Ill Gates, electronic music heavyweight, graced the Denver art scene last week, hosting his highly acclaimed workshop, Ill Methodology, to a packed room at the Global Dj Academy. Gates and his Ill Methodology workshop have toured the world, instructing the budding electronic music scene in such areas as production workflow, sound design, performance and promotion. There is simply no who cares more about the quality of electronic music on the whole as Gates. In true form, Gates donated a number of tickets to Youth On Record and Flobots.org, so that students who might not be able to attend would be able to do so. It was truly an opportunity of a production lifetime to be so close to a master, and we thank him from the sub-bass of our collective hearts.
On Saturday we participated in a Father's Day celebration in our soon to be neighborhood, La Alma. It was a blast and it is sure to be the first of many! While we were having a party, superstar intern, Andre, and partner artist, Serafin, lead a workshop at Microsoft Store at Denver's Park Meadow's Mall.
After a quick Youth On Record workout, that's right, we exercise before class, and a review of metaphor, simile and imagery, this week's lesson, the students recorded vocals for the first time. This is the most impressive group we have worked with since our founding, not so much for their talent, although it is indeed there, but because of the community that we have created together.
Oh yeah, we also had our first series of guitar lessons this week!
Transition student Nate, earned his way into the recording booth at Cherry Sound. Nate is a graduate of the program and his participation in the transition program that YOR is piloting for the future Youth Media Studio, coming in September of next year, earned him a couple hours with Chris Guillot of Cherry Sound Studios here is the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver. It was Nate's first professional recording experience and, with the direction of Chris G, was able to record both guitar and vocals. Congratulations Nate and thanks Chris.
Youth On Record students from Synergy Schoolwere guests of Michael Franti for his sound check at Red Rocks. It was an amazing experience, the students singing on stage as well as being treated to their own private show from Franti and his band. Cheers to Joey Pace of Cole Middle School and Camp Hero, for setting it up!