January 17th was a great display of what the youth’s collective efforts can demonstrate. From 5pm every 1st and 3rd Friday, Sol Collective’s Art Gallery and Community Center hosts a Community Pop Up Labs for Youth, by Youth.


The topic of this lab was basic Introduction to Music Production where participants developed an understanding of how to bring their creative ideas to life, across multiple technologies.

With the everlasting advancements in technology, it is easier for the everyday person to download a music app and head down the rabbit hole of creative entertainment as creativity is another form of natural expression. Digital Audio Workstations such as FL Studios and GarageBand allow for easy and versatile fun experience everyone can enjoy from beginners to professionals. 


This Intro to Music Production allowed for hands on experience with iPads used as drum pads, MIDI controllers to emulate multiple sounds such as pianos, guitars, and synths, and an SP-404 which is a sampling workstation used for live situations or in the studio.

After the demonstration, Diamond, a student of the arts, had a chance to answer some questions about females working in the music industry and what inspired her to showcase her talents and help others. Diamond has been around music all her life. She has yet to put out any music to the public, but her courage and determination to keep evolving in her craft was shown during her demonstration of the MIDI controller to the audience. 


Women within the music industry, as a whole, is rare due to the facade that women can’t be respected in the music industry. From the outside view and in mainstream it may seem as such, but in reality women are breaking the musical barriers between genres, creating new styles, and adding their flavor paying homage to the ones before them by carrying on traditions in music.


Many youth, ages 13 and up, and adults, attended the community pop up to support and learn from others in the same field of interest. Sol Collective, and those working within, provided a safe space with free entry and refreshments for the community to enjoy. More pop ups are  scheduled so be sure to keep a look out for future events.