Revolt TV: The New #1 Name in Music

Angelie Humbert and Hannah Kovensky, GRAMMY Camp LA

From the outside, an unsuspecting black door in the heart of Hollywood gave a coy preview to what could be seen inside its frame. The deep red electric sign above the door was more indicative of what Revolt TV represents: an eye-catching look at the hottest trends in music. Select students from GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles, California had the pleasure of taking a field trip Wednesday, July 16th to a taping of Revolt TV in pursuit of a further understanding of the impact it has on the music industry.

Sean Combs, more commonly known as Puff Daddy, Diddy or P. Diddy, began airing the multi-platformed Revolt TV Network  in January 2014, with the purpose of providing avid listeners a fresh insight into music news, appreciation and understanding. Once past the monochrome mural painted hallway and bustling control room, the inside of the crisp studio set was a sensory overload in the best sense of the phrase, with flooding lights and megatron screens adorning the walls in schemes of red, black and white. GRAMMY Camp students formed a line up a set of black narrow stairs past a glass-enclosed VIP room onto a standing room only balcony to watch Revolt’s hosts, Sib Vicious and DJ Damage, give the latest and greatest breaking music news. An in-depth discussion with Tobi from Alt 98.7 on the concepts of artist contrast and versatility through collaboration was brought to fruition, as well as unexpected insight as they sat down with well-esteemed rapper Ja Rule to discuss his new book and recording project, and multi-talented DJ Cassidy regarding his newest work.

As the show picked up, GRAMMY campers and varying audience demographics learned the ins and outs of how to clap as a reliable audience member while watching the screens flash a set of images varying from pop artist Robin Thicke, an upcoming guest on the show, to throwback candids of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. The first discussion on the show was directed at the evolution of artist collaborations and the impact on their careers following releases, which for GRAMMY campers tied seamlessly into what the industry professionals have been stressing all week; collaboration is vital to creative growth, and is often the best way for an artist to understand their own tactics and motivations. Tobi, representing an alternative radio station, provided contrast to the hip-hop centered edge to the show. She shared her appreciation for unexpected collaborations, such as Bon Iver and Kanye West. The idea of artist collaborations is an intriguing concept, especially when genre mixing is brought into play. When a collaboration seems too good to be true, the question is posed whether it was merely a smart business move, or if it was simply meant to happen. In more cases than not, the best music seems to come together by fate. The field trip allowed for the campers to see that, so they could also stretch their own abilities by working with others.

The first celebrity guest on the show was Cassidy Durango Milton Willy Podell, or better and short-handedly known as DJ Cassidy. Having performed in front of many different major audiences, ranging from Beyonce and Jay-Z at their wedding to President Obama at his first inauguration ball and Michelle’s birthday, DJ Cassidy has an impressive resume on his hands, especially considering the fact that his debut album, Paradise Royale, just came out this past June. After DJ Cassidy shared a few words with host Vicious, Ja Rule took the stage. Ja Rule, or Jeffrey Atkins, talked to DJ Damage about his new book, Unruly, which summarizes his past experiences and his evolution into what he defines as a man. The four-time GRAMMY nominee also talked about his upcoming album, and although most of the production is being kept under wraps, confirmed that there will definitely be collaborations between himself and other artists.

When visiting Revolt TV, GRAMMY campers were exposed to a real life instance of teamwork between colleagues, comparable to collaboration between tracks at Camp. Every track was put into play, whether it was the video or audio tech team filming and recording the show, the journalist hosts who interviewed the artists, or the artists themselves who song write or perform either vocally, instrumentally, or as a combination of the two. Here, GRAMMY campers looked at production through another angle, not being the ones who contributed to the process, nor being the ones viewing through a television set, but rather being presented a first-hand, all encompassing view of the set. The experience at Revolt TV proved to be both an entertaining and educational encounter for everyone in the room.

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