Within the last several years, the music you hear on the radio while driving in your car has definitely evolved.
Sure, we have certain artists that are complete garbage (in my opinion & not naming names), but we also have Beyoncé, J.Cole, Kanye West, Drake, etc. There's no doubt Kendrick Lamar is one of the few hip hop artists holding down the game, but if his music came out ten years ago, I don't believe he'd be receiving the same recognition now. Music wise, society has changed its' views on artists like Kendrick: embracing it instead of brushing their work aside.
It's a shame how many talented artists didn't become recognized as musical legends until they passed away.
by wave Groove
I met with Jason Lee (aka Triton Bloom) and discussed about his involvement in Today's Future Sound, a community based outreach program dedicated to teach and inspire young individuals about beat production culture. The program is based out of Oakland, CA and has plenty of workshops in a multitude of places including Los Angeles.
Triton Bloom and Dr.Gann at a live workshop in Toronto
- What is Today's Future Sound about?
Triton Bloom : Today’s Future Sound is about empowering youth through the art of beat-making and hip-hop culture. Our mission is to use the power of music to transform and inspire youth to create positive change in their lives and communities. We view our work as having educational, therapeutic, and social components that can empower individuals to build confidence, inspire creativity, and create change.
- Its really important that TFS is around to inspire young creatives, Tell us what happens during a TFS workshop?
Triton Bloom : What we do is pretty simple—we have our staff of teaching-artists bring in their beat machines or laptops (SP-404s, MPCs, Ableton, FL Studio, Logic etc.), we teach a short lesson on a musical or production concept, and then we just get right to making beats! Our program has the students create a beat tape by the end of the course, so we do a beat-cypher at the end of the class where all the students play their beat. Watching the kids step up and share their music is always inspiring, it’s like watching a really positive beat battle where everyone wins.
- When and where will the next workshop be?
Triton Bloom : We’ll be at Boyle Heights Youth Technology Center every Wednesday from 3-5pm until the beginning of the summer. This upcoming Wednesday (2/18/15) Jerry DiPhillippo from Ableton is gonna come in and teach a lesson—anyone who’s interested should definitely roll through!
- Who helped create Today's Future Sound with you?
Triton Bloom : Elliot Gann is the CEO/Founder of Today’s Future Sound, which is based in Oakland, CA. Today’s Future Sound is the product of him combining his PhD in Psychology with his love for making beats. He actually wrote his dissertation on the benefits of Therapeutic Hip Hop Activity Groups, and has been throwing Beat Battles in the Bay for the past decade. We’ve gone on all sorts of crazy adventures teaching/performing together in the South, New York, at Yale University, Canada, the Bay, and LA. I ended up moving back home to Los Angeles last year and have been working on starting Today’s Future Sound LA since.
- Any last details or shoutouts that you would like to make?
Triton Bloom : Shouts to Ableton for coming through to our workshop, shouts to Boyle Heights Youth Technology Center for providing an amazing space to teach, shouts to all my NorCal fam (RAW DATA, NMLS, Too Chill), and shouts to all the individuals in LA who have come out to volunteer or show love at our fundraisers.
You can catch more details about Today's Future Sound at the following links: