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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/
milesperhourmusic/

Instagram: @mph_music
Twitter: @MPH_Music

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

Lazerbeak to teach Music Industry Program

Hip Hop Producer from Minneapolis joins Slam Academy Family

Slam Academy is excited to announce an addition to the instructor roster.  Joining us this November is Lazerbeaklead instructor for our upcoming Music Industry program.  

Aaron Mader, known professionally as Lazerbeak, is a Minneapolis-based artist and hip hop producer. Aside from being a founding member of the Doomtree collective, he is also the CEO and General Manager of Doomtree Records, handling the day-to-day operations, management, and inner workings of the crew and label. Over the past decade he has worked with a wide range of artists including Doomtree, Lizzo, Matt and Kim, Dessa, Trampled By Turtles, P.O.S, Har Mar Superstar, GAYNGS, and Speedy Ortiz. In addition to original production and songwriting, Beak also works musically behind the scenes on commercials, movie trailers, TV shows, and remixes.

Q&A with LAZERBEAK

How did you get your start in the industry? And, why did you stay?

I guess it really started back in 4th grade with my folks making me choose a musical instrument in school. Went from alto sax in grade school to messing around with my dad’s acoustic guitar in junior high and eventually playing in an indie rock band throughout high school and beyond. Started Doomtree up in about 2001 and never looked back. All those years of trial and error taught me the independent fundamentals of what it meant to survive in this industry and not a day goes by that I haven’t learned something new along the way. As much as my role in music has changed over the last few decades, I’ve still got that same passion for creating music, or helping others create music and getting it out there for the world to hear it.

What type of people are successful in the music industry?

I think people skills are crucial. You’ve got to be able to balance empathy, understanding, and lots of different relationships all at the same time – and know tone and the difference between when it’s right to get on the phone, shoot a text, or knock it out in email. The whole “Don’t be a dick” philosophy is huge for me.

What are the most challenging obstacles that you have to deal with or overcome on a daily basis?

Trying to make everyone happy but also not lose sight of the ultimate goal. A lot of managing comes down to listening and being a good life coach or therapist with people.

Tell us about your new group Shredders.  Any new albums coming out?

I love Shredders. It’s a new group comprised of P.O.S, Sims, Paper Tiger and myself, all from the Doomtree collective. Last year we all got together with the goal of making some super short and fun rap bangers – no pressure, no expectations. Dangerous Jumps is the debut LP that came from those sessions and we’ve been touring the country a bunch and playing festivals this year in support of it. We actually just begun demoing some new tracks last month.

Any words of advice for new incoming students?

Be curious and ask a lot of questions. We’ve all got so much to learn from each other.

Why are you excited to teach the Music Industry program?

I’m super excited to learn from each individual student and help to tailor my time at Slam in order to help in whatever way I can. I’ll be using an actual Doomtree Records release in real time as a case study and you’ll get to see all the behind-the-scenes details that go into not only creating an album, but promoting it, releasing it, and beyond.

 

Come meet Lazerbeak at our upcoming FREE Intro to Music Industry class on November 5 where students will have an opportunity to meet the instructor, meet other prospective students and experience the culture of Slam Academy classes.

Register today! [FREE] Intro to Music Industry class

 

Videos:

 

Socials:

IG: https://www.instagram.com/lazerbeak/?hl=en

FB: https://www.facebook.com/lazerbeakdoomtree/

SC: https://soundcloud.com/doomtree/sets/lazerbeak

BC: https://lazerbeak.bandcamp.com

 

Official Website: www.doomtree.net/lazerbeak/

Doomtree started as a mess of friends in Minneapolis, fooling around after school, trying to make music without reading the manual. The group had varied tastes—rap, punk, indie rock, pop—so the music they made together often bore the toolmarks of several styles. When they had enough songs, they booked some shows. They made friends with the dudes at Kinkos to print up flyers. They burned some CDs to sell. The shows got bigger. Of necessity, Doomtree’s seven members (Cecil Otter, Dessa, Lazerbeak, Mike Mictlan, P.O.S, Paper Tiger, and Sims) figured out how to run a small business. Lazerbeak’s garage became the merchandise warehouse; P.O.S’ mom’s basement became the webstore. A decade and fifty releases later, it’s all properly official – Doomtree is now a real, … keep reading at http://www.doomtree.net/about/

 

Editor’s Note: Alongside Lazerbeak will be Katie Kramarczuk (Hydrah) and Grace Davies teaching the Music Industry Program. Slam Acadaemy’s Chief Content Officer, James Patrick wanted to say a few words:

This team of experts bring the final piece of the music Mastery puzzle to the table at Slam Academy. I see too many great tracks die on hard drives or with not enough plays on SoundCloud. Making great content is only one half of the battle. The rest of the elements can come easy with guidance. This Crew is here to make that happen for you within Slam Academy’s Music Industry Program.

Lazerbeak also partnered with Bionik (Stefon Taylor, instructor of Slam Academy’s Recording Arts & Producer Programs) as POOL BOYS. The duo hosted their album release party as a part of Slam Academy’s Producer Strategy Showcase series in 2017, check out the recap video below (enrolled students get access to the full hour and a half video in their online account).

Advisory Board Member Releases New Solo Album

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Gregory Taylor, longtime electronic musician and Madison radio host, releases new solo album, “Randstad”

As a live improviser, Gregory Taylor has been recording electronic works since the late 1970s, but is also well known for his radio show, RTQE, on Madison’s WORT-FM since 1986. Currently, Taylor works for Cycling ’74, developer of the widely used music software program Max.  But, his latest album, Randstad, released in June 2018, embraces working alone and his solitary experiences living in the randstad – the Dutch use this term to describe their urban area that encompasses four large cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

Much of the album was made with field recordings of his travels using a small handheld recorder. He made a rule that the material had to be produced from where he lived and made with what he had with him. This technique proves that the smallest pieces of technology, made with small parts, can end up turning into a big sounding album. Randstad is his 4th album for PoL.

Listen & Preview here: 

https://youtu.be/x1UBp0ZWJLA

https://youtu.be/T2DZOw6oaY8

 

Discogs:
https://www.discogs.com/Gregory-Taylor-Randstad/release

Juno:
https://www.juno.co.uk/products/gregory-taylor-randstad

 

Disc: 1

1) To Kijkduin By Monorail
2) Shoulder Alignment
3) Prayer Wheels – Voorschoten
4) Alchemical Refrigeration
5) Illuminated By Optimism – Teyler
6) Imagined Anaphora
7) Cockpitgebouw – Trajectum Ep Digital Bonus Track
8) Satellite Campus (Cohort) – Trajectum Ep Digital Bonus Track

 

*Tracks 7 and 8 are available as digital downloads via a code supplied with the CD.

Style: Electronic, Ambient, Abstract, Drone, Experimental | Format: CD, Album | Cat: POL 012018 | Label: Palace Of Lights | Composed By, Producer, Photography By – Gregory Taylor | Recorded At – H33A | Mixed At – H33A | Mastered At – GS Mastering & Post | Mastered By – Anders Peterson