Let’s be honest… looking for a job sucks. As a musician, all you want to do is focus on making music, but the next thing you know, you’re promoting more than you’re playing and it feels like Rick Ross wrote “Everyday I’m Hustling” about your professional life. It’s easy to think, “Hey, I’m talented! Why can’t a job come looking for me?” Well, through opportunities on IndabaMusic.com, it can. Just ask Radical Academy
A music school-trained producer from the United Kingdom, Radical Academy has no shortage of talent, but less in the way of industry connections. He’s been a member of Indaba Music since 2009, and, to date, has entered into over 75 remix opportunities (yup, you get a nifty badge for that). Rad (as the Indaba staff call him) explains “I like using the contests as a chance to experiment with new styles and vibes, it’s a great way of getting feedback, good and bad, from some amazing and open minded musicians, even if my remix isn’t what they’re looking for in the contests, I always take something from it”.
Rad entered the Hollywood Undead Remix Contest, experimenting with 2 parts dubstep, 1 part Gorillaz. While Rad didn’t get the attention of the band, he did get the attention Roi Hernandez, head of electronic A&R for Hollywood Undead’s label A&M/Octone Record’s, home to artists including Maroon 5, K’Naan and The Knocks. “I’m always on the look out for new producers/writers/remixers and Indaba is one of the first places I look. I first heard Radical Academy when he did a brilliant remix for Hollywood Undead. He really took the song to another level. His production was so on point that he was an obvious choice to remix K’NAAN’s (then) single ‘Hurt Me Tomorrow’.”
And so it was—Rad got a gig producing official remixes for the Grammy-nominated star. After 4 stressful days of work on his remix Rad produced an amazing track that was featured heavily to millions of music fans on blogs and magazines, including Complex Magazine.
Rad responds, “It was great to know that people like my stuff enough to search me out… it’s one of the reasons I do so many contests on Indaba. Plus, the critique you get from other producers is invaluable…talking to the guys on the boards and getting their thoughts on my remixes and productions has taught me so much, and has improved me so much.”
Check out Rad’s “Hurt Me Tomorrow” remix here.