At Dub Academy, our mission is to empower young minds through innovative electronic music education.
To be able to consistently deliver our mission, we rely on a wide variety of funding sources including grants, private donations, fundraisers, and more. We know that not everyone is financially capable of supporting our work, but there are a few quick and easy things that you can do to support Dub Academy that don’t require making a donation (however, we are more than happy to receive financial contributions, just head over to our Donate page). Please take the time today to help us to continue to do our work and develop an even bigger presence in the community. For more information or to donate or volunteer, email us.
Here are just a few ways that you can help:
1. Purchase a "You Maqui Me Crazy" smoothie at Juiceland in August:
The smoothies are all priced under $10, and make for a great, healthy treat on a hot day. Read more about the health benefits of raspberries, bananas, maqui, and more of the ingredients that make up this smoothie. And be sure you snatch it up during the month of August, because 50% of the proceeds go straight to Dub Academy!
2. Vote for us in the SXSW Panel Picker:
After a great time interacting with educators at the 2015 SXSW Edu conference, we’ve submitted a panel idea for the SXSW Edu conference in 2016, and public votes count for 30% of the total selection score. Participating in the 2016 conference would be a huge opportunity to further introduce Dub Academy to the world, thus increasing our community impact. Sure, you have to create a login on the SXSW site, but then you get all of the up-to-date SX news in your inbox. Or just unsubscribe.
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3. Designate us as beneficiaries when you shop on Amazon:
OK, so maybe this one does require you to spend some money, but if you’re already buying yourself a new book, some music, or a year’s supply of toilet paper with that Prime account, a percentage of what you spend should get kicked back somewhere, right? To designate Dub Academy, shop through the Smile.Amazon.com link, then choose Dub Academy as your beneficiary.
4. Donate goods:
There are always a few things that Dub Academy needs to help keep things running; not having to spend money on them means that we can put more money into our programs. We always have a need for things like office supplies (printer ink, printer paper, dry erase boards, batteries, etc), bottled water and snacks, and gently used DJ and production gear and Mac products that we can use when we take our show on the road to let kiddos try things out. Email us if you have something to donate!
Very often your time is just as valuable as your money, and Dub Academy has plenty of ways that you can share your time to help the music community. We are currently looking for volunteers for street teamers, event tablers, fundraising professionals (especially grant writers and reviewers), PR professionals/bloggers, and administrative help. Shoot us an email for a full job description.
6. Host a Fundraiser:
As a small non-profit, raising funds can be a somewhat difficult, and that's where we can really use help from our friends and supporters. Have a great idea for a fundraiser? We would love to hear about it and help out. In the past we've had events hosted by Jackie Venson and $3 Shows, as well as private fundraisers hosted by individuals amongst their friends.
7. Follow, Friend, Share, etc:
As a young, innovative organization, we’re naturally on pretty much all of the social networks. Be sure to link up with us on Facebook (we have a Social account, a Business page, a Studio page, and a Community group), Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Spotify, and Soundcloud. You can also check out our weekly event picks on our Do512 All Star page. Tell your friends about us, share our posts, and forward this newsletter on to someone who might be interested in what Dub Academy does. Thanks for spreading the love!
Join us this Sunday, August 16, as we say farewell to summer (but unfortunately not summer temperatures) and welcome in the fall semester. From 4-6pm at Exploded Records (inside Juiceland on Duval), our DJ 102 summer camp students will be showing off what they learned at camp this year during their final performance. A few of our seasoned students will be there to help get the party going, as well. It's also a great way to meet some of our instructors, and any teens that sign up for fall classes at the event receive 10% off their registration! Speaking of discounts, Exploded Records will also have 15% off almost everything in the store from 3-6pm, so it's a great time to stock up on some vinyl.
And while you're there, be sure to try the "You Maqui Me Crazy" smoothie (learn more about the great ingredients in this smoothie in the previous blog post)-50% of proceeds from the sale of this smoothie go straight to Dub Academy's youth programs!
When it comes to juice, all Austinites know the place to be is Juiceland. Along with their awesome selection of juices and ingredients comes an awesome business filled with caring people.
Thanks to Juiceland, any time you go into any of their Austin locations this month and order the “You Maqui Me Crazy,” 50% of the profits will go towards Dub Academy as part of their Feel Good, Do Good campaign. So why would you want to drink this juice? Here are a few reasons:
Raspberries – Raspberries are a great source of Vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber.
Bananas- Not only chock full of potassium, but bananas have also been found to help with depression, counteract calcium loss, and even improves the quality of your blood.
Watermelon- It’s the best part of summer for some, and helps keep you active during the hot months by strengthening that immune system up. Besides making you invulnerable to the elements, watermelon also helps prevent constipation as well as keeping you hydrated and full of electrolytes.
