Do you love to study music, and want to be inspired instead of just taught?

Grammy award winning musician Chilly Gonzales is hosting an all expense paid, 8-day musical workshop in France next April, where he plans to do just that.

Back for the First Time was Ludacris’ first major album, which released 17 years ago, on October 19, 2000. Patchwerk Recording Studios is proud to hold a Multi Platinum plaque commemorating more than 2,000,0000 sold copies of the trailblazing album. Since then it has gone up to 3,000,000 sold!

IdOMUSIC Correspondent Courtney M. (LightSkinGlamGeek) is a songwriter and composer. She currently works with the marketing team for Patchwerk's Weekend Werkshops and is an active member of the Recording Academy. This is a recent post highlighting rising Toronto artist LaToya Jane.

Courtney's questions will be in bolded italic. Featured artist LaToya Jane will be in plain Tahoma text. In this interview, you will discover more about her EP "Grown", what inspired her the change her style, why music makes her feel free, and what's the next big trend in Canada. Read below for more and follow artists from North America & Canada on IdOMUSIC NORTH (Twitter/Instagram).

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In case you've been living in a cave with a weak hotspot understand Spotify is pretty much dominating the streaming game. Details leaked to Digital News reported Spotify has crossed 150 million active users worldwide. At the end of July the platform officially crossed the 60 million mark.

Atlanta is in for a treat Friday, August 25th for the Red Bull Culture Clash hosted on 787 Windsor Street SW in Atlanta, Georgia. At last year's UK battle, Jamaican emcee Popcaan won the clash with a wicked dub by Drake for smash single "One Dance". This year, for the first time ever in the states, Popcaan will make his American debut on stage representing his crew Unruly. The Culture Clash, a mash up of music-makers from Jamaica, Canada, UK, and America, will feature four unique crews battling to win over an audience of avid music fans. There is sure to be some tension in the room as the top crew leaders compete for the crown. Who will conquer the crowd with the most boombastic sound?

Red Bull Music Academy wrote a descriptive article on the power of Patchwerk and their influence on the South. 

During the late 90's and early 2000's Patchwerk was the nucleus of Southern Hip-Hop, providing the DNA for Atlanta's music culture. The studio continues to create a reputation for producing the highest quality mixes and mastered singles throughout the South and to the world.
Their structure was built upon having that sound that made people come back for more. The ambiance, technology, and space made it a hotbed for Hip-Hop's hit records. The biggest collaborations happened because Patchwerk was a musical home for many. Producers, artists, A&R's and engineers agreed that Patchwerk helped establish the site for some of greatest compositions in their 22 year history.
The studio went above and beyond to cater to the needs of artists and set themselves apart by providing the optimal space for emerging and mainstream artists alike. The vision set by Bob Whitfield and Curtis Daniel back in California came into fruition once they set their mind to producing music for their friend Ras Kass, who ended up being the first artist signed to their record label. Later the label developed into a studio, opening its doors to a roster of talent such as Ludacris, Lil Jon, and Outkast.
Patchwerk Studios, 2016 Maxwell Schiano
 
You have to mention Patchwerk when you call out the best facility in the South making an impact on the music industry. Patchwerk Recording Studios is known to record timeless music.
 Jeezy, Gucci, T.I, Rick Ross, and Akon all have vested interest in the studio's longevity and legacy. Some of the best albums were recorded, mixed and mastered there. 
You need proof? Come see for yourself in a FREE studio tour. The doors are open for visitors between 11am-1pm daily. It's a little bit of magic that you have to experience for yourself.
Read more on the Red Bull Feature here and schedule your next studio visit by calling the studio at 404.874.9880.

The temperature is cooling down in Atlanta bringing a lot more people to the city, including artists from around the country out to perform. Musical events including One Music Fest, A3C, Music Midtown and more are all happening in Atlanta this year as fall rolls around.

August is a month for planning and executing the blueprint for the Fall. We are entering the last quarter of the year and as we start to take tally of our wins and losses there is an important question to answer: "What is next for me?"

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