BOSS Corporation U.S. recently held the U.S. National Finals for the Loop Station World Championship 3, its annual international competition for looping musicians. Seven talented artists competed at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, on October 20, 2012, with Super Tall Paul Newman coming out on top as the U.S. Champion. The victory earned him $3,000 in BOSS gear, plus the honor to represent the United States at the world finals during the 2013 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.
The U.S. looping finalists performed before a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges, including Billy Idol guitarist and Camp Freddy founder Billy Morrison; TAXI founder Michael Laskow; noted keyboardist and Chair of the Keyboard Program at MI Lisa Harriton; and BOSS/Roland guitar product manager Gary Lenaire. The event was also streamed live on the web on GuitarTV.com, with viewers offering real-time comments via Twitter.
Now in its third year, the BOSS Loop Station World Championship provides an opportunity for BOSS loop artists to showcase their musical talents on a global stage. Competitions are held in many different countries around the world, with the national winners going on to compete with each other at the international finals.
The seven U.S. finalists were chosen from hundreds of video submissions received by BOSS during the summer of 2012. Each performed an original composition by singing, playing various instruments, and creating live loops with a BOSS RC-series Loop Station product.
With an eclectic, spirited performance that featured beatboxing, ukulele, sax, flute, nose whistle, singing, and dancing, the Hollywood-based Newman won over the judges to grab the top spot. Second Place honors and $2,000 is BOSS gear went to Belgin Urgusu (aka DJ Berlin) of Baltimore, MD, while Third Place and $1,000 in BOSS gear went to Steven Cantor (aka HeaveN Beatbox) from Alpharetta, GA.
The other finalists included Vox Machina ("Mister Tim" Jones and Matt Murphy) of Longmont, CO; Robert Williamson of Dublin, GA; and Danny Watson of Cincinnati, OH.
In addition to seeing some unique and impressive looping performances, the in-house live audience had the opportunity to participate in a random drawing, with many members winning valuable BOSS and Roland gear throughout the evening.
Gary Lenaire, BOSS/Roland Guitar Product Manager, told Sonic State, "All seven contestants were amazing. Now Super Tall Paul Newman is off to the international finals in January 2013."