H∆SHTAG$, Season I

From Baroque harpsichords to digital audio workstations, technology has consistently shaped the sounds and styles of the music itself. But what happens when music outgrows the physical realm? As YouTube playlists, Soundcloud links, and Tumblr memes are becoming the dietary norm – what happens when the Internet comes of age, and so too does a generation of musicians who have grown up online? H∆SHTAG$ is a series of mini-documentaries that wrestles with some of these questions, going from the URL to the IRL and shedding light on some of the most fascinating music emerging from the digital ether, from Mount Kimbie and Miguel to Academy grads Flying Lotus and TNGHT.

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H∆SHTAG$ - Don't Call It #AltRnB - Episode 1

Featuring Miguel, How To Dress Well, former half of The Weeknd, Jeremy ‘Zodiac’ Rose, Rochelle Jordan, KLSH and BadBadNotGood as well as journalists and bloggers Melissa Bradshaw (The Quietus), Erik Kirtley (Indie R&B) and Alex Macpherson (The Guardian).

H∆SHTAG$ - Don't Call It #PostDubstep - Episode 2

Featuring Mount Kimbie, Praveen Sharma and Machinedrum of Sepalcure, Bondax and Deadboy as well as Dave Hayes of Soundcloud, Thristian bPM of Boiler Room, Tom Lea of FACT Magazine and Andrew Ryce of Resident Advisor.

H∆SHTAG$ - Don't Call It #CloudRap - Episode 3

Featuring Main Attrakionz, Flatbush Zombies, Robb Bank$, SpaceGhostPurrp and Piff Gang alongside noted journalists and bloggers like Femi Obasaju from Okayplayer and Rinse FM's Lily Mercer.

H∆SHTAG$ - Don't Call It #Beats - Episode 4

Featuring Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Lunice, The Gaslamp Killer, Shlohmo, Benji B, Dorian Concept and XXYYXX, with XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo.

H∆SHTAG$ - Don't Call It #Tumblrwave - Episode 5

Featuring Le1f, Kilo Kish and seapunk founders Zombelle and Ultrademon alongside Daniel Dodecahedron (BlackBlackGold/GucciGoth), Milly McMahon from i-D Magazine and Tumblr’s Nate Auerbach.

H∆SHTAG$ - Don't Call It #BlogPop - Episode 6

Featuring AlunaGeorge, Charli XCX, Red Bull Music Academy class of ’10 Katy B, Teengirl Fantasy, Blood Diamonds and noted journalist Ruth Saxelby of Dummy.

By Red Bull Music Academy on March 13, 2013

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