I had expected a quiet introductory day, or maybe just a cozy day to just get to know things, but even though the day was nice, it has turned out that it would not just be a peaceful day at Rumkraft. Fortunately.
My day started on Farvergade at Musik og Ungdom, where I and Rasmus had to pitch Rumkraft, and the plans Rasmus had for integrating laptops and iPads into music teaching. All in all, it was a really good insight into what it’s like to be an entrepreneur and how to get your idea out, and when it came down to it, it was not at all as unpleasant as I had imagined when Rasmus went through the plan for me before the meeting. I felt just a little bit “out of place” when the meeting began, but I was given the opportunity to introduce myself and my story, and then Rasmus luckily took over.
All participants in the meeting seemed interested in Rasmus’ “vision” for how things could be when it came to music lessons, and we left with enhanced hope and great satisfaction.
Afterwards we went back to the “Rumstation”, which is where the teaching takes place, and I got a little break before the first student arrived; a young man who obviously had a flair for producing, and I was a little excited about what he was doing for an Ableton Live course, but it quickly dawned on me when the teaching began, but I’ll come back to that. A little later comes a slightly older man, perhaps in his mid-40s. He has been writing music since the 70s, but would like to learn how to record his works and maybe add a bit of the electronic to his music even. And he’s come to the right place. When the teaching began, I was completely overwhelmed by all the things you can play with and all the small and big features that the program Live has, and now I understood why both beginners but also experienced producers would come here to learn.
During the week, I was also allowed to write an application for a grant to a fund on behalf of Rumkraft. I had never tried anything of that caliber before, so I was very excited to find out how it would go, and with a little help from Rasmus, I was done already an hour later. And to my great surprise, the application, which I had written myself, was approved, and Rasmus was able to start his new and exciting project.
The following days went with everything from learning about Ableton, and jamming with talented jazz musicians from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory with our homemade ableton instruments to washing coffee cups.
And even though I also had to wash coffee cups once, I always felt that what I was doing mattered, not only to Rumkraft and Rasmus, but also to myself. I learned more about music production and what it’s like to have your own company that week than I could have ever imagined when I first stepped into the “Rumstationen”. It has been a bit of a journey and I am super happy to have had the opportunity to be with.