Pierce Freelon and Stephen Levitin, aka Apple Juice Kid, are Co-Founders of Beat Making Lab.
Beat Making Lab is an electronic music studio small enough to fit in a backpack. Freelon and Levitin collaborate with communities all around the world; donating laptops, microphones and software to community centers and conducting two-week residencies with talented youth. They film workshops and shoot music videos as part of a weekly web-series with PBS Digital Studios. Their goals include cultural exchange, innovative collaboration, and social/entrepreneurial impact.
Pierce Freelon is a musician, professor and artivist with a passion for creativity and community. He has taught music, political science and African American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University, and has performed, lectured and collaborated internationally. He is also front man of the genre-bending The Beast and is co-founder of Beat Making Lab with Apple Juice Kid.
Stephen Levitin aka Apple Juice Kid is a producer and eight-time beat battle champion. Apple Juice Kid’s production has been heard on songs by top artists such as Mos Def, Camp Lo, Wale and Azealia Banks, and he has released several critically acclaimed Jazz remix albums. Apple Juice Kid is also an accomplished drummer and DJ and most recently co-founded Beat Making Lab with Pierce Freelon.
Beat Making Lab is an initiative of ARTVSM LLC, a production company that funds innovative projects merging the worlds of art and activism, “by any medium necessary”. Production funding for the Beat Making Lab web-series is provided, in part, by PBS Digital Studios.