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Metapop Live Beat Making Competition at Native Sessions x ADE 2018

Direct from the first day of Native Sessions, we look at the winners from the live MetaPop Beatmaking Competition.

Kickstarting Native Sessions at ADE, Metapop’s live Beat Making Competition saw three producers go head-to-head on stage at the Sound Lab. Armed each with a custom-made sound pack, and the latest hardware by Native Instruments, the competitors had one hour to produce their own track, with a prize awaiting the winner.


Using the winning stems by DAENGZA, from the Metapop remix competition for Raiden ‘Always Find You feat. YURI’, each participant had to use sounds from the provided pack, along with their own selection library of beats, to produce their own unique piece of music. No other samples were allowed. Entering the arena was Greek DJ and producer Vasko; LUVR, a.k.a. Tom Ouwehand from The Hague, Netherlands; and Dutch musician, Metapop Mentor and previous winner, Cinematic. With just 60 minutes to find their own sounds, produce a finished sketch, create structure, progressions, and add effects, the pressure was on.

“First of all the pressure to do something in an hour is killer,” said Cinematic once the 60-minutes was over. The end result was a big sounding, emotive house beat with thunderous bass, and a drop featuring a treated re-working of the original vocals. “I always try to focus on the vocals, and try to build the track around it. The stems already start with an incredible beat. I’ve got this incredible bass drum, with which everything starts to shake. To get something in before the deadline, it’s really hard to get focussed, but I really love it.” Cinematic’s track ‘Evelvator Music’ is also available to remix over at MetaPop now.

Having just moved back to Europe from Toronto, next up was LUVR, whose production style floated his production towards a more lo-fi, trap infused beat, with textured vocal reverbs, 808s, and floaty, melodic synth progressions. “I just used the vocal, the pad and the guitar. I put my own synths in there. My drums, 808s….. I love 808s.”

Last up was Vasko, whose finished production mirrored the style of music he’s become recognised for, a kick-heavy, vocal-driven, EDM, dancefloor epic. “One hour is just not enough to do everything,” the Greek producer stated before playing his track. “For this I used the rise, did some chopping with KONTAKT, and tried to make something ‘big-room’.”

With the crowd helping whittle down the contributions to just two competitors, and South Korean producer Raiden — whose original track was used as the basis for the MetaPop remix competition — selecting the winner, Cinematic was awarded the winning producer for this year’s ADE Beat Making Competition. Well done to all who partcipated!

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