August 29, 2013

BOSS RC-505 Demo with Angel Sheik

While Angela Sheik provided us with a great overview of the BOSS RC-505 tabletop looping station, we wanted to see it in action. In the video above Angela demos the RC-505 with her signature style, but also gives some insight into how she became a looping artist, what looping has done for her compositions and performances, as well as other loop artists that inspire her. If you are a loop artist or interested in becoming one, Angela has some great tips on what something like the BOSS RC-505 can do for you.

Angela was quick to prove why she was the 2011-2012 BOSS Looping Champion. She is quick to turn vocal beatboxes, hummed bass lines, and vocal melodies into performance pieces that lend themselves to fully formed compositions very easily. With influences like Imogen Heap and Massive Attack, it’s interesting to see and hear how Angela’s live looping has really developed into a genre all its own. Angela has a nice mix of jazz, pop, and ethereal electronica in her sound which really showcases the versatility of a loop station like the BOSS RC-505. 

Check out Angela’s performances above and let us know what you think of the BOSS RC-505. If you have any questions about this or other looping devices, feel free to ask in the comments below. To pick up a BOSS RC-505 for yourself, head on over to



 The truth is I was using a different loop pedal and I didn’t really like it. So I didn’t use it that much in my performances. It was clunky, and it never really landed on beat one, and my beats were never tight, so I rarely used it. But I was at a performance where I was using it, an electronic music festival, and a kind of older guy came up to me and he said, “You know for what you’re trying to do you should check out the BOSS RC-50,” at the time. I said, “Alright.” So I looked it up online and it just blew my mind. Three loops was insane! The ability to stop each one just gave me song arrangement possibilities that this other looper did not have. So I immediately switched over, stuck that other one, just sold it, and I have never looked back. And since the RC-50, the RC-300 came out and that added effects and a nice expression pedal. Once again my mind was just wide open. I felt a different kind of creativity, and songs were coming in for that loop pedal vs. any other instrument that I played. And it really felt like an instrument. It felt like I was learning to play something and it was giving me a creative outlet. Now this RC-505, again, is just different enough that I feel like a different style, a different capability, different songs coming out of it. Somebody pointed me to the artist Brenna Fitzgerald because she is a crazy multi-instrumentalist. She was using the RC-50 as well. She had entered this BOSS looping contest I saw on her YouTube page. I already had maybe ten, fifteen videos on there of me using just the loop pedal. Because I was just crazy about it at the time. So many songs were coming out of it. So I just changed the title, and submitted, and I ended up winning the BOSS 2011-2012 U.S. National Championship. It’s just been a great experience.
Some people that really influence me are Imogen Heap. I think she, she just impresses me with the way she approaches looping. She does some live looping and again I see her just once and a while pulling in another artist to play with, and then she’s looping by herself. I think her genre is Imogen Heap. It’s her name. What’s her genre? Pop? I don’t know. Howie Day. I think people who have or are more specifically in a genre, they’re mixing it up using loop pedals. I mean I’m into a lot of loop based music. I don’t know how they do it when they perform necessarily, but a band like Massive Attack will start with a really cool, just a little bit tweaked, guitar line and build an incredible song on that. So I’d say listen to them.
It’s very easy for me to rave about BOSS because their equipment is great. It’s crazy to say but it kind of changed what I do. Changed my life in a sense because it’s just a great tool. I think it helps that I’m a girl. You don’t see a lot of girls doing what I do and a little bit of a gear head. It’s a lot of fun. The looper replaced my musicians. But lately I’ve started to collaborate again. I miss the energy of having other people on stage and we’re looping together. Because, I don’t know, thats just my instrument right now and it’s been a lot of fun. It’s challenging at first but once you get over that learning curve, it’s really easy. You can do it and you can open up a lot of possibilities. The coolest thing about being a loop artist is as an artist you don’t want to get stuck having to collaborate. I think it’s really important for everybody to be able to do something solo if they want. One thing I was having a hard time, some of my stuff is a little weird, a little different. I was having a hard time delivering what my sound, what I wanted it to be and something that this unit has helped me with is just to put it together and share it with a stage. Sense I’ve been able to do that, the bass player, the drummer, the multi-instrumentalist who’s drawn to the style of music that I do, they’re responding to it. So it’s almost like I get to share my vision with people. Because I have all of these abilities, I can lay a bass line down, I can play keys and drums and just give you the basic idea, and the right guys, the right people have been coming out of the woodwork. So it’s been really cool collaboration wise. I think we’re all kind of watching each other and everybody’s doing something a little different. I definitely know who Dub FX is. I see what he does. Too Tall Paul. Seeing all the winners from these contests and I think it’s just a really creative time for this product and for looping in general.
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