Just over the past weekend, I witnessed an event that has the potential to be something that can be extravagant and huge in time. [Beatsnchill], a Tampa based team founded by the multifaceted artist Derrick (HMTWN) and Keena have come up with the idea of Tampa Beat Weekend. A 3-Day event that is dedicated to producers. Its premise is to show love and appreciation to producers where in the music industry it’s not so appreciated as much as it should be. It gives producers (mainly Florida producers) a chance to connect with others and even music artists to spread their name out and showcase their art of creating sounds for the world. I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived to 2 out of the 3 of the events but I came back with something special where I felt that the city of Tampa needed for its creatives. It was just beautiful.
Tampa Beat Weekend is not just for producers though. Their very first event is simply a kickback. A day to meet different creatives that range from photographers, videographers and artists who paint beautiful canvases with vibrant colors and various complex themes. This was a collaboration with the Debonair District team, a brotherhood of creatives where they assist friends with their own business ventures as well as having a shirt printing warehouse. Across the walls of the warehouse there are amazing paintings by talented artists that immediately catch your eye with its mesmerizing images. There was also an open bar that I gladly took part in that night as well. Later that night [Beatsnchill] were able to bring A$AP P, the mastermind behind A$AP Mob’s hit record, “Bath Salts”, to perform a DJ set of music for the crowd. Who puts on a stellar set, playing a mixture of beats and bangers.
Tampa Beat Weekend also held a beat battle competition where Beat-makers would compete to take the crown of being the best producer. Witnessing this tournament, made a realization that there Florida has so many talented and skilled producers that have an exceptional ear from music. 808s hitting hard but with a satisfying warm feeling, snares that are crisp with the right amount pop to them while the instrumentations from these producers are sonically orgasmic.
[Beatsnchill] has put together a summit that is well needed for the city of Tampa and Florida. Bringing all beat-makers and creatives in one place was a dope scenery. I hope to see it become more known to the public eye and become one of the most momentous events in music history.