Greg Grease joins the Slam Fam

,

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.