Roland has announced the #SPBeatTape social campaign as part of 404 Day, celebrating the Hip-Hop beat scene.

Roland SPBeatTape Dibiase

#SPBeatTape is a global beat making contest centered around Roland’s SP family of powered portable samplers, such as the current model Roland SP-404A.

To get in on the 404 Day fun, Roland is calling all SP beat makers and producers to participate by submitting their own tracks made with any Roland SP Sampler.

A handpicked artist panel featuring Just Blaze, Dibia$e, Bad Snacks, STLNDRMS, Gene Brown, and Iman Omari will select a total of sixteen artists to be featured in the first-ever Roland SP Beat Tape.

Roland SPBeatTape

The lucky winners, whose stories and music will be featured on Roland’s social channels, will also receive an exclusive, curated SP-404 prize pack including a ultra-limited SP-404 faceplate and custom cassette tape designed by Justin Smith (aka Lil’ Zen Ten, @TheCitizenTen) not available to the general public, as well as custom artwork from @Zomkashwak available as numbered screen prints.

In support of the campaign, Roland will host a livestream masterclass and performance with underground beat legend Dibia$e on April 18th, 2020 at 2pm PDT. Dibia$e will highlight his own SP-404 techniques to help spur new ideas and creative approaches, also incorporating the Roland MC-101 to show how to expand the performance format.

Roland’s #SPBeatTape Contest is running until May 5th, 2020, with winners announced on May 12th.

More information: Roland