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National Touring Artist/Musician Performs at The Art Institute of Michigan — Troy


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On Friday, February 17, students, faculty, staff, and V.I.P. visitors enjoyed an exciting demo/workshop by national touring and recording artist, Heatbox.  The session was presented by The Art Institute of Michigan — Troy and was designed to celebrate the creative process while inspiring the creative community at the college.

Creating beats and building songs from the ground up, Heatbox used a LoopStation RC-50 and a Digitech Vocal 300 to create his songs. Recording each part as he goes, Heatbox’s music is live and in the moment.  Using no tracks, samples, or pre-recorded music, each song and performance is distinctly unique.  

Attendees were treated to original Heatbox music.  In addition the performer covered songs including “Ignition” by R. Kelly and “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. Highlights within the workshop included an audience participation segment where attendees created an original “song” and were able to experiment with the technology Heatbox used to create his signature “One Man Entertainment System” sound.

Promoting his latest album, Heatbox is currently touring the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand.  He has toured with fellow solo act That 1 Guy, and supported artists such as Wu Tang Clan, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Boyz II Men, Buckethead, Warren G., Fishbone, and Chali 2na.

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