Soundset Series: Beyond the Music
Check out what else is going on at Soundset:
Last of the Record Buyers Production Showcase
Medium Zach and Brandon Allday of Big Quarters bring Last of the Record Buyers, an open session for local producers to showcase their beats for an audience, to Fifth Element every third Thursday, and the cream of that crop will get the chance to play their pieces in front of a significantly larger audience. Many times producers will see Soundset as an opportunity to go above and beyond, with live instrumentation and MPC demonstration both present last year. Anyone who ever told their Mom they didn't listen to the words should do themselves a favor and check out the slaps the talented instrumentalists will bring to the table. Expect plenty of head-nods and people going "Ohh shit!" as the focus draws away from the rhymes and toward the music's backbone.
Red Bull BC One Breakdancing Cypher
Boasting a 48 foot ramp and potential cash prizes, the Familia and DC sponsored Soundset Showdown brings skateboarding into the fray in a big way. Expect some impressive tricks and get to know your local skaters and skate shops. Minneapolis has been on the map for skate culture for some time, and this skate demo and trick contest is the perfect way to find out why.
4th Annual Soundset Slow and Low Custom Car Show
|Photo by Nick Vlcek|
Live Painting Exhibit
For many outside of New York at the birth of hip-hop, films like Wild Style or the documentary Style Wars were their introduction to a radical new art form, and graffiti was at the forefront of that exposure. Graffiti remains just as vibrant, provocative and dangerous as it was in it's early days, and seeing it unfold before your eyes is proof positive of why it will be forever powerful. It is attention-grabbing by definition, and to witness the action firsthand feels like much more than a visual experience. Last year's appearances from big name aerosol artists Pose, Risk, Ewok and Sever produced some truly amazing work (the BP goblins mural shown still hangs in the Fifth Element record store) and watching their mastery and technique remains a highlight. Don't miss this portion of the festivities.