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Held at the House of Blues(R) in Anaheim, California, BOSS hosted the final showdown
of its first-ever Loop Station World Championship. The event coincided with the 2011
Winter NAMM Show and attracted an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 1,000. The audience
was treated to a dazzling presentation of both technology and musicianship as the world's
top six loop artists used BOSS Loop Station pedals to perform fun, inventive, and mesmerizing
original compositions.

Throughout the latter half of 2010, BOSS embarked on a worldwide talent search for
the world's best loop artists by holding competitions in 12 different countries.
From thousands of video submissions, these countries chose six performers to compete
at the final events, with the winners of each earning a spot at the World
Championship in Anaheim, California. The 12 finalists competed in a semi-final round
at the NAMM show on January 13th, where six top finalists were chosen to perform the
next evening at the House of Blues.

Contestants at the semi-finals included The Duke of Loops (Peter Davidson) from
Canada; Bebertos (Albert Ilyasov) from Russia; Fii (Michael Krappel) from Austria;
Seu Zeba from Brazil; Dillian Fevry from Belgium; and Simone Vignola from Italy. The
six that moved on to the finals were Shlomo (Simon Khan) from the UK; Naoryu (Naoko
Otsuka) from Japan; Greg Bal from Hungary; Clara Lindsjö from Sweden; Philip
Stendek from the United States; and Hyperpotamus (Jorge Gustavo Ramirez-Escudero
Susaeta) from Spain.

On hand to judge the final championship event was Dave Navarro, guitarist for Jane's
Addiction and The Red Hot Chili Peppers; Steve Stevens, a GRAMMY(R) winner and
longtime guitarist with Billy Idol; April Malmsteen, president of Rising Force
records and wife and manager of Yngwie Malmsteen; Paul Youngblood, director of BOSS
Corporation; and Dub Fx, a world-renowned beatboxer and winner of the 2009 BOSS Loop
Station Championship in the UK.

The six finalists performed original live compositions about five minutes in length
using one or more BOSS RC-series Loop Station products, and could use whatever means
they wished ”voice, mics, musical instruments, etc” to create sound.

Simon "Shlomo" Khan from the United Kingdom was the evening's big winner, executing
an electrifying display of beatbox vocalizations and live loop manipulation using
just a mic, his voice, and a BOSS RC-50. After the contest, BOSS artist and guitar
legend Yngwie Malmsteen performed a spirited set with his band.

For a wrap up of the BOSS Loop Station World Championship, please visit:
http://www.bossus.com/boss_users_group/article.php?ArticleId=1217

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