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Gary Dann’s journey from the bedroom to the Boom Room

Gary Dann aka Boom Room Dude | photo by Fawziyya Heart | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia-born musician, engineer and studio owner Gary Dann is a man who wears many hats.

As a drummer, he is a member of the Worldtown Soundsystem, a multi-headed musical juggernaut whose sound ranges from Afrobeat, house, Latin music and beyond. He is also the founder and owner of Boom Room, a beautiful two-level recording studio and rehearsal space located in the city’s Fishtown section. It was in his early teen years that his love of music and penchant for getting things done first began to take root. Continue reading →

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The Boom Room will celebrate its 5th anniversary with a bang

Cee Knowledge and The Cosmic Funk Orchestra | still from "The Boom Room's 3 Year Anniversary BBQ" video
Cee Knowledge and The Cosmic Funk Orchestra | still from “The Boom Room’s 3 Year Anniversary BBQ”

On Saturday, Oct. 8th, The Boom Room turns five. Since its inception, the recording studio/event space has brought the Fishtown neighborhood together with a variety of performances, exhibitions, and educational workshops, and in commemoration, they’re throwing a birthday party of epic proportions. The event will feature both an outdoor stage and and indoor dance party, with performances from Worldtown Soundsystem, Jae the Artist, The Living Sample, and more. If that isn’t enough, you can also expect to see fire spinning, aerial acrobatics, and (wait for it) complimentary food & beverages. The party will kick off at 3pm and won’t stop until “late af”, so make sure to get a good nap in beforehand. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Sëla

Ten years ago a group of talented young musicians with a common goal to push the boundaries of hip-hop met as students at the University of the Arts. Emcee Mike King, emcee/producer David Little and pianist/vocalist/producer Margel ‘theSophant’ Overton are the driving force behind Sëla, and their style has always been forward-looking. Their self-titled debut EP, released digitally in 2009 after years of performing and learning studio craft, was instantly infectious, particularly the ultra-modern beats on “Pedal To The Side” and the anthemic “Pump Ya Fist.” Continue reading →