BEAT & SCRATCH CHAMPIONSHIP
We are delighted to announce a new addition to our festival concept, the Vocal Scratch Tournament. This category is open to all vocal DJs and human turntable imitators worldwide who have a passion for showmanship and can emulate scratching and special FX sounds. There have been no preliminary decisions made for this newly created discipline, so we welcome all old-school pioneers of the past twenty years and creative new-school artists to qualify for participation in this competition. We believe there are numerous legendary beatboxers who have the potential to win this iconic title. We anticipate that the scratching contest will be a thrilling and highly entertaining aspect of the 20th anniversary event legacy. Whether you are an experienced beatboxer or a newcomer to the scene, we encourage you to take part in the wildcard qualifying and win one of the 20 stage slots.
PERFORMANCE BUILD UP
All 20 qualified wildcard winner must perform on stage in a-cappella style, with no accompanying rhythm or background music. The artists are free to unleash their creativity, as long as they maintain a continuous beat with interesting scratching breaks and effects passages during their performance. The focus should be on the remixing and clean execution of the rehearsed scratching passages in combination with various drum beats, melodies, baselines and sound effects. The jury committee will pay attention to the cleanliness of the scratch and drum creation and the musical interpretation of your own compositions or cover songs. The type of scratching is free and subject to the creativity of the respective artist. Any type of voice samples, such as machine sounds, industrial noises, motor engines and of course imitating vintage vinyl record scratch effects are allowed.
The order of occurrences of the competitor for the first round will be drawn in advance by a raffle. All artists must show a 120 seconds elimination round on stage then. The jury committee will evaluate all music sets according to the official competition criteria: precision, creativity, musicality, technique, showmanship. Each competitor will be awarded a rating of 1-10 points per judging criterion. The eight participants with the highest placement will compete against each other in the face-to-face battle rounds of the quarterfinals, each with 2 x 90 seconds in the question and answer principle. Then the tournament continues in the same scheme with the semi-finals and final round, where the winner will be crowned as vocal scratch world champion.