Mint- With its strong and refreshing aroma, mint is often used as an effective treatment for not only bad breath, but nausea as well. The aroma from the mint has also been found to clear up sinuses.
Maqui Berries- It’s been a common ingredient in juices, now even in capsules and supplement powders, Maqui berries offer a wide range of benefits. Relieving high blood pressure, aiding with arthritis pains, and lowering the body’s cholesterol levels are what can be expected from this powerful little berry.
Flax Meal- Flax meal, also known as flax seed, is the driving force of fiber in this awesome, juicy concoction. Along with the dietary aid the fiber brings, flax meal helps with hypertension, as well as lowering the possibility and spread of melanoma tumors.
The “You Maqui Me Crazy” is available in three sizes priced at $4.50/$5.75/$7.50, and again with each purchase Dub Academy will receive 50% of the profits! With every other sip you take, you are contributing to the artists of tomorrow. Find locations and store hours on the Juiceland website, and keep an eye on our social media as we taste test the new smoothie!
Dub Academy will also be at the Juiceland on Duval from 3-6pm on August 16 for our DJ summer camp graduation. Be sure to check out our special smoothie when you come for the performance!
We have quite the staff here at Dub Academy. From teachers to producers, administrators to assistants, and some truly amazing interns. This month we’d like to shed some light on one of our very talented teachers, Payton Long.
DA: Alright Payton, just a quick intro, how old are you and how long have you been a DJ?
PL: I am 20-years-old, been DJing for 8. I’ve been a professional DJ for 4.
DA: How long have you been here in Austin?
PL: 12 years
DA: What’s some of your history as a DJ for someone so young?
PL: My first gig was at Kingdom when I was only 16. Since then I have been playing shows at Vulcan, Empire, and a lot at Kingdom. But here lately I have been doing a lot of more production work and house parties. Like every other human being I like getting paid, haha.
DA: What other kind of projects are you working on?
PL: I just started working over at ORB production studio, I work on a client by client basis, purely raw creative work. Working there I have gotten to work with a lot of traditional instrumentalists. You can just walk into the room and feel their creativity; it makes the music making process very honest. I also have my own mixing and mastering pursuits, on a more solo note, and also music consulting. I am trying to land a job now with a fashion company with that. I guess my focus is publishing and commercial music, you know, the kind of music that makes money!
DA: How long have you been at Dub Academy?
PL: I have been with Dub Academy for 3 years now.
DA: What do you do here?
PL: Along with the DJ classes, I teach Ableton as well. I also helped write the Maschine curriculum and the Mixing and Mastering curriculum. I’d say my specialty is Ableton.
DA: So you have been here a while then, what’s your favorite memory so far?
PL: I won’t go into too much detail on the ‘how crazy’ part. But this past year at one of our Dub Academy SXSW parties I was thrown into a DJ set at the last minute. It started out as a relatively slow and empty floor, but thanks to the rain and a long line across the street, and of course my awesome set, the floor was banging in a matter of minutes. Everyone was having a great time.
DA: Who are some of the bigger names or people from around the area that you have worked with?
PL: KJ Hines, D’shaun from San Antonio, a local named QuiSTAR, and Matt Novesky from Blue October, he basically controls my life right now. He’s the owner of ORB studio, I signed to him and his studio just recently. A lot of the guys Matt brings in do rock music, so I have gotten to meet some really famous members from rock bands, that at the time, I had no idea who they were.
DA: What’s the biggest Ableton project you’ve done?
PL: The nature of my job is to make beats and write music, all in a timely manner. A lot of the time whatever it is I’m trying to do happens to come with an audience. Like when I’m in the studio, there’s always people watching me work. When I use that software in front of those people, Ableton almost feels like an extension of myself. I am so comfortable in front of people and with working quickly, it has helped make my job easier for me. It’s like on demand, whoever wants it in front of me that’s in the room.
DA: What else do you do in your spare time?
PL: I like to drive and fix cars, I drive mine and it’s in a constant state of being fixed. I also like to collect clothes. I don’t buy enough or spend enough on them to say that I’m that into fashion, but I have a nice collection of nice things. I also eat a lot of good food, basically all my money goes to clothes, food, and cars.
DA: In your experiences with Dub Academy, have you seen it make an impact on the youth at all?
PL: It’s happened on a bunch of levels. It’s cool teaching public school programs and getting to set examples outside of the education system. I’m not someone telling them what to do, or how to do it, but helping them learn about what they want. I’m not saying screw the system to them either and not telling them to DJ instead and not get a job. I’m showing kids that as an adult you can do what you want and enjoy doing it.
DA: What are the most rewarding moments for you?
PL: Whenever I see kids I taught or people I have helped out participating in beat battles or DJ competitions, sometimes I even compete against them. I still crush them, but it’s cool seeing kids you helped grow and become better artists.
