Join Fader Lab, The Fader’s independent record label, for a very special Hackathon at the New York Code + Design Academy. Competitors will work on projects dedicated to fighting social injustice, and acting as the inspiration for the event is Saul Williams and his new album Martyr Loser King.
Saul Williams is an acclaimed musician, poet, writer, and actor, and is known for blending the worlds of poetry and hip hop. Williams has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless villages, townships, community centers, and prisons across the world. His new project, MartyrLoserKing is a multimedia project that engages the digital dialogue between the first and third worlds, and the global street sounds that connects the two. MartyrLoserKing was written and recorded between Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, and New Orleans and New York, and these locales provided Saul Williams with a variety of topics to speak on. “In Senegal, I was buying iPhones for $20, Beats for $10, because they get all the influx from China, with no regulation,” Williams explains. “So everyone’s online. Everyone’s high tech.” He sights Beyoncé, Fredo Santana, and Haitian field recordings as musical inspirations for his self-produced sixth album, straining trap hi-hats and mbira strokes together for a nuanced, entirely original sound. “I’m just letting you know what I’m reading and seeing while I’m writing. When I’m writing, the music leads.”
At the Hackathon, participants will show their finished projects to guest judge Saul Williams. Below is the schedule for the day’s event. RSVP now.
10AM – Breakfast + Coffee
11AM – Welcome / Saul Williams to play tracks from his album
12PM-5PM – Hackathon/Designing takes place
2PM – Lunch served
5PM – Designs presented, winner(s) selected & prizes given out
6PM – Event ends