Black Artist Database and Ableton to hold free production masterclasses for Black artists next month

AceMo, Kessler, Suzi Analogue, Zvrra, and Ableton-certified trainer Mel Uye-Parker will be teaching the classes.

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Black Artist Database has partnered with Ableton for a series of free production masterclasses for Black artists worldwide.

The program runs from February through May, and features classes taught by AceMo, Kessler, Suzi Analogue, Zvrra, and Ableton-certified trainer Mel Uye-Parker.

AceMo will give a production seminar first on 22 February. Following that, Kessler will teach Drum Programming & Creative Production Techniques in Ableton Live 11 on 15 March before Suzi Analogue takes on The Art of the Remix/Flipping Tracks Like Suzi Analogue on 19 April.

The final session, How To Make Techno Music by Zvrra, will be held on 3 May.

The masterclasses are free with registration by 14 February at 5pm GMT, though there are only 300 spots available per class. Beginners are welcome, however, as no previous production experience is required to join.

Successful registrants will be notified by 18 February.

This is the second round of masterclasses Black Artist Database has held in partnership with Ableton. The first series was held in October 2021, and featured classes by rRoxymore, Loraine James, KMRU, and Russell E.L. Butler.

Black Artist Database (formerly known as Black Bandcamp) is a community-based platform dedicated to supporting Black artists worldwide, allowing artists to register profiles and promote events. It is run by a team of volunteers and paid administrators across four continents, and has previously organised the A Celebration of Black Culture event featuring Lakuti and Tash LC at The Colour Factory in Hackney Wick, London.