LA-based hip-hop producer and musician Thavius Beck will be coming to WCU to give a workshop on electronic music production on Advising Day, Tuesday, February 24 at 2:00 pm in the Student Media Center (Old Student Union). Sponsored by WCAT and Student Media, the event will include demonstrations of various production software, tips and tricks from a practicing producer and a Q&A session. Immediately following, there will be individual critiques of student work.
Thavius Beck has put out two solo albums on Mush Records, a free solo album online, an album as one half of the group Subtitle and several albums under the moniker of Adlib, in addition to producing and remixing a plethora of various other projects. Over the years he has worked with names such as Nas, Saul Williams, The Mars Volta and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. He is sponsored by audio gear manufacturer M-Audio and has been asked to demo Ableton Live software at the previous two NAMM conferences, the largest audio gear trade show in the world.
There will be a limited amount of seats available for the workshop, so please e-mail asap Katherine Smith at smithK@email.wcu.edu to reserve your seat. There will also be a very limited number of slots for individual critiques of student production work, to be held immediately after the general workshop, so please e-mail asap to reserve your slot for that as well. During this portion, students should bring a few examples of their production work and any specific questions they want answered.
Thavius Beck recently finished production on “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” the new album from Mush Records label-mate K-the-I???, an MC of extraordinary talent. At the end of January, Thavius Beck and K-the-I??? kicked off their tour of Europe to support the new release, as well as Thavius Beck’s soon to be released third solo album, with a month of shows across Europe. In late February they will both be flying back from abroad to Western North Carolina to kick off their US tour with a show at WCU and two other WNC dates.
On Monday, February 23 at 8:00 pm in Club Illusions (no classes Tuesday), Thavius Beck and K-the-I??? will be joined by local electronic music acts Kinjac, Everflaw, DJ Elibot and DJ A Bliss Abyss to create an entire evening of electronic sounds, from trance to hip-hop and everything in between. The free show is sponsored by Last Minute Productions, the Student Government Association and Student Media and is brought to you by the WCU division of student affairs.
Following the show at WCU and the Production Workshop, Thavius Beck and K-the-I??? will continue the first leg of their US tour with a show in Asheville, NC at The Garage at Biltmore on Tuesday, February 24 and a show in Boone, NC at The Dragonfly Theatre on Thursday, February 26. During the WNC portion of their tour they will be joined by local musician and WCU student Kinjac.