We’ve had a very busy summer around Dub Academy, with over 160 students coming through the Dub Academy doors to learn about music, science, and technology, and another 125 students at off-site camps and programs where we brought the fun to them.
We kicked off the summer of 2015 at the X Games, as we DJed and had fun with festival-goers as they entered COTA for a weekend of extreme sports. We turned a few classic Tech Decks into MIDI controllers and let the budding musicians have some fun, and we DJed for our friends at Breakdance Austin as they entertained the crowds.
Our summer programs started with a great week of summer camp fun with the girls at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. These young ladies learned about DJing, music production, and got into some of the science of music, including coding using music thanks to the Sonic Pi software and Dub Academy’s fantastic intern, Mitch. They wrapped up their camp week with a final performance at a public graduation at Juiceland, as some of our DJ 102 students from the school year graduated alongside them.
Job shadowing was certainly popular this summer; once students’ days weren’t filled with school, they had the opportunity to do some career exploration. We resumed our annual summer partnership with Communities in Schools and had approximately 20 teens come in to learn what a day in the life of a music non-profit looked like. E4 Youth also sent some students over for job shadowing through their Shadow the Pros program, which wrapped up with a special presentation at McGarrah Jesse on July 29.
Our wonderful friends at The Thinkery got us outside of our comfort zones this summer as they brought busloads of 1st through 5th graders to the school to learn about MIDI and music tinkering for a few field trips. We typically serve students in middle and high school, so hosting these little ones made for a pretty fun and interesting afternoon. Our instructors were called magicians by the kiddos, and many of them begged for the MIDI controller to make a fart noise instead of the standard airhorn. Those will certainly be field trips that we won’t soon forget!
Off-site we spent time with the Side by Side Kids Camp, teaching mini-DJ lessons to their excited students. We also had the awesome opportunity to present our MIDI science lessons to the students of the Mother Falcon Music Camp, where students learning classic and rock instruments learned how technology could open up a whole other world of music for them.
We’ve also had our best summer yet for the summer camps that we host at the school; we had a diverse array of students come to camps to learn DJ 101, DJ 102, Ableton, and Maschine. One of our students even came all the way from Quebec! We still have a few summer camps finishing up in August, so if you’ve been waiting until the last minute, we still have some space. Give us a call at 512.600.2144 or email email@example.com to enroll.
Finally, in addition to all of the teaching elements, we got to have a little fun with some of our friends and community partners. We DJed at July’s Thinkery 21 event (and we’ll be there again for their August event), had some of our students and instructors perform at the Mischief Magazine Ice Cream Sundays event, and made some new friends at the Austin Chronicle cookout.
Summer 2015 was by far our best summer to date, and we are so excited to do even more this fall! Be sure to keep up to date with what we’re doing by following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. And if you’d like to help support our programs, please feel free to make a donation.
Thank you for your support of Dub Academy’s mission to empower young minds through innovative electronic music education.
Here at Dub Academy, we encourage any and all ages to sign up for classes. So why not bring a friend? Or better yet, why not a family member?
This summer we were lucky enough to be joined by the father-and-son team of Mark and August Herron. Mark joined his son, August, during one of his many classroom experiences here at Dub Academy. We caught up with the DJ-duo to ask them about the experience that they shared together…
DA: How old are you two and what do you do outside of the Dub Academy experience?
M: I’m 39, a photographer, designer and co-own Sukha Yoga where I also teach yoga.
A: I am 11 and heading into 6th grade. We spend a lot of time out at the greenbelt in addition to searching for new music.
DA: How did you guys find out about Dub Academy? Whose idea was it to take a class together?
M: Dub Academy has been around and just through word of mouth and being out and about we found out about it.
A: I wanted my Dad to take it with me since he loves music.
DA: What class(es) did you take?
M: I jumped into the (DJ) 102 - second level.
A: I took the (DJ) 101 and 102. I’m getting ready to take the Ableton Class!
DA: What was your favorite part of your Dub Academy experience?
M: Spending time with my son and watching him grow and learn.
A: Figuring out all the things my controller can do and hanging with my Dad.
DA: Do you think Dub Academy is great for anyone at any age?
M: I think it is great if the student has a desire to learn.
A: Yes, I thought it was great.
DA: Who are your favorite DJs?
M: I like everyone, from old school Little Louie Vega to Norman Cook. Tiesto is still putting out great stuff. I also appreciate some of the newer producer/djs like Kaskade; they put on great live sets.
A: I like Dead Mau5, Kaskade, Zedd, and Calvin Harris.
If you, a friend, or family member are interested in taking a class together, please visit our website for more information on class dates and times.
Laurie Lyons is Dub Academy's Assistant Director. A graduate of University of Texas and Full Sail University, she has over ten years of experience working for non-profits and after school programs. In addition to her work at Dub Academy, she is also a blogger, mom to four dogs, and an active participant in Austin's music and social scene.