Red Bull Music Academy picks an Australian participant for 2012

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In 2012, the Red Bull Music Academy is going to New York, bringing together like-minded producers, DJs, vocalists and composers in one of the world’s leading creative cities. Each year, and Australian participant is chosen, and this time the honour is going to Melbourne beatmaker Andy Donnelly, aka Kloke. The producer’s excursions in the realm between techno and dubstep have found favour with Dutch impresario Martyn and others. Now Kloke’s getting the chance to win more of his peers over.

“I honestly didn’t think I was RBMA material,” he says. “It’s sunk in that I’ve been accepted but I’m still finding it hard to imagine actually being there. I’ve watched all the RBMA lecture videos from past years and heard stuff from people I know who’ve been previous participants so I know roughly what goes on, but I’d rather not go with any specific expectations. With regards to New York itself I’m definitely looking forward to doing some serious record shopping!”

The list of the Academy’s graduates speaks for itself, with some notable names being Hudson Mohawke, Katy B, Flying Lotus and Onra. Past Australian participants include Lorna Clarkson, DJ Cubist, Becky ‘Sui Zhen’ Freeman & Andras Fox, and Phoebe Kiddo, who coined the 2011 event “a school camp for gifted mutants”. Kloke is set to join that school camp very soon. To give you an insight into his sound, have a listen to this Kloke set we’ve just uploaded to ITM-FM, made up entirely of his own studio handiwork.