After a short hiatus, the Miltown Beat Down is back for its 9th year of battles.
The 9th annual beat battle will again be held in downtown Milwaukee on Thursday nights in September and October. The 2014 finals are scheduled for November 8th at the historic Miramar Theater on Milwaukee’s east side.
CALLING ALL PRODUCERS and BEAT MAKERS!
Sign Up! Fill out this form…
Create an original beat using sounds recorded in the city of Milwaukee….
Download this SOUNDS OF THE CITY SOUND PACK.
The beat must be no more than 60 seconds long. The beat must utilize no less than 4 samples from the selected folder, but may use more if you like.
Once your beat is complete, send the new composition and two other original beats. Feel free to send us links to your Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Website or any other place you host your music. Email the three beats ( or a link for us to get the 3 beats ) to email@example.com NO LATER than August 22nd 2014 at 11:59pm.
We will review ALL the submissions and select the 32 competitors on the weekend of August 23rd.
If you have any questions about send us your registration, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the 9 year history of the Miltown Beat Down, we have traditionally held this event in the later winter / early spring. Here in 2014, I have been asked to perform Gabriel Prokofiev’s CONCERTO FOR TURNTABLES in Toronto and Chicago.
With three separate performances in January, March and April, this makes hosting the battle in Milwaukee next to impossible.
With that being said…
We will host this year’s event in the early Fall, after the madness of Milwaukee’s summer is over. We will email all who register with dates, once they’re secured. Those who pre-register will get preference when we select the 2014 contestants.
Thanks Milwaukee! I love doing this event, and I’m so happy it’s got the support of such a great group of producers and fans!
And the beat goes on…
- Jordan “Madhatter” Lee
After 2 months of battles, it’s time for the 2013 Miltown Beat Down Finals!
This year we return to the historic Turner Hall Ballroom, in beautiful downtown Milwaukee. The night features a action packed schedule of performances and battles. Legendary Producer / DJ Shadow will grace the stage as our 2013 guest of honor. His body of work continues to inspire music fans and DJs young and old. There are few DJs who stand the test of time through their innovative ways of music productions. However DJ Shadow continues to set standards falling into the exception rather than the rule in today’s electronic music frenzy.
“Few D.J.’s have such a tactile way with rhythm, and still fewer have the disposition to harness that rhythm to such moody atmospherics.“
- NY Times
“DJ Shadow is a sort of sonic Merlin: He’s known and revered for his buoyant beats, hypnotic loops and dark textural expanses, but he leads listeners to places where a nightlight, and even sunlight, can be glimpsed.”
“His soulful, dense, addictive and slamming instrumental hip-hop brought together rap heads, metal kids, indie fans and dance music lovers… Put simply, a genius at work.”
Doors Open at 7:00pm
7:00-8:00 DJ BIG ONCE
8:00 *hitmayng vs Pay Dirt Productions
8:15 Auggie vs. Bubba
8:30 JazzWard vs. McThree
8:45 Klassik vs. 40 Mil
9:00 KID CUT UP
9:45 Battle A vs B
10:00 Battle C vs D
10:15 FINAL BATTLE
11:00 DJ SHADOW ALL BASES COVERED DJ SET.
Tickets are $25 at the door, and $20 in advance. You can purchase tickets HERE.
Our final night of preliminary battles, went down as our best. 2009 Miltown Beat Down Champion AD LIB made his triumphant return to the Jackalope Lounj, 4 year battle veteran TRADEMARK was back and the “Peoples’ Champ” 40 MIL had his eyes on the prize. We had high expectations for these vets, but we were all amazed with the quality beats we heard from WILD CARD BATTLE winner and Miltown Beat Down rookie, MILES HIGH MAJOR.
Here is our recap :
BATTLE OF THE YEAR: 40 Mil  vs TradeMark 
Adlib  vs MilesHighMajor 
TradeMark  vs Adlib 
TradeMark  vs MilesHighMajor 
40 Mil  vs MilesHighMajor 
40 Mil  vs Adlib 
Just look at these scores! No producer scored under 410, out of a perfect score of 495! What a great night of battles. All of these producers should be commended for their hard work and amazing music.
See you at the 2013 finals with DJ SHADOW at Turner Hall Ballroom.
The 7th round of battle in the 2013 Miltown Beat Down brought a lot of surprises and a ton of great beats. The night featured MTBD veterans Goodwill and Klassik, battling freshmen Lynd-Oh and Allerain. A battle for the books, we had some great moments in this round of competition.
This battle really came down to the scores. Many of our judges were in disagreement with who the victor was in each of these battles. As you can see by the point spread below, it came down to a few marks on many of these battles. It was a very good night of competition.
Here is our recap:
GoodWill  vs Lynd-Oh 
GoodWill  vs Allerian 
Klassik  vs Lynd-Oh 
Lynd-Oh  vs Allerian 
Klassik vs Allerian 
Klassik  vs GoodWill 
We saw a lot of “Bizzon Faces” during this night of battle! BIG UP to Allerian, for bringing us this moment here…
Oooooh weee. That’s a hot beat right there…
Klassik will compete in the 2013 finals, May 3rd, at Turner Hall Ballroom.