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Cooking Up Beats at Fortune Sound Club

Cooking Up Beats at Fortune Sound Club

Vancouver’s electronic music scene has been bubbling beneath the surface for many years. Especially now, with producers and collectives making moves both locally and internationally. Recent success from local heroes Pomo, Ekali, Pacific Rhythm, Chapel Sound, Groundwerk, and more continue to push the category forward and COOKING is no exception.

COOKING is a 2 hour interactive beat making workshop hosted at Fortune Sound Club that showcases three hand-picked producers as they share their experiences in the music industry and dissect their work live.

Below we had a chance to chat with Angela Donna Christensen, the producer behind COOKING, about what the one-of-a-kind workshop is all about.

Cooking: Beat Making Workshop

Tell us about the format of COOKING for someone who’s never been to the workshop before

The 2 hour interactive workshop essentially consists of three parts: A relaxed and open Q&A between the speakers and audience, individual beat-making lessons from each speaker, and a live onstage collaboration.

This February will mark the 5th COOKING installation since our debut in January 2015. This will also be the first workshop where the speakers will actually continue on to headline a major club night that same evening!

Who is COOKING geared towards?

Whether you are looking to pursue a career in music production or simply have an appreciation for the finished product, expect to leave creatively inspired or at least more musically inclined.

Speaking in front of a large audience is not easy, and these “bedroom” electronic music producers aren’t trying to become professional public speakers. They do, however, take their artistry in music production very seriously and have (or are well on their way to having) a successful career in the industry.

Our speakers have agreed to get on the mic and explain what they do and how they do it. They’re prepared to share their signature production techniques and dissect an entire track session from ground up. Past speakers include Ekali, Pat Lok, Joseph L’Etranger, Shaunic, Tails, James Deen, Syre, DeathlyChill, Sangnoir, and Waspy of D!RTY RAD!O.

Cooking: Beat Making Workshop

The COOKING workshop can be for everyone. It’s not really geared toward any one specifically, although the majority of our audience currently attends Nimbus School of Recording Arts or has in recent years.

On that note, the staff and students at Nimbus have been absolutely fantastic to work with since coming on board from day one. I connected with key faculty member Rob Stefanson quite early on into the initial development of the event and continuing our partnership with them makes perfect sense.

Vancouver is becoming really well known for it’s electronic music community; especially with collectives like Chapel Sound, Mood Hut, Goundwerk, Pacific Rhythm, and more. How do you want COOKING to add to the electronic music scene in Vancouver?

I would love for COOKING to continue to establish and empower all of the artists we work with as leaders in the Vancouver music community.

Cooking: Beat Making Workshop

The next edition of COOKING starts at 8pm tonight Friday, February 5th featuring Losco from Belgium. Check out the Facebook event page for more information.

-Vanessa Tam

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