The students of the Red Bull Music Academy Porto Hub take some lessons in music from a renowned singer and composer...
Thursday began with a tour of Portuguese music. Tozé Brito gave the first lecture. If living is remembering, like his song teaches us, then those present were already very well aware of this author and his work. The participants left the lecture room with the belief that they too could make a name in the fiercely competitive world of music. Appleblim, DJ and producer from Bristol, then took his place in the lecture room. Besides his wise technical tips, revealed exclusively for the Red Bull Music Academy Porto Hub, the British musician presented us with themes not yet edited by his label. This was one of those special moments in the Academy, not only for the sharing of knowledge, but because everyone is a philanthropist of sorts: giving and receiving in equal measure.
The crowd remain at the Red Bull Music Academy, some stay in the main room – both inside and outside – and others stay in the Jam 'Chaos' Room, trying the paraphernalia of instruments, that now includes a luxurious novelty... yes, yes, the fascinating, the amazing, the instrument that turns every professional into a child that has just received a big box full of Lego... the Reactable!
During the evening, the subversive space of Residential M welcomed the participants and guests. In the main room, where the centrepiece was a ballot box that looked like a toilet, a DJ was playing music that filled all the other rooms of the building. Installations from artists of the city decorated the spaces and gave a new life to the darkness and silence of an abandoned building. The walls were covered with fluorescent masks and photographs that explored an opulent exhibition of money. This is a space that certainly deserves to be explored.
At Plano B, whoever came in would notice the Hit + Run live printing machine. A sea of shirts with illustrations by the artist Oker printed smiles on the faces of everyone who revelled in the exclusiveness of the academy. Underground, on the dance floor, Buck Skins resorted to their weapon of choice: vinyl. They started the night projecting house music without hurries, slowly warming up the place. Then, Appleblim followed and people from all over the place came to listen. His act was far more minimal than the previous duo and showcased a rhythmic experimentalism that everyone enjoyed.
The new participants arriving on Friday will find A Guy Called Gerald sitting on the comfortable couch of the lecture room. Later, another gift from the Academy: a Reactable showcase that signals the beginning of the night in Gare Clube. Under the arches of this old warehouse, the participants and guests will be able to listen and dance to the sounds of A Guy Called Gerald, after the urban act of Santo Ovídeo Grime.