Master Package Graduate destined for great things

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Miles Campbell presented the “Superstar” Award at Fall 2018 Graduation for being the first student to complete all eight programs

It was a special day for 19 year old Miles Campbell as he walked up to the stage to accept a “Superstar” award for being the first student at Slam Academy to complete and graduate from all eight offered programs.  And, he was able to do it in under two years, while attending college full time. What’s his secret to success? We were able to catch up with the rock-star graduate for a personal interview on how he got started, what he gained from training, and what’s next on the horizon.

 

A conversation with Miles Campbell:

Tanya Lano, Slam Aacademy:

What first brought you to Slam Academy? What was your background experience prior to starting classes at Slam Academy? What goals did you have set at that time when you started classes?

Miles:

When I first started producing, I was 12 years old. I needed to find somewhere I can learn this. I googled “how to produce music” and Slam Academy came up in my search. I reached out, and started taking private lessons with James Patrick (Co-Founder) when I was 16. When I was a senior in high school, I decided what I wanted to do. We toured other schools, then I came to Slam Academy. I loved music my entire life, I love EDM, and have a huge passion. Minneapolis has a great music scene and Slam Academy is only 15 minutes away from where I live. The more I came here, the more it felt like a community and a home. It’s a family here. I wanted to take my music to a professional level. I worked hard to get all of those classes done.

SA:

You completed the DJ program first, why? And, what made you open your mind to taking all programs?

Miles:

I was DJ’ing a lot, and wanted better gigs. My full time job during high school was DJ’ing. I was making more money DJ’ing than my first part-time job so I quit. I was performing for high school events, Trampoline Park, and other random events. I feel the DJ program  is a good start for everyone. I also wanted to master Ableton Live so I took that with Sound Design. If you know Ableton Live and Sound Design, everything else can be built around these programs. Everything ties together.

SA:

How did you handle taking classes at your college and Slam Academy at the same time?  How did you structure your busy calendar to balance two schools? Why do you feel completing all 8 programs is beneficial?

Miles:

I took 26 credits in my freshman year of college, as well as classes at Slam Academy. I did mostly online classes for college, and I took night classes when I didn’t have classes at Slam. During breaks, I would do homework. I stayed busy and didn’t waste time. I didn’t hang with friends, just focused on myself. I stayed focused, but I’m not organized. I found a system and stuck with it.

Just recently I’ve been nominated and chosen to open for Steve Aoki at U of M homecoming. Seeing your hard work pay off is inspiring.

SA:

How do you handle stress and pressure?  Are you ever overwhelmed with work? How to you create balance for yourself?

Miles:

I try to remind myself stress will pass. You gotta keep working to overcome obstacles in life. Keep pushing forward. If you let yourself fall backwards, it’s harder to get back up. I just go for it. I feel overwhelmed all the time. I just transferred to a major University and still trying to work on music. I want to release music.

SA:

Do you feel Slam Academy got you where you want to be?

Miles:

Slam Academy went above and beyond. I did not expect to play my first gig at Skyway just 2 months after I started classes. It all happened so fast.  All the people I’ve met have completely changed my life.

SA:

What advice can you give future students that also desire to win a “Superstar” award? Are you collaborating with Slam Academy students?

Miles:

Work hard and keep at it. If I can do it, you can do it. Stay excited and inspired. Pull inspiration from the people in your class and the environment around you. It won’t seem like work, and it will just be fun

I’ve been collaborating with Forest Vlaming (Slam Academy Master Package Student) and worked on a tons of different ideas and business plans. We had a lot of classes together. Talking to other people that are in similar stages of their career and are hungry for success, just like I am, is very good. It’s hard to meet other people that are into the same thing as you are, so meeting tons of them at Slam was crazy. I felt in high school I was the only one doing this.

SA:

What’s next for Miles Campbell?

Miles:

I’m working on my first single, working on new music, getting ready for upcoming gigs, joined the EDM club at U of M, and helping to teach there. And, I expect more. I want to do music full time. That’s the goal.

SA:

Congratulations, Miles.

Miles:

Thank you very much.

Miles Per Hour

 

SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/
milesperhour-1

FaceBook:
https://www.facebook.com/
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Instagram: @mph_music
Twitter: @MPH_Music

Past gigs: https://www.facebook.com/events/2126147074286946/

Cool Stuff To Do This Hot Summer

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Summer Camps, programs, and more begin in July and August

We are feeling the heat now in Minneapolis, so here are some great opportunities to cool off with us inside.

Youth Camps ~ Sound Design ~ Hip Hop Producer ~ Open House ~ Free Classes


For the summer of 2018 we’ve expanded our summer offerings to include two camps: first, the Young Producer Summer Camp, which has been successful for the last 5 years, and is ideal for students interested in learning how to make the music that they love listening to; and new this year: the Young DJ Summer Camp, for students who want to learn how to perform, beat-match, and get on stage.

