Big Tune FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Red Bull Big Tune?
Red Bull Big Tune is the nation’s premiere head-to-head producer battle and education outreach program established to showcase the musical talents of emerging as well as established music producers. Created by DJ/producer/emcee—Vitamin D and music manager/ program director Jonathan Moore in 2004, the program begins its 4th national tour this May. Videos from past events and photos of participants are available at on the photos and videos pages.

I want to compete. How do I apply?
Anyone with a passion for music and the beats to back it up can register online at beginning April 1, 2010. Twelve producers will be selected to compete in each regional battle. These 12 producers will be notified via email of their status one week prior to the event.

Can I apply for a battle in a city even if I don’t live there?
You can apply for a battle in any city on the roster. You just have to make sure you’re there on battle night.

I want to check out the live show. Does it cost?
Click on for venue information, age requirements and entry fee.

Where are the 2010 battles happening?
Red Bull Big Tune qualifying battles will be hosted in: Philadelphia, PA; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; Seattle, WA; Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO; Ann Arbor/Detroit, MI; and Virginia Beach, VA. Red Bull Big Tune national finals will be hosted in Chicago, IL. Check website for event dates.

Who are the judges?
No celebrity judges. No gimmicks. Red Bull Big Tune is inspired by Jamaican sound clashes where the audience/community decides who has the big tune and who goes home.

What’s the prize?
Beyond the national and regional exposure participants receive from each competition, the winner and runner-up from each qualifying battle will be flown to Chicago, IL to compete in the 2010 Red Bull Big Tune national finals. The national champion will be flown to Los Angeles, CA and given an opportunity to collaborate with an A-list recording artist of their choice at Red Bull Studios.

What became of the Red Bull Big Tune past winners?
Toronto-based Frank Dukes seized the 2009 Red Bull Big Tune title and is headed into Red Bull Studio to collaborate with Ghostface this spring. Dukes came in as runner up during the 2008 national competition. While he didn’t clench the title that year, his talent and performance got the attention of label executives which resulted in a song deal with G-Unit and three songs produced for rapper 50 Cent. Check in on Frank Dukes at

Millions of music fans tuned into BET and FUSE last year to watch 17-year-old C-Sick from Chicago seize the 2008 Red Bull Big Tune national championship. The soft-spoken high-school senior had an unforgettable experience working with legendary lyricist Nas. Together, they created the song “Film” which you can hear online at Keep up with C-Sick at

The 2007 prize recipient Brainstorm chose to work with Young Buck and penned the heavy-hitting “I Got You.” The Seattle-based rapper-producer and member of rap trio Dyme Def produced 3 songs on the group’s latest EP “Panic.” Dyme Def just wrapped their first national tour with New York-based rapper Saigon, and recently performed with Cool Kids and Pac Div. Get access to Brainstorm’s latest and greatest at

I need photos from the event for my blog, magazine or newspaper. Where can I get them?
Photos for media-use can be downloaded for free at Press information and interviews can be arranged by emailing


Big Tune FAQ