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We were delighted to welcome the Godfather of funk, George Clinton, to ACM.
Now this was a memorable masterclass! The grand pappy of funk, the funkmeister, the funkenstein – George Clinton – visited us in Guildford! The session kicked off with the Academy ‘house band’ performing the classic Parliament Funkadelic hit We Got The Funk. George was so impressed by the talent of the students that he grabbed the mic and joined in singing alongside them, really getting the crowd going. Everyone in the room instantly started singing the chorus and dancing.
“I would tell them to do the best you can and then funk it.”
George was then interviewed by ACM’s Head Of Industry Development, Ace, recounting his life in music. George’s ‘live to vinyl’ film was then played, followed by his latest single featuring Kendrick Lamar. The session drew to a close with a Q and A section. Students were thoroughly engaged throughout and had the opportunity to take photos and get autographs – George staying behind well beyond the end of the masterclass to ensure no student left disappointed.
“From an ACM education point of view, what we have done at Metropolis is to create a new way of creating music directly between the artist and the fans. The cut-to-vinyl event was a joint venture between ACM and Metropolis. George is a shining example and ambassador for how to sustain a lifelong career in this beautiful but brutal industry. As George approaches his 75th birthday, he is proof that you can still share fresh content with the world. George is back on the touring circuit, working with Rudimental and Ice Cube. George’s masterclass not only covered his vibrant musical history but also his fresh thinking and creativity now.”
Kainne Clements Executive Chairman ACM & Metropolis Studios
“When George Clinton came into ACM he really brought the funk! The masterclass was off the hook, with the students going crazy as the house band performed Funkadelic songs and George singing along! George took time to talk about his life and work in music and answer questions from students too. It was a great pleasure and honour to have such a legend visit ACM.”
Ace Head of Creative Industry Development