I wanted the teens using my library to do something creative this summer. I’ve recently grown weary of having programs for the sake of programs, so with this mindset I reached out to the amazing Sonya Tomlinson aka Sontiago to help unlock the amazing creativity of the teens here in Portland. Sonya’s an amazing hip hop artist based here in Portland who has already done some amazing work with teens in our community (click that link, please), so it was a no-brainer to have her be the person running this event.
We met over lunch at Kamasouptra and we came up with a simple idea: get beats, teach teens about music, hip hop, and writing, and let them make music.
THE PLAN IN ACTION
Sonya put out the word to those in the hip hop community that we were looking for beats for the program. She got a number of beats back from some great producers. Our teens then listened to those beats and selected the two which they wanted to work on over the next few weeks.
Beat #3 is by Josh Thelin, who goes by Thelin. He works at Gateway Mastering here in Portland. He is the producer in the duo, Trails.
Beat #4 is by Nate Shupe, who goes by Shupe. He hosts hip-hop open-mic night every Wednesday night at The Big Easy on Market Street. He is also a producer/rapper in the group, Sandbag.
Wanna listen to the music the teens selected? Go here to our MAKE MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY album page. You can stream or download the music the teens have been making with Sonya and see their week by week progress.
WEEK 1 PICS AND VIDEO
Here’s a little bit of the program in action during week 1.