ACM welcomes Godfather of Funk George Clinton through its doors
On Thursday 25th February 2016, The Academy of Contemporary Music welcomed ‘Godfather of Funk’ George Clinton through its prestigious doors.
As an iconic musician that is always at the forefront of innovation, George Clinton found a natural partnership with world-renowned studio Metropolis. In the summer of 2015 both George and Metropolis curated an event around cutting a live album to vinyl. George stunned a packed room full of both lifelong and fresh fans, this was followed by a masterclass which took the audience on a journey through the funk legends inspiration and creative process that results in his unique sound.
World leaders in music industry education ACM, find George Clinton an absolute inspiration and feel he is a shining role model for students to become their own brand, so it was only natural to bring George down to the Academy to share his skills on how to develop themselves ensuring a life long career in the music industry.
“From an ACM education point of view, what we have done at Metropolis is to create a new way of creating music directly between the artist and the fans. The cut-to-vinyl event was a joint venture between ACM and Metropolis. George is a shining example and ambassador for how to sustain a lifelong career in this beautiful but brutal industry. As George approaches his 75th birthday, he is proof that you can still share fresh content with the world. George is back on the touring circuit, working with Rudimental and Ice Cube. George’s masterclass not only covered his vibrant musical history but also his fresh thinking and creativity now.”
- Kainne Clements Executive Chairman at ACM
On the day the session kicked off with the Academy’s ‘house band’ performing the classic Parliament Funkadelic hit ‘We Got The Funk’ – George was so impressed by the talented students that he grabbed the mic and joined in singing alongside them really getting the crowd going – he had everyone in the room singing the chorus and dancing. Following on from the performance George was then interviewed by ACM’s Head Of Industry Development ‘Ace’ (guitarist for Skunk Anansie) where George spoke about his life in music from the beginning right through to the present day. George’s live from vinyl film was then played, followed by George’s latest single featuring Kendrick Lamar. The session drew to a close with a Q and A section. Students were thoroughly engaged throughout and had the opportunity to take photos and get autographs – George staying behind well beyond the end of the masterclass to ensure no student left disappointed.
George’s advice to students was…
“I would tell them to do the best you can and then funk it”
“When George Clinton came into ACM he really brought the funk! The masterclass was off the hook, with the students going crazy as the house band performed Funkadelic songs and George singing along! George took time to talk about his life and work in music and answer questions from students too. It was a great pleasure and honour to have such a legend visit ACM.”
- Ace (Head of Industry Development and Guitarist for Skunk Anansie)