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My name is Nicholas Trahan, also known as GeNreal. I am a Hip Hop producer and performer, writer, DJ , roadie as well as the founder of my own media company Dream Machine Media. I attended McNally Smith College of Music on a full scholarship. I was part of General Mills viral marketing campaign "Watch the Stove", contributing an original piece as well as producing a second track for the project. The campaign was an overnight success, gaining millions of views on the internet, reaching the top trending topic on twitter for 2 days, thus revitalizing General Mills product line and company profile in the eyes of youth. After gradutaing with a diploma in Hip Hop studies I was quickly hired by some of the most reputable media companies and record labels in Minnesota. Names like Soul Tools Entertainment, FIX Records, The Current, Rhymesayers Entertainment and Morningside Films just to name a few. I still work for many of these entities and travel the country frequently to do so.
Through working for these entities I learned the importance of artists working in the classroom, especially classrooms close to home. My life was immensely changed for the better after discovering a place where I could harbor my creative passsions in a productive way; and since my personal success in the industry it has been my goal to provide the same type of opportunities for North Country youth.
Through my personal work as well as working with Music to Life I aim to provide contemporary art opportunities and resources for the North Countries at risk youth. Through open studio workshops we could teach youth specialty skills that could then be used to begin portfolios and resumes ,giving them a head start for their future in the arts. It also provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable mentorship from industry professionals outside of a classroom setting. Topics like confidence, time management, mental health, public speaking, inclusivity, team work and passion can usually arise in the practice of artistic disciplines.
I aim to be an advocate for Hip Hop music in the North Country, both as a practicioner of the art and as an instructor. Hip Hop music can be just as meaningful and beneficial to at risk students as any other art form. It simply requires proper mentorship, guidance,education and patience just like any other art form.