Young DJ Summer CampDates: 7/16/18 – 7/20/18

Young Producer Summer CampDates: 8/6/18 – 8/10/18

Time: 10am-2pm Monday-Friday

Cost: $499 (lunch Included)

Ages: 8th – 12th Grades

Location: Slam Academy Studios (1121 NE Jackson Street, Suite 142, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

https://slamacademy.com/youth-camps/ 


Our Sound Design Program starts July 10th, for those that want to dive deep into synthesis. In this program, you will be guided through everything you need to know to create incredible sounds from scratch. The course begins at the heart of sound creation with an in-depth study of the nature of both acoustic and electronic sound through analog and modular subtractive synthesis…

State Date: July 10

Time: 7-10pm, every Tuesday

Software Requirements: Ableton Live Suite software

Prerequisites: Ableton Live Program or intermediate knowledge of a DAW

https://slamacademy.com/sound-design-program/


Our Hip Hop Producer Program begins August 15th. If you are already a producer, but looking for that edge that will make your beats pro, this is it. This course is designed for MCs & producers looking to dig in and succeed with their craft. If you want to sell your beats, collaborate, and dominate the field –  you need to be working alongside someone already doing it. Enter Greg Grease, DJ Adatrak, and the Slam Academy Hip Hop Producer Program.

Start Date: August 15

Time: 7 – 10pm, every Wednesday

Software Requirements: any DAW

Prerequisites: None

https://slamacademy.com/hip-hop-program/


Join us for our Open House – Saturday, July 21, 3-5pm. If you were ever wondering what goes on at Slam Academy, this is a perfect opportunity to check us out! Why should you come? Read this: 5 Great Reasons to Attend an Open House


FREE Classes! What a better way to cool down than to enjoy a 2 hour class full of valuable information in our nice air conditioned performance hall, meet “cool” people, and get free stuff.Intro to Sound Design | 7/3/18 | 7-9pm

Intro to Electronic Music | 7/21/18 | 1-3pm

Into to Hip Hop | 8/8/18 | 7-9pm

Intro to Ableton Live | 8/9/18 | 11am-1pm & 7-9pm

Intro to Electronic Music | 8/21/18 | 7-9pm

 

 

Greg Grease joins the Slam Fam

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New Hip Hop Instructor at Slam Academy

Last Fall 2017, Slam Academy launched the new Hip Hop Producer Program that was written, developed and taught by producer, King Karnov (Dr. Dre, Lauren Hill, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes).  The first run of classes went so well, hitting full capacity, that there was no question the program would run again in the Spring 2018.  Already the April start seats have been filled, and enrollment is open for the August 2018 start. It was a natural step for Slam Academy to bring on another instructor to help guide the successful program, and there was no question that local Minneapolis native Greg Grease was the perfect fit to do it.

Greg Grease is a Musician/Visual Artist/Sewer out of Southside Minneapolis.  There is a blue-collar Afro-centricity present throughout all of Grease’s music, particularly with his band Astralblak (aka ZULUZULUU), a Soul/Funk/Future Space movement created to empower and elevate through sonics.  Grease creates reality raps reflecting his environment growing up in a lower middle class neighborhood as a black youth, and feel good music with a hard smack that pulls listeners.  Greg also owns and operates River Life Dry Goods, where he designs, hand sews leather goods, canvas bags and bespoke menswear.

When we caught up with Greg for a quick interview, we asked him about his plans for the Hip Hop Producer Program, and provided some great insight on what to expect.

“When I met with JP, and everyone at Slam, discussing exactly what it will be about, it was so natural because it’s been my entire life,” Grease said. “I’ve always lived inside of it, and since it’s so lived, I don’t have to think about it. It’s been a cool experience to quantify and write down the things that are natural to my knowledge. That’s the exciting part for me. Exploring what hip hop is to me, and how I can contribute that to someone else’s learning experience.”

Greg grew up in a musical family and has been surrounded by sounds his whole life.  His father loves music of all kinds, and even likes to rap. Greg was encouraged to be creative all the time.  When he started making music at the age of 9, it started off with drums, conga and djembe. As he got older, he progressed to a full drum kit, while learning beat production with an MPC2000 and a computer.  He was active in all kinds of funk bands, and also got into rapping more. Greg’s Uncle, also an accomplished musician, who played with Paula Abdul, Terry Lewis, and many more, allowed Greg to use his studio and learn recording tools.

“I think the Hip Hop [Producer] Program is important because it’s that education and perspective for someone that doesn’t have that exposure.  Access is everything.”

