Congrats to all teams and respect to the #WBBC committee for always pushing the boundaries with competitions!
The win by JVD is excellent for the UK bhangra scene as well. The win this year is not surprising considering they wow'ed so many people last year as well. Hopefully this will allow even more teams to spring up & even more competitions to take place in England.
I simply request the UK teams and fans to remain humble.. it's not like everyone started from scratch here. We all had a lot of influence. Overall, we should be happy that bhangra is spreading across the globe more rapidly and teams from all over the place are getting so much better.
Anyway, looking forward to reading some competition reviews & seeing the #GTV videos!
Your singer was a treat to hear. Jasraj did great job on dhol.
Dancers did an excellent job in terms of execution, maintaining consistency in dancing style overall, and energy.
For a live performance, I enjoyed the choice of classic boliyan.. the choreography fit really well.. and you guys did a good job of varying up the formations. The ending could have been a tad stronger (imho), but I enjoyed your set and I can see why this placed.
Thank you for taking the time to post this up Sid! Amazingly detailed and well put together.
Would love to read more reviews - either from those that attended the show or dancers.
By the way, did Ram practice dhol with your team a lot to where he just knew the beats for the songs you used? That's definitely clutch and requires a lot of skill to play live when you're used to just playing over a song's beat (like most music-team dholis generally do). As Swi said on fb, chant of the night MVP.. is Ram V
Thank you for detailed review of the competition Sonny! This always helps teams, organizing committees, and gives bhangra fans a perspective of what it was like.
Really wanted to make it down to R2B2 this year to support the teams & competition, but unfortunately I had other priorities (growing up sucks!).
Along with reviewing the events, it would be great to add in critiques that could help other teams out too (like general statements of what you liked/could use improvement from other teams that you saw compete).
There are handful of bhangra teams that attended this year, so it would be great to hear from more dancers! Please comment guys.
Congrats to the placing teams & ty R2B2 committee for putting in the hard work to organize this Texas competition.
Also, if practically anybody searched the Media Center, there has been a lot of content shared by other individuals over time.. it just might be a bit more buried (in other words, you'll have to search for specific things).
Honestly, I think there are a lot of files out there already out there if a new mixer is really searching for it on on BTF/Google/etc. As far as tips/hints, if you want to compile a compilation of what's currently out there, we could consider pinning that as well - but I think that's part of the entire learning process.. not everything is going to be spelled out for you nor is someone going to take your hand and walk you through everything Your ability to search for content & use tutorials from various places is a big part of being an "online DJ."
I don't mind offering some quick feedback on BTF (when I have the time), but a lot of the mixes just sound so much of the "same." Maybe that's part of the reason why people may hesitate to share their loops/samples/etc as much as mentioned by the OP (shwinerz).
There are often a lot of the same big mistakes being repeated over & over again.. like if one goes through other mixing topics on BTF where people have commented, you can listen to someone's mix and read over the comments people have provided. That alone should help you improve on the major ideas.
As much as I agree with everyone that practice makes perfect (making a ton of mixes is always good), I also believe that implementing a lot of what you learn (i.e. via websites, youtube tutorials,etc) and continuously pushing yourself to have a distance/unique sound is very important. Who cares if not everyone loves every part of your mix - the whole point is to push your mixing ability and display your creativity.
I was hoping the BTF Mixing Ladder that we had allowed some DJ's to get more exposure, show their creativity, and get some feedback along the way. It definitely required a bit more "hustle" since DJ's/mixers only had about a week to come up with something.. but maybe if we can get the monthly mixing contest going (go Swi go! ), which might be better suited for BTF because there won't be as much "administrative" work like we faced with the previous mixing ladder.
Anyway, there are lot of great comments stated by the individuals above, so I don't want to sound like a broken record. Hope this helps.
This is great Elite Entertainment team! I especially liked the Elite 8 mini-interview with Waldo as you guys asked a lot of great questions -- please do MORE of this type of stuff because it greatly appeals to all those that keep up with the bhangra circuit in North America.
Also, really loved that you guys played the mixes of the winning teams that won Elite 8 in the past, but just a small suggestion: it would be great if you gave the mixers some credit. After all, they the talented individuals behind the scene that makes our ears orgasm
Looking forward to you guys sharing more episodes on BTF,
Many Australian teams are developing stronger sets quite quickly - I always love to see new teams as they make their mark. Similar to the U.K. teams, I don't think teams in Australia will face as big of a learning curve as teams here in North America.
As Prabhzy stated, this is excellent for the global bhangra scene. I thought Bhangra Down Under did an excellent job for only it's second year as a competition.
Very excited for this new competition - it's very much needed in Australia. Good luck to the committee - hope it's a big success!