Gender Amplified Attends Hip Hop Hackathon At Spotify

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On June 10th, Gender Amplified was invited to participate in Hip Hop Hacks, an event dedicated to celebrating and exploring the intersection of hip-hop and technology. Organized by R. Sommer McCoy/Monthly Music Hackathon NYC and held at Spotify‘s New York City office, the day included group discussions with industry leaders, workshops varying in topics from music production to computer science, and performances from guest lecturers and attendees!

Producer, engineer, singer-songwriter, and Gender Amplified founder Ebonie Smith served as one of the panelist for a listening/critique session alongside fellow artists/producers Hank Shocklee (Bomb Squad, Public Enemy), Breakbeat Lou (producer/DJ), Ms Madli (producer/engineer/iStandard Champion), VHVL (electronic musician), and POZIBELLE (producer/educator). The listening session gave beatmakers and producers of all skill levels a chance to showcase their work and gain useful feedback from distinguished industry professionals.

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After panelist introductions were announced, legendary producer Hank Shocklee gave up-and-coming producers in the room some inspiring words of wisdom to live by before the start of the listening/critique session.

“This is for all of the young producers. You guys, right now, have the key to the future in your hands. You can build upon the wisdom of the past and even relate to what’s happening in the future. But the thing you guys have to understand now is… networking with each other is what’s going to continue making this industry strong. Sitting around just talking about music is an important aspect. What you want to do is build a relationship. Music is spiritual, and if you connect your vibrations and your spirits together, you’ll create better art.”

Check out more recap images from the event!

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Gender Amplified Announces New Web Series: 60 Seconds of Truth

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In a new web series called 60 Seconds of Truth, Gender Amplified aims to broadcast the stories of a wide array of women in music production and sound engineering.

In 60 seconds, these women will share their narratives from their own mouths. You’ll learn about how they became interested in music technology, what types of gear they use, where they learned their crafts and much much more! The series looks to give voice to budding producers as well as more established women as well. Stay tuned for more to come on this series!

Producer Spotlight: Kiran Gandhi Combines Music and Activism to Inspire Social Change

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The ability to influence change through art is an aspiration for many professional creatives, but for producer, performer, and activist Kiran Gandhi, it’s a way of life.

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Gandhi made international headlines last year after free-bleeding her way through the London Marathon, a decision she consciously made to impress upon the stigmas associated with female periods. In a piece written for TIME Motto, Gandhi addresses the negative effects of stigmas and how advocating for women’s rights benefits the greater good of humanity. “Stigma is one of the most effective forms of oppression because it denies us the vocabulary to talk comfortably and confidently about our own bodies… the menstrual cycle is the bedrock of the human race. Without it we wouldn’t exist. If we want to make the world a better place, we have to start combatting taboo now – and, in the process, make it easier for women and girls to access their fullest potential.”

After earning an MBA from Harvard Business School and touring internationally as the drummer for both M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation, Gandhi formed her own electronic music project under the stage name Madame Gandhi. With songs like “The Future Is Female” and “I Own My Own Body,” Gandhi is using her intellectual and musical talents to serve the end of social change. “I’m not a great singer or anything like that, but I have a message and I have stories that I want to express, and the best way to express them musically is to sing them.”

Producer Spotlight: Grimes Just Wants to Do Her Job!

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Canadian producer Grimes is on a mission to use music technology to express an artistic narrative that has grown out of her control. In this candid interview for The FADER, Grimes discusses the importance of being in control of her sonic narrative. In reference to self-­producing her own music, she expresses, “I don’t want to just be the face of this thing that I built; I want to be the person who built it.”

 

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In commenting on her latest album Art Angels, she explains, “Grimes, as one person, cannot represent more than a couple ideas. That’s why I started developing some of the other characters… like really abstract from who I am…”

 

On the RISE: Producer Stoni Profiled by ROLI

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In a piece entitled “On the RISE: Music is life – Stoni,” ROLI recently profiled Gender Amplified Alumna Stoni demonstrating the new Seaboard RISE musical instrument. ROLI is a design­-led technology start ­up expanding the bandwidth of interaction between people and technology. Read an excerpt from the article below:

“There’s no stage in your life that doesn’t have a song you can reference,” says Stoni, the New York­ based producer and DJ known for her hard ­driving hip­-hop beats. “Like when you graduate from high school, you’re listening to something, and every time you hear that song later you think ‘Ahhh!’ And you get to recapture that feeling, and it makes you feel great.” READ MORE

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Stoni is always on the move helping to bridge the gap between the technology of today and pop culture. She has consulted some of the hottest music producers over her career, which spans several decades.

Our previous Producer Profile with Stoni in 2014 also highlights other areas of her work. She is a trailblazer, and her reign as an accomplished master of music technology is just beginning!


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