Dubspot NY EDU Sessions (5/15) Advanced Hip Hop Production w/ Raydar Ellis + OP!

On Friday May 15th, Dubspot NY EDU Sessions continue with host OP! and special guest Raydar Ellis, Hip Hop Music instructor at Berklee College of Music for a free DJ focused advanced Hip Hop production workshop.

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Dubspot NY EDU Sessions
Advanced Hip Hop Production

Raydar Ellis

Friday May 15th, 2015
2:30pm – 4:30pm EST
Dubspot NY Room 6

Hip Hop Music instructor at Berklee College of Music and DJ/Producer Brian “Raydar” Ellis joins host OP! (I Love Vinyl, Afrokinetic) for a DJ focused advanced Hip Hop production workshop at Dubspot NY. Having working credits with luminaries such as Mos Def, Cee Lo Green, Robert Glasper, and many others, Raydar has a unique understanding of how live DJing can influence new productions in Hip Hop. This workshop will focus on bringing together sounds and textures that by default should not work together, but find cohesion and clarity through advanced musical and production techniques. Using Serato, Ableton, and Push, the workshop will cover:

  • Composing from the mind of a DJ: How do you go from two records in a 10-second blend to a brand new beat?
  • Dissonance as a compositional tool: Chords and notes clashing in Hip Hop that makes it work.
  • Sonic Texture: How to work with a melody on a record; sample it or replay it.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited, please arrive early to sign in.

About Raydar Ellis

Born to a middle-class family in White Plains, NY, Brian Ellis spent most of his life in New Jersey and Connecticut (where he moved right before high school). It was in Connecticut that he first began to get interested in hip-hop, writing rhymes constantly and working on beats as often as he could. Nicknamed “Raydar” by his friends because of his habit of researching and tracking down information, Ellis enrolled in North Carolina A&T State University in order to study electrical engineering. While there, he started the Short Bus Crew with fellow hip-hoppers and friends, but after two yearsEllis decided he wanted to pursue music more seriously, and transferred to Berklee in Boston to study music synthesis and business, as well as to continue making beats and writing rhymes. As part of the group Hood OfficialEllis performed at the 2005 NBA All-Star Game concert, releasing his debut, Late Pass, on Boston-based Brick Records in 2006, after which he moved to Atlanta to continue collaborating with the Short Bus Alumni.


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