The Route Sixty6 — August 10, 2006
Local youth Xavier (pronounced Za-vee-ay) Barnes has been awarded an internship with Mega-Producer Gloon through Gloon’s “Future Etched in Platinum Foundation”.
“It’s an opportunity for youth who don’t see college as an option to still have the ability to learn what it takes to be successful,” Gloon says of the internship. “Eight youth get direct access to me and how I work, free room and board and post-internship guidance.”
There are still questions as to what kind of guidance Gloon can offer following a career that only produced a single platinum selling album following his domestic abuse scandal back in 2002 and that was with Mellow Noma, who was selling platinum before the two teamed up.
“People can site Noma’s previous sales all they like,” Gloon was quoted at a recent awards show, “but the work we did on The Treatment was the most personal Mellow has ever got on any of his tracks so far.”
It’s the process he uses that helps an artist dig deeper than usual while Gloon creates the soundtrack to the stories being told that Gloon says he’s going to coach his interns on.
To be accepted into the program, each entrant was required to fill out an application, complete an essay and submit a song written and recorded entirely by themselves. Xavier and his seven co-interns were selected out of 8,725 submissions this year.
Gloon says Xavier’s song Shadowkind impressed him and the selection committee by the huge gamble Xavier took with the genre.
“Most of the applicants submitted songs with an ear towards radio airplay. They played it safe,” Gloon continues. “Xavier didn’t. According to his essay, his song Shadowkind is meant to go behind the opening titles of a horror movie and the way his song has movements that build into a huge climax, I see possibilities in fusing that kind of symphonic treatment within rap production.”
Xavier wrote and programmed the entire song on a keyboard workstation where all of the different tracks live on the keyboard workstation’s internal memory. “It maxed my keyboard out. I started getting errors because the song used so much of the memory, it didn’t have enough memory left to perform some functions,” Xavier explains.
From there, he recorded the stereo track off of his keyboard onto his PC.
This year will be the first year that Gloon brings this expanded version of his internship to America. While abroad, he held similar internships in France and Germany.
Xavier and the seven other internees will join Gloon and begin their training December 1st of this year.
By: Michael Brooks
NOTE: Photo is a model portrayal of a fictional character.
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