On April 5th, 1998, the very first Red Bull Music Academy lecture took place in Berlin, with techno pioneer Jeff Mills sitting on the couch to dispense wisdom earned throughout his trailblazing career. Over the 20 years since, RBMA lectures have expanded to include all manner of inspiring music-makers around the world, from well-known artists to behind-the-scenes legends. But whether they’re a household name or a quiet influence, RBMA lecturers represent an unparalleled source of musical knowledge and universal inspiration across genre and generation.
In the above short film, released to coincide with RBMA’s 20th anniversary, we present just a handful of lecture highlights from throughout the Academy’s two decades, with plenty more emotional moments, laughter and life lessons available via the extensive and ever-growing archive.
Join us in Berlin in September 2018 for the Academy’s 20th anniversary edition, as we return to the city where it all began and continue to celebrate music’s past, present and future.
IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
Alice Bag / Bernard Purdie / Bob Moog / Bootsy Collins / Brian Eno / Bun B / Cosey Fanni Tutti / D’Angelo / Derrick May / Emmanuel Jagari Chanda / Equiknoxx & Shanique Marie / Erykah Badu / Fatima Al Qadiri / Frankie Knuckles / Goldie / Gyedu-Blay Ambolley / Holly Herndon / Hugh Masekela / Iggy Pop / Jam & Lewis / Jeff Mills / Kaytranada / Keiji Haino / Kindness / Kode9 / Laetitia Sadier / Leon Ware / Malcolm Cecil / Matana Roberts / MikeQ / Moritz von Oswald / Mtume / Mulatu Astatke / Ritu / Robert Hood / Sheila E. / Shut Up And Dance / Skepta / Sly & Robbie / Tanya Tagaq / Theo Parrish / Tom Zé / tUnE-yArDs
Academy Lectures By Year
Academy Photo Highlights