Producer Risingson takes first place at Seattle Red Bull Big Tune Qualifier. Two Seattle locals will compete at the National Championship in Chicago.
It was a warm evening in Seattle as the top twelve producers from the Pacific Northwest went head-to-head at Red Bull Big Tune. A crowd of 700 people formed a long line well before doors opened at 8:00pm outside of Neumos to hear the arsenal of beats their favorite local producers had lined up for the night. With competitors of past years’ Red Bull Big Tune qualifiers in the lineup, the competition was tough and the talent was top notch. After two rounds of battles and a wildcard vote, the third and final round had Risingson and Trox, both obvious local favorites, battling against one another. When it was time to make a voting decision the crowd was divided and the guys had to play a fourth beat to break the tie. In first place was Risingson and runner-up was Trox; both producers will advance as first place winners to the Red Bull Big Tune National Championship in Chicago in November, 2010.
The event marked the sixth stop in a series of nine regional beat competitions designed to find the most talented U.S. music producer with the next “big tune.” Each regional qualifier features twelve local beatsmiths who battle head-to-head using their best original beats as ammunition. The other 2010 regional qualifiers include Austin, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO; and Ann Arbor/Detroit, MI. The top two producers from each city will square off at the Red Bull Big Tune National Championship in November in Chicago. The winner of the finals receives an opportunity to collaborate with a recording artist of his/her choice in the prestigious Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica, CA. Past winners have collaborated with Young Buck, Nas and Ghostface.
“For tonight I brought the biggest music possible, stuff that's really moving something really dynamic, I just want to move the people and that's how you win over the crowd," explained Risingson. His dynamic beats did just that and he won over the crowd.
Towards the end of the evening the Seattle locals that packed into Neumos was treated with performances by music producer Nottz, famous for his work with artists such as Snoop, Busta Rhymes and Notorious B.I.G., along with Atlanta based producer DJ Toomp, well known for his work with T.I. and Kanye West, among others.
The twelve Seattle area producers included: Magic D, Brainstorm, DJ Nphared, Blaise, Marcus D, Notti, Risingson, Moonman, Mell, Illoquint, Trox and KDCutz.
As part of the Red Bull Big Tune program, participating producers are given a platform to share their music with millions of fans. For the past two years, the Red Bull Big Tune finals have aired on national television networks accompanied by a documentary web series. Beyond the national exposure, participants benefit from the support of artists such as Ninth Wonder, DJ Quik, Hi-Tek, J-Rocc, Freeway, Just Blaze, DJ Premier, Nas, Young Buck, Ghostface, Black Milk, Sean Price, Evidence, Chali2na, De La Soul, Jake One, and Alchemist through performance, collaboration or mentorship opportunities.
Big Tune began in Seattle as the brainchild of DJ/producer/emcee Vitamin D and hip hop visionary/event producer Jonathan Moore in 2004 with the purpose of bringing both emerging and established talent to the forefront. After three years of hosting thriving local battles in Seattle, they forged a creative partnership with Red Bull and the event evolved beyond a beat battle into a dynamic national producer program.