by Daniel Warren Hill
The 2021 DC Music Summit is going virtual! While I’ll miss the in-person opportunity to network, the DCMS team, headed by founder Dior Ashley Brown, is working hard to recreate the networking experience, live music performance, and educational workshops that attendees have come to expect from this Wammie Award winning annual event.
Organizations and events like DC Music Summit help put a spotlight on local music industry leaders and highlight the diverse and inclusive creative culture and community that has continued to thrive within the DMV music scene. I’m excited to be presenting one of the many educational workshops with topics ranging from music publishing to personal health and wellness taking place at the event happening May 21-23, alongside Mary Mbaba; Deonte Keitt; Cecily; Jarreau Williams; Emily Hall; Shanay Miles; Chris Carter; Ting Lin; Kemi Adegoroye; Garrett Jackson; Joe Lapan; Stephen Wilkes; Canute Ireland; Kiana LeCounte; Jessica Teachey; Emma G.; Stephanie Mathias; Jean-Francis Varre; Howard Rabach; Charles Motte; Morgan Kaylor; Matthew Limones; Kristyn Marrott; and Maria Roberts.
Music performances will be re-recorded segments filmed exclusively for DCMS and include artists like Fly Zyah, Gordon Sterling, Zhariah, Airospace, BOOMCLAK, The Cruddy Crankerz, Carly Harvey, Akua Allrich, Natalie Brooke, Fleetwood DeVille, Dj Double A 1k, as well as Dior Ashley Brown herself, and El Jay’EM who is also hosting this year’s Summit.
I was given an opportunity to spend some time with Hip-Hop artist, educator, and activist Marc 2Ray who is also providing a unique performance for the event. Marc shares why he is so passionate about participating in the DCMS; how his roles as artist, educator, and activist provide the most complete picture of who he is as an individual as well as the most effective delivery of his message, and tells us about the special nature of his performance at the event.
If that still isn’t enough to pique your interest, DCMS has just announced their keynote speaker will be Grammy-nominated R&B artist, educator, mixing engineer, and producer Carolyn Malachi.
Whether or not you are a musician in the DC area, there is plenty to learn from the speakers at the 2021 DC Music Summit, a unique opportunity to see performances by some of the region’s hottest acts, and the ability to build long-lasting relationships with individuals working to cultivate the growing local music industry represented within the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
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Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records.
Musician, educator, and activist Marc 2Ray joins the Alchemicast: with Andy Reed talking about how your wordplay, delivery, timing, and cadence are your instrument as a hip-hop artist. Marc uses his music to educate and empower listeners about everyday issues such as social justice, inequality, drug abuse, and tracks like “1915” about the Armenian genocide (of which his grandfather is a survivor) are being used as an educational tool in high school and college curriculums. Marc discusses his songwriting and recording process and his extensive collaboration efforts. He discusses how 9:30 Club holds a special place in his heart through personal experiences with DJ Tommy B, and how his 2020 album, Fresh Air, transformed from being supported through live events to a more digital experience for fans.
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