The Solution Beat Battle

Sunday, 2/15 at 8pm -> The 2015 Solution Beat Battle w/special guests Khrysis (NC/Justus League) & Add-2 (Chicago/JAMLA Records), DJ House Shoes (LA/SCM), CRL CRRLL & Fast4wrd (performing together for the first time), a showcase set from 2014 winner DJ Matt Cassidy, host DJ Low Key & more!!! ‪Catch 12 of the area’s top producers bringing their A-game for the title! #‎TheSolution8‬…

SUNDAY, 2/15 at 8pm -> The Solution Beat Battle is back for our 4th annual production competition! Here are the 12 (mainly) Denver-based producers/beatmakers/musicians involved:

Rhyme Progression

Lejittbeatz

AG Flux

Skizzazz Skullface

Sean Kim

One Flu Over

Milky.WAV

Big J Beats

Mikey Fresh

DJ Paradox

EC3

Mike Lowry

Prizes include a $250 Akomplice prize package, photo shoot with Armando Geneyro, a Solution/Goodness prize package, press assistance from Hip Hop Roll Call  & more, check out previous Solution Beat Battles for more info. 21+ / $10 / Doors at 8pm.

#TheSolution8

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015 #TheSolution8, Events, Guests, Updates No Comments

Sunday, 2/15 -> The 2015 Solution Beat Battle at Beauty Bar Denver!!! Producers, see how to enter below & stay tuned for more info and headliner announcements shortly…

Producers, beatmakers, musicians & such, if you’d like to enter The 2015 Solution Beat Battle, here’s what you need to do by midnight on Tuesday , 2/10.  Please send either:

-A soundcloud link to 3+ of your beats
or
-An e-mail with 3 beats attached
or
-A streaming link to a project you produced

and

-a photo of yourself (to be posted when the competitors are announced)

and

-a short bio

to:

thesolutionbeatbattle <at> denversolution (dot) com

No application fee necessary.  Once again, the submission deadline is Tuesday, 2/10 at midnight.  Participants will be announced on Wednesday, 2/11 by midnight. More info, prizes & headliners announcements coming next week, check out previous Solution Beat Battles for more info.

#TheSolution8

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Friday, January 30th, 2015 #TheSolution8, Events, Updates No Comments

Wednesday, 2/26 -> The 2014 Solution Beat Battle Contestants! Catch all 12 plus a ridiculous amount of talent showcasing at The 2014 Solution Beat Battle at Beauty Bar Denver!!!

WEDNESDAY, 2/26 -> This year’s Solution Beat Battle had more entries than the previous two and it was tougher than ever for us to narrow it down to a dozen entries (hence the half a day delay in posting the contestants, sorry to keep y’all waiting). We got a ton of top notch beat submissions and appreciate everyone who entered; some were really dope just a little too relaxed for a battle, some showed a lot of potential but needed a little refinement and someone had to be the tough 13th person who was super close to making it, so if you submitted and didn’t get in, definitely don’t think it was because your beats were wack. Big up everyone who entered, everyone who’s competing and best of luck to all of you tomorrow and in the future!!!

AG Flux

Al Kelly

Broken

Cliff Cage

Diles

DJ Matt Cassidy

DJ Paradox

DMD

Infamous Jones

Mikey Fresh

Rhyme Progression

Skizzaz Skullface

P.S. Don’t forget about The Solution Beat Workshop

WEDNESDAY, 2/26 from 5-7pm -> We’re excited to holding our first Solution Beat Workshop, featuring Chicago producer/MC extraordinaire Brandun Deshay (production credits include Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown, Casey Veggies, Curren$y, Dom Kennedy, Tanya Morgan & lots more), Denver favorite Big J. Beats and 2013 Solution Beat Battle winner DJ Spyda T.E.K. talking production techniques, creative processes, equipment and software, the business side of beatmaking, answering questions from the crowd and more before the battle gets going.  The focus will be intermediate and advanced techniques, but all ability levels are welcome.  The workshop is free with a $10 ticket to The Solution Beat Battle.

