Parisian royalty, Gilb'R, the label boss of Versatile Records, half of Chateau Flight with I:Cube, producer of The Big Crunch Theory with Lisa Li Lund, member of Aladdin with Nicolas Ker and rising solo producer and encyclopaedic DJ. From his days as a musical programmer and DJ for the legendary Parisian station Radio Nova to his productions, remixes and partnership with I:Cube as Chateau Flight and maybe most important with Versatile Records, the history of modern French electronic and dance music would look very different without Gilbert Cohen alias Gilb’R and his body of work. 

With the recent release of Various Assets showcasing collaborations from last year’s Tokyo Academy participants, the Red Bull Music Academy Road to Paris looks ahead to the coming edition, and the next wave of hopefuls. Each session will be open to an intimate audience of prospective applicants, and will be open to the public via application form through redbull.co.uk/roadtoparis.

Red Bull Music Academy video content, lectures and radio shows available at


Event Name: Red Bull Music Academy Road to Paris: The Leeds Session
Date: 3rd February 2015
Time: 7 – 10pm
Venue: Hifi Club, 2 Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6DE
Line Up: DJ Deep (Lecture) + In Conversation with Mumdance

Event Name: Red Bull Music Academy Road to Paris: The Liverpool Session
Date: 4th February 2015
Time: 7 – 10pm
Venue: 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool L1 0AN
Line Up: Francois K (Lecture) + In Conversation with Mumdance & Joe Wills

Event Name: Red Bull Music Academy Road to Paris: The Bristol Session
Date: 5th February 2015
Time: 7 – 10pm
Venue: The Christmas Steps, 2 Christmas Steps, Bristol BS1 5BS
Line Up:  Ivan Smagghe (Lecture) + In Conversation with Mumdance

Event Name: Red Bull Music Academy Road to Paris: The London Session
Date: 6th February 2015
Time: 7 – 10pm
Venue: Red Bull UK, 155-171 Tooley Street, London SE1 2JP
Line Up: Gilb'r (Chateau Flight / Versatile Records) (Lecture) + In Conversation with Mumdance

About Red Bull Music Academy

The 17th edition of the Red Bull Music Academy will take place in Paris in autumn 2015, bringing together 60 carefully selected producers, vocalists, beat-makers, instrumentalists and DJs. They will be invited to attend intimate lecture sessions and collaborate on music in an expansive, custom-fitted complex of creative and studio spaces. As always, Red Bull Music Academy lectures are then available as archived video content on our website.

More than 1,500 musical luminaries have participated in past incarnations of the Red Bull Music Academy. Former lecturers include Giorgio Moroder, Chuck D, Steve Reich, Sly & Robbie, Bernie Worrell, Mark Ronson, M.I.A., Q-Tip, Hot Chip, MF Doom, Ryuichi Sakamoto, RZA, Stephen O’ Malley, Gilberto Gil, and pioneering synth inventors Bob Moog, Tom Oberheim, Don Buchla, Roger Linn, Dave Smith, amongst many others. Plenty Academy alumni have gone on to become true figureheads of their scenes like experimental electronic music producer and beat music innovator Flying Lotus; Hudson Mohawke, the Scottish producer behind the beats of Drake and Kanye West; Russian DJ, producer and label head Nina Kraviz; LA soul singer Aloe Blacc; Mexico’s Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Natalia Lafourcade; and the UK’s own Katy B, who introduced the whole world to the sound of London’s dubstep, funky and garage.

The Red Bull Music Academy has been pairing music legends and emerging beatsmiths since 1998 in cities such as Berlin, Cape Town, Melbourne, Barcelona, São Paulo, London, New York City and Tokyo. This unique combination of old school knowledge and new school sounds is unrivalled for its creative exploration and achievement. Each yearly Academy edition leaves behind structures to encourage musical collaboration and creative exchange for years to come. By the end of 2014, there will be eleven fully equipped Red Bull Studios around the world.

For more information on the Red Bull Music Academy and to access thousands of lecture videos, mixes, and exclusive tracks visit redbullmusicacademy.com or follow @RBMA. To access hi-res art and video of Academy events for media use, visit the Red Bull Content Pool at

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