DMA Success Story: Rapper & Music Producer Jabari Butler

By Phill Powell

He’s a young man of music – a rapper and producer. Jabari Butler is a 15-year-old from Jamaica, New York. This past July, he attended Digital Media Academy tech camps at NYU…again.

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“I’ve gone to DMA camp for two years in a row and I can definitely see myself going back,” says Jabari.

This year, Jabari attended DMA’s music production academies at New York University. According to his teacher, Trevor Bumgarner, Jabari is “a hard worker and excellent musician.”

We wanted to ask Jabari about his DMA experience at NYU:

THE DMA INTERVIEW: JABARI BUTLER

What did you actually create at DMA tech camp?
At DMA camp I created remixes of popular songs such as “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley and “Cocoa Butter Kisses” by Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa. I also made some original songs that I made raps to.

How exactly did it make you feel when you completed your final project?
It was very exciting after finishing my projects because the teachers helped make all the music sound as good as it could. So much work and effort was put into each song by the teachers and myself, so when the song was done, it was exciting to play it and listen to it.

What were the most fun things about attending DMA tech camp?
The freedom to work on what you wanted to. The teachers taught me how to use the program and then allowed me to work on what I wanted to do. I got to work on music that I love and music that I have never listened to.

Did you make friends at DMA camp this summer?
I made two friends at DMA camp but they live in New York so we’ve not been able to hang out and get together again.

It’s a very fun experience. The teachers are genuinely cool people and the information being taught is very useful.
– DMA Music Production student Jabari Butler

Do you use what you learned at DMA now that you’re back home?
I use it everyday to make music at home.

Would you like to come back to a DMA tech camp next summer?
I have gone to DMA camp for two years in a row and I can definitely see myself going back. It’s a very fun experience. The teachers are genuinely cool people and the information being taught is very useful.

Would you recommend DMA tech camps to your best friends and their parents?
I have already suggested this camp to many of my friends and hopefully they’ll join me next year at camp.

And how did your Mom feel about your session at DMA?
My mom was pleased with my experience. She supports my passion for music.

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At DMA music production camps, you get creative freedom, along with a helping hand to guide you.

DO YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR MUSIC?

Sure, most people like music, but do you live and breathe it? Like Jabari, is it a central part of your experience? Do you dream about working in the music industry?

You’re not alone. People are drawn to the music industry by its glamour and creativity. This coming summer at Digital Media Academy summer tech camps, kids and teens will be exploring their creativity through music production camps like the one Jabari participated in at NYU.

Come see if you’ve really got the music in you. Our musical production courses will take your best musical ideas and give them voice.

Special thanks to DMA’s Rachelle Harding for coordinating this interview!