A Soundtrack for Spiritual Awakening

Jon Hopkins makes gentle music with hidden depths.

Celebrated music writer Kelefa Sanneh reviews Jon Hopkins new album Singularity for the New Yorker. Mr. Hopkins was the first artist we collaborated on bringing to Boston five years ago.

[Singularity] is both the gentlest and the most epic of Hopkins’s career. — Kelefa Sanneh

Sanneh talks about Hopkins‘ early on being “seduced by the Roland TB-303,” how Singularity signaled his transition from Logic into Ableton, and which Spotify playlists he comes up on.

As an inspiration for our school, and for many of our students, Hopkins’ release is something to celebrate to be sure. After the 6 years and 7 months (!!) since we brought the acclaimed producer to Great Scott, we’re happy to see him remain

one of the most celebrated musicians of his generation

and be

one of music’s great minds operating in peak form.

Start your musical journey today: polina@mmmmaven.com.

Jon Hopkins Performs at The Sinclair

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To a nearly full house, U.K. electronic producer Jon Hopkins brought his award-winning sound to The Sinclair on Sunday night for his 2013 LP “Immunity” tour. To see photos of the concert via Ben Stas of BDCWire click here.

His unique performance showcases his ability to build his beats from nothing. His set up consists of four sound modulators, in which he moves back and forth from, layering sounds.

“I think it’s important for the audience to see some activity,” Hopkins said, “and have a visceral relation with what I’m doing onstage and what they’re hearing.” Hopkins stated in his interview with The Boston Globe.

You can see Jon Hopkins brilliance at work in this live performance at KCRW:

Hopkins, 34, is a trained classical pianist, and for a while considered pursuing a career as a classical pianist but eventually decided against it. When he was 14, he got his first computer and started programming MIDI. At age 15, with the money he earned from winning piano competitions, he bought a low-level professional Roland synth, and on this he began creating his first full-length electronic compositions.His productions are a mix of organic and synthetic sounds, his sound design and style is truly unique. Eventually his career evolved into performing keyboard for Imogen Heap, and he has produced or contributed to albums by Brian EnoColdplayDavid Holmes.

On Rob Da Bank’s Radio 1 show, visiting musicians are given the task of creating their own ringtones and phone alerts, Hopkins contribution is perhaps the most beautiful sound to wake up to:

We are proud to say that one of Mmmmaven’s Coralcola and Baltimoroder have played shows with Jon Hopkins.

Needless to say, Coralcola was psyched (“Kinda in heaven right now”):

If you are interested in learning how to produce Electronic Music or learn the DJ skills to play shows and make albums like Jon Hopkins, visit our Mmmmaven courses page to see what courses we offer.

Update with Jon Hopkins

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Based on the reports coming back from Barcelona via Sonar, Jon Hopkins’ new live set is something special. There were talks of people openly crying with the power of his emotional electronics. This Instagram video (from Jesssicaa) is only the beginning (literally):

Mr. Hopkins is coming to The Sinclair, Sunday July 13th (tickets are available here) with The Range in tow.

Let’s catch up with Jon. First off, a brand-new, released today remix from Apparat (who also astonished at Sonar):

Now listen in on as he talks about the method to his madness on BBC Radio’s very popular Zane Lowe radio show.

(Become one of Zane’s 661,000 followers by clicking here.)

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His previous appearance at The Sinclair was reviewed by Ben Stas at Tastemakers magazine:

Hopkins seemed to develop a rapport with the audience not always seen at electronic shows. He had no mic, but convened his appreciation to an adoring crowd via whatever smiles or short bows he could fit in between button presses. He certainly earned that adoration with a dynamic and engrossing set to close out the night.

Bonus mix! Jon is being supported by one-time Providence resident The Range. Here’s a set from his recent appearance on NTS Radio:

NTS 19/2/2014 w/ Special Guests The Range & They Call Me Raptor by You’ll Soon Know on Mixcloud

Now repeat after me: “I want to see this show on July 13th.”

Or be like Jon and introduce your musical mind to a powerful program called Ableton.

Welcome to #summmmer

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It’s bright, shiny and warm. It’s Summer! Remember summer?

We’re here to bring you a series of hit after hit after hit. Whether it’s at our club night called #MakeItNew or venues as proper as The Sinclair. Some serious business is going down in Cambridge this season.

THURSDAY JUNE 19TH //// #MAKEITNEW WITH GEORGE FITZGERALD

THURSDAY JUNE 26TH //// #MAKEITNEW WITH GALCHER LUSTWERK

THURSDAY JULY 3RD //// #MINDEPENDANCE DAY WITH TODD EDWARDS

SUNDAY JULY 13TH //// JON HOPKINS LIVE AT THE SINCLAIR

THURSDAY JULY 17TH //// #MAKEITNEW WITH MATTHEW DEAR (DJ SET)

THURSDAY JULY 24TH //// #MAKEITNEW WITH EFDEMIN

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