Guitarist was recently invited to be part of the judging panel in Boss´s annual Loop Station Championships, held at The Bedford in Balham a couple of weeks back.
On the night, the regional finalists performed one song each, drawing on voices, guitars and various other noise-making devices to wow the judges and entertain the crowd. The rules were simple: you must use a looping device to record/overdub - with nothing pre-loaded into it - and your track can be no more than five minutes long. Anything else goes.
In the end there was one clear winner: DubFX from Bristol whose vocal-only performance astounded and entertained in equal measure as he beatboxed, sang and synthed his way to the top spot. Check him out on YouTube to see what we mean - utterly amazing. DubFX bagged a voucher for £1,000 of Roland and Boss gear as his prize.
The judges were unanimous in our decision because DubFX used the looping device - a Boss RC-50 - as a musical instrument rather than a mere gimmick. His intelligent song construction and arrangement - plus the fact it was a good song in the first place! - made him stand out. DubFX received his prize from The Bedford's Tony Moore and Roland's Kevin Steel.
Want to get into looping or enter next year´s comp? Keep an eye on Roland's website and also Guitarist´s mag and blog for more information.