The New York city skyline came to life on the top floor of Red Bull’s HQ in Sydney last week in a celebration of the past, present, and future of the Red Bull Music Academy, which lands in New York City in April 2013.
The star of the show was Madrid 2011 graduate Jesse Boykins III, who with fellow New York resident MeLo-X showcased the future soul sounds of their Zulu Guru long-player on Ninja Tune alongside material dating back to 2008’s Tabloids.
MeLo then stepped forward from behind the decks and brought a Brooklyn block party feel to the party, moving through tracks from the likes of Biggie Smalls and The Weeknd before Jesse re-joined him for an encore of Lana Del Rey’s Video Games.
The night’s entertainment was topped and tailed by Australia’s RBMA 2013 participants, Julien Love laying down a smooth selection of disco and house on warm up, then Kloke showcasing some of his recent bass music concoctions to close.
While the music flowed freely from on stage, Sydney’s media and music people got a taste of New York City as the manhattans, macaroni cheese, pretzels and pizza flowed just as freely.
The night might be over, but the NYC apartment buildings, subway signs, and bright neon lights of the big city will remain until the next invitation goes out to visit the ‘Big City of Dreams’.
Flying in from 29 countries and six continents, 62 participants will attend RBMA in New York City from April 28 to May 31, 2013.