Can Teaching Young Women to DJ and Produce Solve Gender Inequality in Electronic Music?

At the Lower Eastside Girls Club, an organization that provides educational programs to lower-income young women in New York City, class is ending. “Get ready for DJ Stacia!” someone yells. The room erupts in cheers. An endearingly awkward tween girl with a ponytail and glasses focuses on her Pioneer controller as the other girls crowd around.

The girls are midway through a seven-week DJ workshop taught by WBAI DJ Baby K (AKA Kelly Webb) and DJ Reborn at the Girls Club’s sleek $20 million building, which opened in October 2013 and houses everything from a high-tech science lab to a planetarium (all of the Girls Club’s programs are free). The studio where class is happening would be the envy of any professional DJ: it includes Serato units donated by Pioneer, PUSH controllers and Ableton Live, an S5 and Komplete 10 Sound Production Suite donated by Native Instruments, and a ProTools mixer used by their in-house radio station, WGRL.

Back in the classroom, a chilled out piano intro plays over the PA before a beat and vocals kick in. After a few false starts, DJ Stacia transitions into another track. More cheers. It’s not the greatest mix ever, but no one really cares. When she finishes, the next DJ is quickly announced by a volunteer MC, and any errors are forgotten. It’s time to mix.

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Why do people like “death metal” music, even though it sounds so harsh?

Well, first things first. You don’t just sit down with your ipod one fine day, turn on some “death metal” music and suddenly you feel like it’s the best thing that you have ever heard. It comes eventually to you. One has to start with Rock, slowly go up to heavy metal, then more extreme genres like death metal or black metal. If you just start hearing it abruptly, it will just sound like endless chuggachuggachugga hurgghhh.

And death metal is not only about brutal music, overly down tuned guitars, drum blasts, death-glorifying lyrics. You have to really follow the music, the intent, the history behind it, the things that make it work, the people involved, you have to get inside it, do a little research on your own otherwise you will never really understand why the hell do people like metal, leave alone death metal.

When I started hearing metal for the first time, it was just a very heavy music and I could happily head bang to it, but as I started playing it on guitar and started to break it down slowly, I realized that metal, especially death metal  is one of the most complex pieces of music, nay art, that requires a whole new level of dedication, passion, talent and hard work. Some of the techniques involved in Death Metal guitars are :

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10 Ways for Unknown Musicians to Get the Word Out

When Clear Channel controls the radio and the monopoly newspaper doesn’t like you, how do you win over new audiences?

The good news: there are many, many ways. Here are ten of my favorites.

1. Approach a local college or alternative radio station or community access cable TV station with a programming idea, like a live songwriter showcase. Other musicians will want to be a part of your show, and you’ll build an audience for your own music–and theirs.

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Music Can’t Last Forever, Not Even on the Internet

Recorded music was once incredibly fragile. Before the days of digital music, an independent band might press only a few thousand, or even a few hundred copies of a vinyl record. Those albums only became more rare over the years as copies were scratched, broken, or thrown out. Likewise, master recordings could be damaged or lost, making the record difficult or impossible to reissue.

But today, thanks to the wonders of digitization, recordings can be backed up and saved indefinitely. When a formerly obscure band hits it big, fans can instantly find their early work, without having to hunt it down in used record stores or waiting for a reissue, thanks to streaming music services.

The trouble is that, even as music has become more durable, it has—paradoxically—also become more ephemeral. Your physical records don’t evaporate if the store you bought it from closes shop or the record label that published them goes out of business. If a streaming music company goes under, a stockpile of important cultural artifacts could go with it.

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New Age Music – What Is It Good For?

Let’s face it. The world will not end if there isn’t another new age music CD on the market. So why bother? Why play when most people don’t care or want to hear the kind of music you like? The answer lies in the nature of art itself, for the world really does not need art. It can survive without painting, sculpture or music. It can survive, but it would be a pretty dreary place.

But the main reason we play is not for the world but for ourselves. We must play for ourselves first and if people hear and like it fine. If not, that’ s fine too. As long as we don’t deprive ourselves of the enriching experience improvisation can bring.

When I first started playing I wanted to create something others could admire. Something that people could say, wow, listen to that. That guy is really good. But I was miserable and miles away from the true purpose of playing music. It wasn’t until a year or so later that I realized that if I don’t please myself first, no one would be pleased. Nor did it matter if others were pleased or not.

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