The Kids Are Coming Up From Behind

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Sep 12, 2016 · 28 min read
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“Losing My Edge” by LCD Soundsystem

Can it really be that a community with such deep roots in American music is artistically shriveling up and dying? Some folks think so.


It’s here…that the kids of Brooklyn are doing something new and exciting in the world of music. And by kids, I really mean kids.


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Nate Shaw (photo: Evan Browning)
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Peira Moinester (photo: Evan Browning)

“What are my fondest memories of my life as a musician?” asks Nate. “Doing it with other people.”


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The entrance and exterior of Brooklyn Music Factory (photos: Evan Browning)
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BMF’s bright orange entryway sets an appropriate tone (photo: Evan Browning)
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The hallway at BMF (photos: Jake Johnson)
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Nate Shaw connects with a student at the piano (photo: Evan Browning)
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Brooklyn Music Factory’s common room (photo: Evan Browning)
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The remains of the school day (photo: Evan Browning)

In the age of iTunes and Spotify, what does it mean to listen to music…

“Spotify estimates that fully four million of the songs it carries have never been streamed, not even once.”


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Nate Shaw and Grace Wright play Music Mystery Detective with The Rockin’ Penguins (photo: Evan Browning)
The Rockin’ Penguins practice their song, “Unicorns and Dragons at War” (video: Jake Johnson)

These kids are actually really good, and they’re doing something incredibly difficult.


Dewey Finn drives his class to the battle of the bands

In many ways, it’s a school for musician’s kids (the bassist from The Lumineers and Gregg Allman send their kids there) that happens to attract other families.

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Some of Brooklyn Music Factory’s youngest students learn the basics of music (photo: Evan Browning)
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A typical day at Brooklyn Music Factory (photo: Evan Browning)

“I think it would be even cooler to try to benefit a hundred thousand people with online curriculum and try to build some sort of online world that feels that same as our community room.”

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Kathryn Christie leads the staff through a strategy exercise (photo: Jake Johnson)
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Kai Sorensen working (photo: Jake Johnson)

“That was like a revelation I had like half-way through the year…I’m a co-creator inside a startup.”


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Looking toward downtown Brooklyn from Fourth Ave. (photo: Evan Browning)
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The stage is set for a gig (photo: Jake Johnson)
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A young boy plays soccer in the street (photo: Jake Johnson)

“Honestly, I don’t even know about any others. The kind of rock and roll angle, this was the name [BMF] that kept coming up…”


Clover and the Clockworks (video: Jake Johnson)
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Park Slope locals watching Clover and the Clockworks (photo: Jake Johnson)
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Clover and the Clockworks (photo: Jake Johnson)

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