Written by Leo J
About 3yrs ago I decided to start a producer beat battle in Dallas. I had just wrapped up “We From Dallas” and through my research of the film, it was clear to me that our city had a long lineage and history of amazing producers in the DFW metroplex. I wanted to showcase some of the dope producers I knew were working hard. In the time since the beat battles have started, we’ve had over 150 producers from around the Southwest come in and rock with us. We’ve seen the producers of North Texas grow into an amazing community in that time. Out of all the producers one that I am most proud to have helped introduce to the Dallas producer community, is Sikwitit.
I had gotten a submission email from him with a youtube link of Sikwitit recreating beats in the middle of 6th street in Austin during SXSW. He was absolutely killing it. The music he sent over for his submission was dope as well but no one was ready for the onslaught of beats he was about to lay on our ears that night he competed. It was clear that this guy was something absolutely special and had his craft down to a tee. Fast forward to February 2016 and Sikwitit is preparing for his biggest beat battle yet. The charity event will be held on March 9th in LA titled, Water Battle. It is being produced by iStandard and Focus to help raise money and awareness for those in need of access to clean water around the globe. It features beat makers from all over the country split up into two teams, Team iStandard and Team 3dots. Team iStandard is represented by producers who have proven themselves through various iStandard showcases and battles throughout the country while Team 3dots features very familiar industry names who are proven hitmakers.
Sikwitit will be the only Dallas producer on the line up on this night which in itself, is super special. His last solo beat battle was in Dallas at Fresh Beats in April of 2014. His last showcase competition had him beat out 100’s of producers as the winner of the iStandard Beasts of the Beats showcase in November of 2014 in NYC. When we asked him why so long on the break of doing battles, Sikwitit said “I love beat battles but I stopped doing them cause I was ready for the next faze of my career which was placing records. When I found out about this though, there was no way I could pass it up. The platform is huge for me plus its for a great cause, I had to come out of retirement haha!” With this big of a stage it makes sense for him to do so. Who wouldn’t want to be one of the best against the best? When asked about being the only producer from Dallas, Siwitit said “It feels good to be able to represent Dallas the way I do. I feel I have a very unique platform and not a lot of people get these opportunities so I want to do my best and make them count all while hopefully being an inspiration to my fans and this awesome city.”
We also asked about his feeling towards iStandard and what they have been able to do for him as a producer, as well as others. Sikwitit said “I’m honored to be affiliated with an organization like iStandard. They are always doing things differently, creating a huge platform and always looking out for the producers first.” And that they have. iStandard has been holding Beat Camps, showcases, conferences, and battles across the country. They also have a great relationship with hardware/software companies that support producers globally which allows iStandard to make these DAWS and equipment available for producers to succeed. With that said the stage is set and the deadline is coming. Soon Sikwitit‘s sounds will be playing for some of the best producers in the industry for a great cause. As the date gets closer, we asked him how he feels about it all. Sikwitit said “Im doing two things I love, music & giving! It gets no better than that“. We can dig that. Be sure to peep some of his latest music below, and if you have a moment to donate to this wonderful cause/charity event, you can click here.
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