IT COMES FULL CIRCLE
As BBM progressed, producers who were once teenagers competing in battles came back as guest judges. Boi-1da, T-Minus, WondaGurl, Jordon Manswell, FrancisGotHeat and Bijan Amir were now either Grammy Award Winning, Diamond Selling, Multi-Platinum and/or Platinum selling producers. It was incredible to see how they circled back to support the next generation of producers. Other legendary judges included Just Blaze, Mannie Fresh, !llmind, The Heatmakerz, Kesha Lee, Southside and Mike N Keyz. Additional judges during this time included: Mellenius (Tone Mason), Y-Not (SoundSmith), 2Rude (Rudimental), Gigz, Tona, Mel Boogie and Sean ‘Bluu’ Watson. This list barely scratches the surface of the legends who were responsible for inspiring a whole generation and bringing new trends in the global marketplace, while also moving into executive positions beyond just being producers.
We had a total of five battles take place during the latter years. The crowds continued to expand and our reach was taking us around the globe. Because of this global exposure, producers in the competition were coming from all across Canada, Russia, Europe, USA, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Australia and various parts of Asia. The stage was set for us to take the show on the road with plans to hit Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, New York, London and as far as Asia and Africa.
From 2015 on, all the winners of the battles came from outside of Toronto. Producers continued to earn cash, an increased amount of software and hardware equipment, global bragging rights, all expense trips to Los Angeles, collaborations, beat sales and deal offerings.
A few notable names include Young Martey, Chase Wav, Bennie D, Lucyclubhouse, UNKWN, GoldRush, Picasso, Sarcastic Sounds, MYYA, Bombay, Little Sister, C-Sharp, Flames Emoji Beats, Denise Deion, Krptic Beats, Question, 10A, Dylan Kusch, Jandre, Eli Brown, Junior Beats, Akeel and SoundProof.
Because of this increased participation, we were able to expand to incorporate a stronger educational component, with more workshops tailored to the business side of the industry (contracts, sync, licensing, streaming, royalties, split sheets, etc), as well as keynote addresses, live demonstrations, one-on-one mentoring and more deal offers.
TORONTO SOUND BOOK
The founder of Battle of the Beat Makers launched Vol. 1 of his memoir, Toronto Sound, to document the story of how Battle of the Beat Makers came to be and how a Toronto- based competition would grow to influence and inspire producers and music culture around the globe. Buy a copy here.