Boss launches 2nd Loop Station World Championships

(ShackMan | Posted 2011-06-03)

Boss launches 2nd Loop Station World Championships

They did it last year, and now it's time to start it all over again. BOSS® Corporation is excited to announce the BOSS Loop Station World Championship 2, the second annual search to find the world’s top looping artist. Guitarists, bassists, beatboxers, vocalists, violinists, drummers, keyboard players, and looping musicians of all sorts are invited to start by submitting a video performance using any BOSS RC-series looping product. The result could be a trip to the U.S. finals in Hollywood, California, where the top looper will earn $3,000 in BOSS gear and a spot in the international championship at Musikmesse 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Open Competition will last from June 1, 2011 — August 31, 2011.

Contsetants are asked to upload a live performance video using any BOSS RC-series Loop Station product to (video must be five minutes or less). Second, visit and fill out the entry form. Entries will be judged and selected by BOSS, who will evaluate the creativity, musicianship, stage presence, and technical skill of the looping performances.

So make sure to practice your technique, and as I always say, stay creative and keep experimenting. Don't get lost in your guitar and forget to smile for the camera either! Get all that together in a new original package complete with all your awesomeness and you could be one of six to win a trip to...

The U.S. Finals — October 22, 2011

The top six entries from the Open Competition will be flown in to compete at the BOSS U.S. Loop Station Finals 2 at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Performances will be judged by a panel of music industry insiders. No word as to just who will be judging just yet, but you can bet one of the BOSS executives will be there along with some serious industry talent. I mean, Jeff Baxter (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) showed up last year, and this year is fixing to be bigger than the last for sure.

Of course you want to know about the prizes, too. Well, here they are, and there is no shortage of tantalizing little gems to whet your whistle.

Prizes include:

  • 1st Prize — $3,000 in BOSS gear; trip to the international championship
  • 2nd Prize — $2,000 in BOSS gear
  • 3rd Prize — $1,000 in BOSS gear
Man, I'd be happy with even $100 in Boss gear, let alone $1,000. But as my favorite television programming always says, "Wait, there's more!" You haven't forgotten that there's another round to this, have you?

The International Championship — Musikmesse Frankfurt, March 2012

The cream of the crop. The elite beyond the elite. These are the best of the best. They are the top of the top of the class. I'm blanking on any more let's move on. The winner of the U.S. Finals will represent the United States in the BOSS Loop Station World Championship 2 in Frankfurt, Germany, challenging the winners of other Loop Station competitions held around the globe.

Again, I'm sure there will be no shortage of amazing talent on the judges panel, just as much as on the stage. Boss is simply saying that you'll be treated to a panel of "music industry insiders." Which is a cute little phrase that means...well, just about anyone and everyone is a possible future judge. More info on that as soon as it is made available. Now about those prizes for the World Championships...

Prizes include:
  • 1st Prize — $3,000 in BOSS gear
  • 2nd Prize — $2,000 in BOSS gear
  • 3rd Prize — $1,000 in BOSS gear
Now the contest rules are simple in the US. You have to be a citizen. You have to use a Loop Station. And you have to submit a video on YouTube. The end. For those who may be confused, if you don't enter, there's a pretty good chance you won't win, so get cracking on those looped tunes!

To enter the U.S. division of the 2nd BOSS Loop Station World Championship, please visit:

James Rushin is a bassist, keyboardist, writer, and composer living and working in the Greater Pittsburgh area. He has performed with Selmer artist Tim Price, Curtis Johnson, guitarists Ken Karsh and Joe Negri. His compositions have been featured in and around Pittsburgh, at West Virginia University and Valley Forge Christian College. He is currently performing with singer-songwriter/recording artist Ben Shannon, whose music can be found at .

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