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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 #TheSolution7, Events, Guests No Comments

Wednesday, 2/26 from 5-7pm -> The Solution Beat Workshop w/Brandun Deshay, DJ Syda T.E.K. & Big J. Beats at Beauty Bar Denver! Free with a ticket to The 2014 Solution Beat Battle!!!

WEDNESDAY, 2/26 from 5-7pm -> We’re excited to holding our first Solution Beat Workshop, featuring Chicago producer/MC extraordinaire Brandun Deshay (production credits include Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown, Casey Veggies, Curren$y, Dom Kennedy, Tanya Morgan & lots more), Denver favorite Big J. Beats and 2013 Solution Beat Battle winner DJ Spyda T.E.K. talking production techniques, creative processes, equipment and software, the business side of beatmaking, answering questions from the crowd and more before the battle gets going.  The focus will be intermediate and advanced techniques, but all ability levels are welcome.  The workshop is free with a $10 ticket to The Solution Beat Battle.

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Friday, February 21st, 2014 #TheSolution7, Events, Guests No Comments

Wednesday, 2/26 -> The 2014 Solution Beat Battle w/special guests Brandun Deshay (Chicago), Fast Forw4rd, DJ Spyda T.E.K., Big J. Beats, DJ Low Key, Lazy Eyez & more at Beauty Bar! Catch a dozen of Denver’s top producers battling for the title & prizes!!!

WEDNESDAY, 2/26 -> UPDATE: We just added renowned Chicago producer/DJ Maker (of Qwel & Maker fame) to the bill! Still only $10.

Ahhh, February. You noticed right, that is the sound of fresh, new battle-ready beats you’ve been hearing out of basements and studios around the city as producers, beatmakers and instrumentalists get ready for The 2014 Solution Beat Battle at Beauty Bar Denver (608 E. 13th St)!!! Last year’s battle was a blast, with DJ Spyda T.E.K. edging out Cliff Cage and ten other ridiculously talented producers (recap here via HipHopRollCall.com) to take the 2013 title. This year a dozen producers will be battling for the crown, plus a ridiculous prize package featuring:

-$250 in Akomplice gear

-A $100 Zengo gift card

-$100 in gear from Family Affair

-An interview with internationally acclaimed site, PotholesInMyBlog.com

-A photo shoot with official Solution photographer Knower Of The Ledge

-A paid guest feature at an upcoming Solution Showcase & more TBA

The competition is always thick and the camaraderie is always off the charts, so head down early and catch Denver beat-making community shining on one of our favorite nights of the year. The main focus is on Denver’s scene and the battle, but we’re also excited to welcome some other ridiculous talent down for the night.

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Chicago’s own Brandun Deshay, who’s produced songs for everyone from Danny Brown to Chance The Rapper to Casey Veggies, on top of ripping mics on his own, will be back in Denver after performing at The Solution Showcase last year to rave reviews. He’ll be joined by brilliant one man band and musical genius Fast Forw4rd, 2013 Beat Battle winner DJ Spyda T.E.K. & Denver mainstay Big J. Beats in showcasing music for the crowd, while Solution residents DJ Low Key & Lazy Eyez hold down the turntables and hosting duties for the night.

$10 cover gets you into the battle & the afternoon’s Beat Workshop (details below). 21+ / More info on the battle & The Solution on Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/Instagram.

The Solution Beat Workshop

Wednesday, 2/26 from 5-7pm -> We’re excited to holding our first Solution Beat Workshop, featuring Chicago producer/MC extraordinaire Brandun Deshay (production credits include Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown, Casey Veggies, Curren$y, Dom Kennedy, Tanya Morgan & lots more), Denver favorite Big J. Beats and 2013 Solution Beat Battle winner DJ Spyda T.E.K. talking production techniques, creative processes, equipment and software, the business side of beatmaking, answering questions from the crowd and more before the battle gets going.  The focus will be intermediate and advanced techniques, but all ability levels are welcome.  The workshop is free with a $10 ticket to The Solution Beat Battle.

