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Meet Our New Instructor: Kareem Clarke

Introducing the newest member of the Mmmmaven team: DJ and producer, Kareem Clarke!

New York native, Kareem Clarke, has been a musician for most of his life. He got started in music at age 13 by growing his music chops in church and through private lessons. Most of his musical knowledge at the time came from teaching himself by ear. Kareem always had an interest in DJing, but didn’t pursue it until college. He attended Lafayette College where he studied engineering with a concentration in construction management. During his college days, Kareem DJ’d almost every party the school had for three years. After school, he moved back to New York and got a job in real estate and continued to DJ on the side. Kareem decided he wanted to be more immersed in music so he bought Ableton, quit his job, and moved to Valencia, Spain to study music at Berklee College of Music. Kareem spent two years in Valencia and got two Master’s Degrees; one in Music Business and one in Music Production Technology and Innovation. While he was in Valencia, he made a name for himself as a DJ by holding residencies and playing many gigs.

Along with teaching at Mmmmaven, Kareem is currently a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston and runs his own record label called Digital Den Records.

There are a couple of aliases that Kareem has used throughout his musical career. kTunes is his DJ name and Tony Clarke is his producer name. I asked him to tell me the story behind both of these names and here’s what he had to say:

When I started spinning, I went with the name DJ kTunes because I wanted to play all kinds of music you could find in your iTunes (or want in your iTunes after hearing me). As a producer I decided to have a different name, Tony Clarke which is my middle name and was my dads name. I really just go by Tony Clarke now.

As a DJ, Kareem plays mostly open format sets ranging from hip hop to house to edm and more. His biggest influence as a DJ is A-trak. When it comes to producing, Kareem primarily produces house and dance music, but he is venturing out into the hip hop and pop realm as of recently. His biggest producer influences are Deadmau5, Detroit Swindle, Kaytranada and Nacho Marco.

I consider Nacho a mentor, he released my first single with my trio Decatree.

 

Listen to some of Kareem’s music below:

 

Want to see Kareem play a DJ set? Catch him at the Mmmmaven House Party at Hojoko in Boston on Saturday, April 22! Come in for one of their signature dishes, a designer cocktail, and some great house music.

4/22/17 @ 10PM

FREE

Posted by: Tori Leche

#MakeItNew Mix Series #2: DJ Matt McNeill

DJ Matt McNeill is a member of the Create Space Collab, Boston’s long-running House and Techno collective that specializes in bringing underground music to various venues in Boston. Find all their events on Facebook here (punch that subscribe button!).

Whether it’s their ongoing Sweet Shop series at the Good Life in Downtown Crossing or their new Elastic events, they always bring a uniquely authentic vibe.

Which brings us to #MakeItNew Mix Series #2… This week we’re collaborating with the crew to bring Project Pablo to the Middlesex Lounge and CSC resident DJ Matt McNeill has dropped this luxuriously deep mix to celebrate:

Come early and stay late!

Make It New with Project Pablo (1080p)
with special guest Matt Mcneill (CSC/Sweet Shop)
Thursday March 30, 2017
9pm / 21+
$10 before 11pm

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Trip Report Releases “Take My Heart” in Advance of #MakeItNew Appearance

This week at Make It New, we are featuring Boston’s own producer and DJ Trip Report. To honor the event, Trip Report released a new original song on his Bandcamp, “Take My Heart.”

One remix comes from our very own Ableton instructor Mitchell Owens, aka Subalias. The remix brings some dark vibes to the dancefloor. Pick it up! It’s just one buck!

A second remix comes from another Mmmmaven associate: Wigzen.

Come celebrate this week! The cover is just 5 dollars before 11pm.

#MakeItNew Mix Series #1: Coralcola

Welcome to the Make It New mix series. We’ll be regularly cataloging the sounds we feature each and every Thursday (and have been for 13 years!). Are you on Facebook and want to stay informed? Go here and click that “subscribe button.”

Coralcola came on board as a resident a few years ago now, and has been holding down opening slots and featured resident night mixes with authority. Here he is laying down two hours of slow-mo, chugging grooves in anticipation of the debut of Antal at Make It New. A night that will not soon be forgotten.

Don’t miss another one!

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