Level Camps in Montgomery teach kids music studio skills


Achieve one, teach one.

It’s a personal motto for Tarrance “Tiny” Williams, who is redoubling her efforts with Levels Music Studio Camp to help a new generation of young music-makers in Montgomery.

“Personally, it’s a passion, man,” said Williams, who grew up in the Southlawn neighborhood of Montgomery. “Look into their eyes and see them amazed, learning and growing.”

He said Levels offers music lessons that he didn’t have available at a young age. It’s about creating and inspiring skills for future music producers, songwriters, singers, rappers, and more. from the city.

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“I’ve seen a few of them evolve,” Williams said of the camp attendees. “They take it upon themselves to keep learning.”

The camp started a few years ago in a building on Narrow Lane Road. He has since moved to Studioland in downtown Montgomery, 421 S. McDonough St. In his early days, Levels introduced young people to the art of beatmaking, the music behind rap and hip hop. But he grew beyond that.

Tarrance “Tiny” Williams is a music producer who runs Levels Music Studio Camp in Montgomery.

“We touched on the music production,” Williams said. “We’ve added a few audio-visual topics like podcast interviews and that kind of stuff. We’re trying to expand it.”

Thirteen-year-old Braylen Webster gained a newfound appreciation for music at a Levels camp last summer.

“It was really cool to record a song,” said Braylen, a student at Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet School. “It made me want to learn so much more. I think I’ll stick with it.”

London Arrington brought a group of about 35 students to camp last year.

“It was all STEM,” Arrington said. “Science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It was the business, the economics of creativity.”

In addition to skills, camps are a way to keep kids positive, grounded and engaged, Williams said.

Kennedy Rose, a 14-year-old student at the Northwest Florida Ballet Academy, has attended Levels camps for the past two years. Along with learning more about the industry, she said it was a chance to make new friends.

“Thank you for involving me again,” Kennedy said in a message to Williams. “It was a lot of fun, and I hope we can do it again.”

Registrations for the Levels camp are at tiny-llc.com. Williams said the next camp will likely take place during spring break.

“We’ll see what COVID does, though,” he said.

Levels Studio Music Camp participants beginning in 2021 at Studioland in downtown Montgomery.

Levels Studio Music Camp participants beginning in 2021 at Studioland in downtown Montgomery.

Transmit the love of music

In many ways, Williams passes on the kind of mentorship he received from Montgomery’s producer Algeron “Dr. Fangaz” Franklin, the man who helped introduce him and many others. to the music industry.

“That’s my little brother right there, Tiny,” Franklin said. “I’ve been dealing with him for about 17 years, I would say. He’s a great guy. He learns very quickly, he’s very open-minded and he’s got a lot of talent.”

Williams attended Carver High School and Alabama State University, where he played with the Marching Hornets for three years.

“That’s what got me into music,” Williams said. “I ended up graduating from Trenholm (State Community College) in broadcasting.”

Outside of Camp Levels, Williams works with Montgomery producer Noah Baker to mix and master the musical series Alabama Massacre.

“I think he does an amazing job musically and gives back to the community,” said Baker, a friend and classmate of Franklin who grew up in Southlawn with Williams. “He started a beat battle in Montgomery to get all the producers together. Tiny and all of Studioland are doing an amazing job.”

Williams’ company and Circle Internet Radio are also teaming up on a new podcast called Fried Hard.

He is also an audiovisual sound technician for the Hutchinson Missionary Baptist Church.

“I’m just everywhere, man,” Williams said.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Level Camps in Montgomery Equip Kids with Music Studio Skills


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