Producers, beatmakers, musicians & such, if you’d like to enter The 2014 Solution Beat Battle, here’s what you need to do by midnight on Sunday, 2/23.  Please send either:

-A soundcloud link to 3+ of your beats
or
-An e-mail with 3 beats attached
or
-A streaming link to a project you produced

and

-a photo of yourself (to be posted when the competitors are announced)

and

-a short bio

to:

thesolutionbeatbattle <at> denversolution (dot) com

No application fee necessary.  Once again, the submission deadline is Sunday, 2/23 at midnight.  Participants will be announced on Monday, 2/24.

#TheSolution7

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014 #TheSolution7, Events 1 Comment

#TheSolution7…7 events to celebrate 7 years of The Solution bringing Denver the best in hip hop & more…

Denver’s premier hip hop blog, Hip Hop Roll Call has the scoop on the entire month’s events for #TheSolution7, check it out HERE…

Producers, beatmakers, musicians & such, if you’d like to enter The 2014 Solution Beat Battle, here’s what you need to do by midnight on Sunday, 2/23.  Please send either:

-A soundcloud link to 3+ of your beats
or
-An e-mail with 3 beats attached
or
-A streaming link to a project you produced

and

-a photo of yourself (to be posted when the competitors are announced)

and

-a short bio

to:

thesolutionbeatbattle <at> denversolution (dot) com

No application fee necessary.  Once again, the submission deadline is Sunday, 2/23 at midnight.  Participants will be announced on Monday, 2/24.

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Friday, February 7th, 2014 #TheSolution7, Events, Guests 2 Comments

Meet DJ Spyda T.E.K., winner of the 2013 Solution Beat Battle and our featured producer for The Solution Showcase #14 on 4/24 at Beauty Bar Denver…

Back in February, DJ Spyda T.E.K. came into the 2013 Solution Beat Battle with an insane collection of beats and left the winner, beating out a group of ridiculously talented producers from Denver and beyond.  DJ Low Key recently talked to Spyda T.E.K. and learned more about the Colorado Springs producer/DJ who trekked up to Denver to claim this year’s title and a spot as this month’s featured producer at The Solution Showcase #14.

You won The 2013 Solution Beat Battle earlier this year; but you do a lot more, what all does Spyda T.E.K. get into?

Man, I’m a full time DJ, producer, dad, n seeker of all things relating to music. Just on a mission to let ppl know what I do is not some fly by night thing. This is all Ive been into since I could reach a turntable and a tape player (remember that! Haha)

There are quite a few different lanes you do venture into, you’re definitely not a one-genre dude…What types of music are you into making these days?

Yea I like a lot of different styles. I make some boom bap stuff, edm influenced trap, moombahton, electro…club influenced beats, n a little bit of r&b. I mean, anything I feel inspired by & dig, ill go into it. My heart lies with straight hip hop & EDM. Soundscapes I grew up with.

Sounds like it was a natural transition to DJing and producing…Which one of those came first and when was that?

I became a DJ officially when I was 10yrs old. Before that I was mixing maxi singles on two boomboxes. Hahaha. I didn’t start producing till about 2003.  I only started producing because I was without my setup for a while. I originally had an mpc 2000 XL then went to FL Studio because the process for chopping samples n stacking drums was a lot faster.

How does the mixing on two boomboxes work?

Uhhh…Haha. straight ghetto rigging the door of the deck so I can slow down the pitch. I haven’t done that in such a long time. I don’t know how I discovered that at 8yrs old. Crazy.

Do you still use FL (Fruity Loops) Studio?

Yea, FL Studio is all I use still to this day but im trying to feel out other DAWS to see what else I can do.

What do you prefer about FL Studio over other software/hardware options?

Well I haven’t used anything else since I first started other than the mpc 2000

What’s your beatmaking process normally like? What do you start with?

I just like the fast pace of producing in FL. If I have an idea I can just lay down the basics n go from there. I don’t know. Anything can start it. A sample, a drum, a melody…I try different things out n see how it works.

