What is the Red Bull Music Academy? It’s kind of hard to define. It’s a global music institution committed to fostering and celebrating creativity — which means it could be an all-night rave, an R&B concert in a historic venue, or a bass camp for emerging young artists. RBMA does a lot of things, but everything they do is one-of-a-kind (and like, really really really cool.)
For example: the world-travelling Academy has had Solange perform at the Guggenheim in New York, Gucci Mane unplug for an intimate”Piano Night” show, and they’ve hosted 13 hour plus parties everywhere from Dubai to Paris to Berlin. Last fall, Montreal hosted five weeks of Red Bull Music Academy in venues across the city. 70 music-makers—including Björk, Iggy Pop and Win Butler—travelled to Quebec for lectures, workshops and a series of cutting-edge experiential events. (One night, RBMA hosted an underwater listening party in Montreal’s old Olympic pool. See? I told you it was cool!)
On the one-year anniversary of the 2016 RBMA in Montreal, Red Bull Music Academy has returned to Canada’s capital-of-cool. There was fashion, art, and music — and every night was unlike anything you’d experienced before. For those who missed out, here’s what went down over the four day musical takeover. Get ready to feel the FOMO.
Friday, September 21, 2017 @ SAT
This was my first heavy metal concert, my first drone music experience, and the first time I’ve ever heard someone use the word “Scumgasm” (look it up). The show was described as a an exploration of experimentation with ambient doom outfit Nadja, industrial pioneer Âmes Sanglantes, techno experimentalists Orphx, and sonic provocateur and Academy alumna Pan Daijing.