81 Selected High School
Musicians Visit the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for 5 Days of Networking, Learning, and Performing!
“GRAMMY Camp is a prime example of the GRAMMY Museum’s mission and education initiatives,” said Michael Sticka, president of the GRAMMY Museum. “The program remains one of the most immersive summer camps for high school students interested in a career in music and continues to give young people the opportunity to study with music industry professionals, resulting in a genuine learning experience about life in the music industry.”
THIS IS NOT FANTASY CAMP
“This is not fantasy camp” is the phrase imprinted onto the minds of students at the 18th Annual GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles from the moment they arrived on the University of Southern California campus for their 5-day immersive experience.
From August 2nd through August 6th, 81 talented high school students from 69 U.S. cities across 18 states learned about the reality, not the fantasy, of the music industry. The GRAMMY campers had to audition for the opportunity to learn from seven instructional career tracks: audio engineering, songwriting, vocal performance, instrumental performance, video production, music journalism, music business and electronic music production.
Harrison TC Le, a current senior at the Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, Florida and an aspiring electronic music composer and producer, was one of the high school musicians selected for the 2022 GRAMMY Camp. He participated in the electronic music production career track, mentored by the professional electronic music producer, Matt Lange.
Matt Lange is a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling electronic music producer, DJ, composer, and musician. He is perhaps best known for co-producing “These Hopeful Machines” with Brian Transeau (BT) and “Goodbye” with DJ Glenn Morrison. His Grammy nomination was in 2011 for his work on “These Hopeful Machines”.
The instruction from Matt Lange and the electronic music production career track definitely helped to move TC Le’s music creation and production skills to a more advanced level. As a GRAMMY camper, he learned state-of-the-art methods of programming, editing, sampling, and mixing on digital audio work stations to help develop his compositions. By participating in this career track, he also learned cutting-edge techniques in digital music production, remixing and sound manipulation at a real audio engineering studio.
NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK
Throughout their stay, students in each track were encouraged to network with one another. They were told that they could never predict where in the music industry fellow GRAMMY campers would be in a few years.
TC Le’s goal at the camp was to meet as many people as he could, whether students or faculty members. During GRAMMY Camp, students were also able to talk and connect with current performers including pop icon Lauren Spencer-Smith, country phenom Reyna Roberts, and the alternative band “Silversun Pickups”. Other panelists and counselors included behind-the-scenes music professionals and music producers.
“I met so many amazing people in the music industry; they taught us so much about working together,” said TC Le. “Getting the opportunity to meet professional music artists and actual producers to ask them questions about the industry was incredible.”
On the last day of GRAMMY camp, students put on an evening showcase. The event, to which friends and family were invited, allowed students to show off the skills that they fine tuned during the 5 days they were at camp.
The students performed original songs produced with GRAMMY campers from the vocal performance, songwriting, electronic music production and audio engineering tracks. Other campers spoke on stage, introducing the performances or giving sample music business pitches. The Open House was an opportunity for the campers to watch a show they put together as well as say goodbye to each other, their counselors, and teachers.
“GRAMMY Camp showed me how the ever-changing music industry really works and how we can collaborate and work together!” TC Le exclaims.
TC Le plans to go to college for electronic music production and is considering a double major with engineering, physics, or math. The experience at the GRAMMY camp was a great jump start to his music education. TC Le concludes, “GRAMMY Camp solidifies my love for what I want to do!”
You can interact with TC Le (a.k.a. Tsoysauce) on his other socials or just follow along his career!
– Linktree: https://linktr.ee/Tsoysauce
– Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Spotify: @Tsoysauce https://open.spotify.com/artist/22CDdWo074MEXGhA85G59g?si=JW9TexBDQAGnYVd_0k0oQA
– Youtube: https://youtube.com/tsoysauce or https://youtube.com/channel/UCIVXPfTiRBdBNfWEg_I1EIQ
– Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/tsoysauce/1515550846