A local music producer is looking to share his love and knowledge of creating music with community members by hosting a series of music production classes in the summer.
Adam Kovacs, known online as “Beaufort Beats”, said he got the idea to teach music production after receiving a number of technical questions from Inuvik residents, such as how to record drums, how to master a song and how to mix two songs together.
“I know some people are interested to make some music or beats. But they don’t really know how to do it,” Kovacs said. “I know we have musicians here and I was talking to them, and I think they need some help as well, especially on the releasing side.”
Although his main interests lie in producing electronic dance music (EDM), he said he wants to teach community members “everything,” whether it be how to sample other beats, how to write music, chord progression, how to make the bass and how to use instruments.
“I’m going to start with the basics. It’s like a songwriting class that I want. I want to teach them which software to use, how to use the software and all the instruments, and how to start making your own music,” he said. “That includes sampling, building your own song, then recording your vocals or other instruments, mixing them all together and the final process, the mastering.”
He originally planned on hosting a workshop, but he said it would be difficult for participants to learn everything in six or eight hours.
“I’ve been doing this since 2002 and I’m still learning. I’m thinking about doing a week-long class. Start with the basics and build up,” he said. “By the end of the week, you’ll have an idea of how to start the music, what to do and how to finish. If everything’s going well, maybe you can release a song.”
He added that classes would be for people of all ages, and he’s planning to start teaching in July, where he hopes to use an empty classroom or the gym at East Three Secondary School.
“I would actually like to teach people hands-on. A laptop would be nice to bring into class. I can provide the software and they can also download it at home,” he said.
As for what he hopes people take away from his class, he said that he’ll be happy to see participants go home with more confidence to make music.
“When I started, I had no help. I would like to help them, just give back something to the community,” he said. “I know the community here in Inuvik and the smaller communities have very talented people.”
He recalls being amazed by the skill displayed by singers and musicians at last year’s Muskrat Jamboree, and said that he wants to help those local artists grow.
“I’m hoping that those people will stand up – let’s make some music,” he said.