Loop artists from 12 different countries gathered at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney during the 2013 NAMM show to compete in the international finals for the BOSS Loop Station World Championship 3. Grison Beatbox of Spain claimed the looping title with a mesmerizing beatboxing performance that featured impressive technical skill with his RC-300 Loop Station and VE-20 Vocal Performer effects. For his efforts, he earned $3,000 in BOSS gear. Second Place and $2,000 in BOSS gear went to Super Tall Paul Newman from the United States. Thiago Ramalho from Brazil received Third Place recognition and $1,000 in BOSS gear. The finals event was an exciting conclusion to the BOSS global competition that began in the summer of 2012. Over 500 looping fans were in attendance, with another 8,000-plus viewing live on the web as the event was streamed online.
BOSS selected a talented roster of celebrity judges and BOSS endorsers to crown the world’s best looper, including Steve Stevens, guitarist for Billy Idol; Billy Duffy, guitarist for The Cult; John 5, guitarist for Rob Zombie; Herman Li, guitarist for DragonForce; Darryl Jones, bassist for The Rolling Stones; and Gary Lenaire, Group Strategy Manager for BOSS. Judges provided live feedback after each performance, and all artists received high marks for their creativity and command of the looping technology. Music journalist and Jefferson Starship Guitarist Jude Gold also performed while the judges tabulated their votes to select the winner.
The finalists performed four-minute original compositions using the BOSS Loop Station of their choice, and each created their own ensemble of sounds in diverse ways. A wide range of BOSS effects—including the built-in effects in the RC-300 and RC-30 Loop Stations—were used to create distinctive sounds for loops. Electric and acoustic guitar, bass, piano, organ, synth, V-Drums, cello, ukulele, sax, flute, nose whistle, an electric drill, and even a pig squeeze toy were all used at various times to create sounds that were incorporated into loops. Most contestants also employed vocals, both with traditional singing and beatboxing techniques.
Separate from the in-house judging, online viewers had the opportunity to vote for their favorite performer of the evening, with the top vote-getter receiving a special Social Loop Award. Koukun from Japan got the most votes, impressing the web audience with a powerful beatboxing and singing performance that included a very unique stage presentation using light sabers. As part of the award, he received a BOSS GT-10B Bass Effects Processor.
For more info on the finalists, video clips of their looping performances, and a video archive of the entire event, visit BOSS Users Group.