Was this year’s Solution Beat Battle your first time battling, at least as a producer?

This is my 2nd battle since being here in Colorado but that was a different type of battle. They were looking for more waka flocka trap style of beats.  Not the lane I typically like going into.

What was your approach to picking beats and preparing for the battle?

Preparing for the Solution battle was fun because I was familiar with what type of beats that fit within the concept. My goal wasn’t to win, just have my material exposed to the right audience. I just wanted my music to be heard n maybe someone would like em. The bad part was battling people I developed relationships with like Black Jordan Cliff Cage & Big J beats. It wasn’t easy doing that because I respect their work n the beats they bring to the whole element.

If winning wasn’t your focus, what did it feel like when you were announced as the winner?

Like I was straight up dreaming haha

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Also, do you feel like you exposed your music how you has hoped to? Have you notched any effects of that so far?

Definitely. Lots of these artists n producers I’ve known beforehand really only knew me as djing either Latin clubs or raves…Its not exactly screamin “hip hop” you know. I felt like they actually paid attention n respected what they heard afterwards.

That’s great to hear. What are you working on next?

I’m working on a project with Dj Dozen, another joint with Cliff Cage & HoTT, n a few cuts with L.A. Latin hip hop artist Solares, & a few joints on the EDM tip.

And what previous projects do you have that people can check from you online?

Honestly. projects I’ve worked on are all over the place but I try to keep some of my past projects n current ones up on my soundcloud.  Actually one project I can think of…I did a mixtape “DarkSide West” with this dude named Bad Guy Fly out in L.A. I produced the majority of it. It’s out there on the internet. I also did a joint with Planet Asia 2 years ago. Never released, but he played it for me over the phone one night. Lol. I’m still waiting to hear the final cut.

Catch Spyda T.E.K. rocking with legendary DJ RHETTMATIC of the World Famous Beat Junkies, Denver supergroup Fly4Wird, Solution co-founders DJ Low Key & Sounds Supreme and Welcome to the D.O.P.E. Game’s DJ Dozen for The Solution Showcase #14 on Wednesday 4/24 at Beauty Bar Denver (608 E. 13th St).  Check out more info on the showcase here.

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 Guests, The Solution Showcase No Comments

The 2013 Solution Beat Battle contestants…Catch them going head to head on 2/27 at Beauty Bar Denver, along w/special guests Exile & Johaz (aka Dag Savage), 2012 winner BK Beats, Fast Forward, Boonie Mayfield, DJ Low Key, Sounds Supreme & more…

Shouts to each and everybody who entered this year’s battle.  We got a ton of great entries, so many we had to take an extra day to give everything a few good listens and rounding out the lineup was like splitting hairs.  With that said, we’re super excited about this year’s lineup of top notch Colorado producers; they should make for crazy competition.  Here they are:

A-L

Spyda T.E.K.

Matt Cassidy

Grey Sinatra

Rhyme Progression

Babah Fly

Black Jordan

The Elemental Project

Selko

Big J Beats

Paul Junior

Marc Marcel

*To the producers who didn’t get picked to participate, for a lot of y’all the problem wasn’t that your beats weren’t dope, it was that you submitted mellower songs for consideration.  Entering a beat battle with mellow beats is always going to be tough and while not impossible, it does handicap your chances a lot from the jump.

Here’s the rest of the info on the event in case you missed the original post: WEDNESDAY, 2/27 -> It’s that time of year again.  #TheSolution6 is in full effect and The Solution Beat Battle is back for another year of ridiculous chops, club bangers, head nodders, face scrunchers, and all the other great varieties of beats you hear producers pull out for battles.  Just like last year, a dozen of Denver’s top producers will face off head to head to see who has the best beats in town for prize package including studio time at Denver’s premier record facility, Side 3 Studios, a $200 gear package from Acrylick, a paid guest feature at an upcoming Solution Showcase & more TBA.  As if hearing a dozen of Colorado’s top producers show off their A-game wasn’t enough, we’ve also packed out the bill with some amazing talent, check out the battle’s guest lineup:

Dag Savage (aka MPC mastermind Exile & MC Johaz)

2012 Beat Battle winner BK Beats (read his recap of it here)

Incredible one man band/DJ/singer/etc Fast Forward

CO production legend Boonie Mayfield on co-hosting duties

DJ Low Key & Sounds Supreme on the turntables & more

Beauty Bar Denver (608 E. 13th St) / 9pm / 21+ / $10 Cover.

