For six years, Jay Brookinz has provided local producers with a platform to showcase their beat-making abilities, but never before has the esteemed Indianapolis artist's event reached a stage quite like this.
On Saturday, 16 producers will unleash their meticulously crafted beats at the Vogue, going head-to-head in the 6th Annual Jay Brookinz Beat Battle. Each participant in the competition will present their work in front of an eager audience, with a panel of judges scoring them on creativity, technicality/production and what Brookinz calls "the nod factor."
In orchestrating these contests over the years, Brookinz has held to the same mission of showcasing the unique art form of production to larger and larger audiences.
"I think it's kind of given producers, who are naturally people that are more behind the scenes, more of a way to display their personality," Brookinz says. "These are artists too, they just don't speak with words — they speak with music."
The organic growth of these beat battles is something Brookinz attributes to continued community support.
"I'm proud to say that its been fueled by local people, local talent, local love," he says.
In looking forward to his strongest talent pool yet, the producer extraordinaire hopes that his event can continue to spotlight Indy's beat-making brilliance, ultimately reaching larger audiences in the process.
"I want this to be something that is going to be so big that we can attract attention from everywhere," he says. "There are no slouches in these battles. These cats know what they're doing. I just want people to take notice of it and get behind it and support it."
Interlaced throughout the battle are sets by Pope Adrian Bless, Maxie (Young Tone), Sirius Black and Grey Granite, plus a special guest set by DJ Topspeed.
Below, we've rounded up the competitors in Saturday's battle at the Vogue, each with brief explanation by Brookinz about why he picked them.