 

UPCOMING START DATES

August 15 @ 7-10PM

December 12 @ 7-10PM

April 17, 2019 @7-10PM

 

If you are already a producer, but looking for that edge that will make your beats pro, this is it. This course is designed for MCs & producers looking to dig in and succeed with their craft. If you want to sell your beats, collaborate, and dominate the field –  you need to be working alongside someone already doing it. Enter Greg Grease, DJ Adatrak, and the Slam Academy Hip Hop Producer Program.

 

 

HIP HOP LEVEL 1: HIP HOP 101 – STYLES, ORIGINS, AND PRODUCTION METHODS

Comparing classic styles and origins of hip hop and what they involve ala DJ Mustard, DJ Premier, Chop/Screw, J Dilla, and more. Learn how to use the fundamental tools and techniques that make Hip Hop, from the microphones, drum machines, synthesizers, and samplers. Investigate the ways that the Sampler has inspired the genre, and learn the workflows used by Marley Mall, Timbalaand, Pete Rock, RZA, and others to bring these tools to life.

HIP HOP LEVEL 2: ADVANCED BEAT MAKING TECHNIQUES

Go to the local indy record store and come back with some vinyl. Sample it with instructor guidance, and chop that sample into your own tune. Add synth lines that are in key, and add drums that are in the pocket. Turn your beat into a full song by tweaking those sounds and add extra flavor with effects, shout outs, and ultimately vocals in your own tune. Explore processing and pitch and time correction tools such as autotune, melodyne, and vocoding for extra attitude on that microphone.

HIP HOP LEVEL 3: PRODUCER SUCCESS STRATEGIES

Showcase your work as an artist or producer on the world stage the right way, with proper social media rollout techniques. Learn the ways that are tried and true in the 21st century for publishing, marketing, distribution, licensing, and more. Explore the various avenues a creative person can pursue in this field, from performer, producer, engineer, MC, and more. Hear industry success and failure stories from veterans in the game, and ultimately succeed yourself as you apply this knowledge to your own music and music career.

5 Great Reasons to Attend an Open House

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… Even if you’re not ready to invest

Pursuing the right school to attend can be stressful at times.  It can take a lot of research time to find that perfect place to learn, but before you dismiss that school you think is too expensive you owe it to yourself to take a look.  Why? Because it’s fun and you might find out something you didn’t know.  Once you tour all of the schools you would consider, you will find it easier to make a decision of which one is right for you.  

Reason No. 1 : Learn about how much you can invest in your education

What you can afford to buy plays an important factor in your decision.  Sometimes you don’t always figure that out until you are deep into the process.  Attending an open house allows you to get a realistic expectation of how much you need to budget.  Typically there is a staff member that is trained in helping students with information on how to pay for school.  It’s also an opportunity to get advice on scholarships that may be available.  Be clear about your intentions and if you are not a serious buyer, then say so.

Reason No. 2 : See the school in action and learn from the crowd

Open houses present an opportunity to see students train, meet staff members and get a sense of the culture.  Be alert to whether the tour guide or staff member engages you when you first come in, and pay attention to how others acknowledge you.  This plays an important role on how you would be treated as a student.  It allows you get face-to-face time with the students and staff.  Bring your tough questions to ask!  Be sure your tour guide is knowledgeable and genuinely interested in you, your story and your goals.

Reason No. 3 : Learn about your needs

Sometimes buyers are not sure what they want or are looking for, so understanding what you want to gain and benefit is important.  You would be very surprised what you gravitate toward when you start looking around.  You may see something you have never seen before and it changes your perspective. Open houses help you to learn about the layouts and amenities provided.  This will contribute to defining what you need to get you where you want to go.

Reason No. 4 : Touch the stuff and get to know the competition

 Take the time to research as many “like” schools as you can to understand the difference between them.  Check out all of the rooms, look at the equipment and technology and overall care put in to the facility.  It’s like buying a car and looking under the hood to make sure all the parts are working.  It’s crucial that your investment will give you the training you need on the “latest and greatest” technology.

Reason No. 5 : Get a feel for the neighborhood

Is the school located in an area where job opportunities are nearby?  Is the neighborhood buzzing with excitement?  Are you looking for housing near your school of choice?  You’ll get a sense right away if the location will benefit your living needs.  And it will give you a chance to see other nearby businesses.  

 

Every 2 months, Slam Academy opens its doors to students that are interested in its programs.  Get registered today: Open House March 10, 2018  3-5pm

Also on March 10th, Slam Academy will be hosting a free 2-hour introduction class to electronic music.
Get registered today:
Intro to Electronic Music March 10, 2018 1-3pm

Details
March 10, 2018 3-5pm
Public Event
https://slamacademy.com
Slam Academy – 1121 Jackson Street NE, Ste. 142, Minneapolis, MN
(612) 293-7526