It is with great excitement that McNally Smith College of Music announces rising Twin Cities hip hop star MaLLy as its 2012 MIX Workshop Artist in Residence! Since 2007, MaLLY — a 26-year-old South Minneapolis native — has steadily built a rock solid profile amidst a highly competitive local and national hip-hop scene, exuding an enviable combination of raw talent, entrepreneurial skills and an tireless work ethic. In short, he’s exactly the kind of artist the students at McNally Smith’s 2012 MIX Workshop can learn a thing or two (or three or four) from. MaLLy will be doing everything from imparting pro advice to ensembles, to conducting a masterclass, to giving a rousing live performance to close out what will be an epic and educational week.
MaLLy on mentoring (from a 2011 interview with Beholder Media):
“I enjoy mentoring and being an artist because I believe there is a level of freedom and passion you can apply to a song, a conversation with a student who is looking for guidance and wants to develop in their career as opposed to sitting at a desk. Moral of the story is: Find something you love and stay active in that field or occupation. I promise it will take you places you never imagined.”
NOTE: McNally Smith is STILL ACCEPTING STUDENTS for this one-of-a-kind experience. The MIX Workshop runs from Tuesday, August 21–Sunday, August 26.
More about MaLLy:
Though he’s been at it for seven years, MaLLy truly burst onto the scene following his incendiary performance at Soundset 2011 — after which, Atmosphere’s Slug performed sporting a MaLLy & The Sundance Kid (MaLLy’s cohort and DJ) T-Shirt. The duo’s newest offering, 2012’s The Last Great… is an emphatic declaration of MaLLy’s ever-ascending emcee prowess.
More about McNally Smith’s 2012 MIX Workshop:
If you can’t be pinned down, check out the Music Industry eXperience (MIX) Workshop for hands-on advice and education toward making a life in music. You will work directly with McNally Smith faculty from all departments as well as a professional band-in-residence (previous artists have included Howler, No Bird Sing, and Maria Isa). Choose from three focuses: Performance, Recording Technology, or Music Business — each will offer valuable experience in the music industry. You’ll also travel to notable Twin Cities music destinations (previous Workshops have visited First Avenue [premier nightclub], Burlesque Design, and KMOJ radio station).
MIX Workshop Highlights:
- Artist-in-residency performances and clinics from Twin Cities rising stars, as well as McNally Smith’s award-winning faculty.
- Guest presentations from professionals in all areas of the music industry, including sound engineers, booking agents, advertising music specialists, and many more.
- A final outdoor concert where all three focuses are involved in presenting a great show. Business students stage manage, host and promote. Recording Technology students play the pieces they’ve been working on and performance focus students perform a short set.
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