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Above: Some footage of Exile’s set from his last Solution guest spot.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 #TheSolution6, Events, Guests No Comments

Wednesday, 2/27 -> The 2013 Solution Beat Battle w/special guests Exile & Johaz aka Dag Savage, 2012 winner BK Beats, co-host Boonie Mayfield, one man band DJ Fast Forward, DJ Low Key, Sounds Supreme & more at Beauty Bar Denver…

WEDNESDAY, 2/27 -> It’s that time of year again.  #TheSolution6 is in full effect and The Solution Beat Battle is back for another year of ridiculous chops, club bangers, head nodders, face scrunchers, and all the other great varieties of beats you hear producers pull out for battles.  Just like last year, a dozen of Denver’s top producers will face off head to head to see who has the best beats in town for prize package including studio time at Denver’s premier record facility, Side 3 Studios, a $200 gear package, a paid guest feature at an upcoming Solution Showcase & more TBA.  As if hearing a dozen of Colorado’s top producers show off their A-game wasn’t enough, we’ve also packed out the bill with some amazing talent, check out the battle’s guest lineup:

Dag Savage (aka MPC mastermind Exile & MC Johaz)

2012 Beat Battle winner BK Beats (read his recap of it here)

Incredible one man band/DJ/singer/etc Fast Forward

CO production legend Boonie Mayfield on co-hosting duties

DJ Low Key & Sounds Supreme on the turntables & more

Beauty Bar Denver (608 E. 13th St) / 9pm / 21+ / $10 Cover / Only $5 if you buy a pre-sale ticket at The Solution Showcase #13 on 2/22 or the Sound College x The Solution J Dilla Celebration on 2/24.

Producers, beatmakers, musicians & such, if you’d like to enter, here’s what you need to do by midnight on Sunday, 2/24.  Please send either:

-A soundcloud link to 3+ of your beats
or
-An e-mail with 3 beats attached
or
-A streaming link to a project you produced

and

-a photo of yourself (to be posted when the competitors are announced)

and

-a short bio

to:

thesolutionbeatbattle <at> denversolution (dot) com

No application fee necessary.  Once again, the submission deadline is Sunday, 2/24 at midnight.  Participants will be announced on Monday, 2/25.  Last but not least, here’s a little audio from last time Exile visited The Solution (along with DJ Day and surprise guests Tanya Morgan & Che Grand):

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#TheSolution6

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Sunday, February 17th, 2013 #TheSolution6, Events No Comments

Attention producers, beatmakers & musicians: The 2013 Solution Beat Battle is coming soon!!! Enter now, details below…

Coming soon -> Producers, beatmakers & such, it’s almost time to announce details on the follow up to 2012’s debut Solution Beat Battle, but we wanted to take a quick minute to give all of y’all producers an early heads up so you can start getting into battle mode before next month.  Just like last year, a dozen of Denver’s top producers will face off head to head to see who has the best beats in town, for a prize package and a slot as a featured producer at an upcoming Solution Showcase.  The 2013 Solution Beat Battle is taking submissions for competitors from now until Friday , February 15th.  No application fee necessary.  Please send either:

-A soundcloud link to 3+ of your beats
or
-An e-mail with 3 beats attached
or
-A streaming link to a project you produced

and

-a photo of yourself (to be posted when the competitors are announced)

and

-a short bio

to:

thesolutionbeatbattle <at> denversolution (dot) com

More info coming soon. Submission deadline is Friday, 2/15. Participants will be announced on Tuesday, 2/19.

#TheSolution6

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Friday, February 1st, 2013 #TheSolution6, Events No Comments

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