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Free DJ Workshop: Open Format Djing @ Mmmmaven
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What is a Genre?
The Advantages of Open-Format DJing
Using Key and Tonality to arrange your set.
Setting points in the songs to mix into different genres.
Building open-format sets that will engage a crowd from start to finish.

Big Bear – DJ, Event Producer, Filmmaker (Boston, MA)

Brian “Big Bear” Karanja is a Boston-based DJ, Event Producer and
Filmmaker from Nairobi, Kenya. He began DJing over 7 years ago after
falling in love with art right out high school. He’s first love, hip
hop, helped him develop his skills on the turntables while DJing
everything from family events to friend’s weddings. Now that his love
for music has expanded into various genres, Big Bear’s sound has grown
into what can be described as an international vibe. The sound that he
has developed has taken him far to showcase his skills. Having DJ’d
in various cities in different countries and for crowds that range
from the intimate to the enormous.

Big Bear now represents a group of creatives from different
backgrounds named CLLCTV BOSTON. Together they are looking to foster
and document the creative culture in Boston. They created “The Wave
Boston”, a once-month dance party held during the day, which was
awarded 2015’s Best of Boston – Best Dance Party by Boston Magazine.
Through CLLCTV BOSTON, Big Bear is looking to help show Boston’s
creative and cool side to it’s citizens and the outside world.

Big Bear is also a resident DJ at Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, MA;
and a resident DJ at A// Good (Pronounced All Good), a once-a-month
dance party held at Good Life Bar in Boston, MA.

You can find more info about Big Bear at

Introduction to Sound Sampling and Synthesis @ Mmmmaven
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In this workshop we are going to learn about the different ways we can create sounds. There are many different kinds of sounds between real instruments, samples, and synthesized sounds. We will utilize Ableton Live’s tools to discuss the basics of how to cover each style of sound you could use.
We will start with covering the difference between synthesized and sampled sounds. We will cover four basic sound waves and where each has its use in a commercial track. From there, we will cover sound sampling using Ableton Live’s Simpler and Sampler, give a rundown of the different techniques that exist for utilizing sampled sounds, and we will cover basic effects as well. Finally, we will cover basic mixing techniques to add power and clarity to sounds, along with how to get sounds to sit well together.
At the end of this workshop you will have a basic understanding of how to create and fit sounds into your tracks. So let’s do it!
About the Instructor:


Justin Maribito is an electronic music producer, singer, DJ and audio engineer from Boston. His passion for music stems from a young age, and he transferred this passion into music production in college after realizing how much can be made “in the box” with software. Justin was never a strong instrumentalist (though he plays guitar, bass and piano), so electronic music gave him the ability to express the rhythms and melodies that are always playing in his head.
While he works in many different genres, Justin is mostly interested in creating hard-hitting and vocal-driven melodic dubstep that fuses essences of alternative and post-hardcore rock music. He is always pushing to innovate with his sound which he calls NuBass. He is relentless in finding new and unique ways to explore music, both in production, mixing/mastering, and exposure.
Mmmmaven Graduation Party 6/12 [Free] @ Good Life Boston
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 13 @ 12:00 am
Mmmmaven Graduation Party 6/12 [Free] @ Good Life Boston | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

On Monday, June 12th, Mmmmaven will graduate yet another class of artists to join ranks with Boston’s finest DJs. For two months, these students have been giving it all they’ve got. They’ve learned the tricks of the mix, now all they need is an audience.

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