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Music / November 23, 2021

Lock into Gaptoof’s weekly show Left On Stream

Gaptoof by Malua Ni Chleirigh
Music / November 23, 2021

Lock into Gaptoof’s weekly show Left On Stream

Words: Dylan Murphy

The Soft Boy Records producer is cooking up beats live and direct every Tuesday with some of your favourite acts on Twitch.

Lockdown meant artists needed to get inventive. Like many others, Gaptoof turned to streaming. Having started a series of Instagram live beat making sessions, the livestreams took on a life of their own and the Soft Boy Records producer built a community of creatives online that tapped in every Tuesday to showcase their skills, trade ideas and big up the other producers in the stream.

Since then, he’s given the series a name and moved onto Twitch. ‘Left On Stream’ sees Gaptoof invite acts ranging from Loyle Carner collaborator Manic MC and rapper ATO to fellow Cork native Yenkee.

Centred around a weekly beat battle, a sample is set before each show and whichever producer flips the sample the best (as crowd voted) is crowned champion. Using samples sourced from TikTok and memes means Gappy can avoid copyright issues and simultaneously feed into the surreal ecosystem of the internet. Recorded in Qube studios in London, the series hopes to bridge the gap between the Irish and UK hip hop scene by pushing for collaboration between new and established artists.

Live on Twitch every Tuesday at 20.00, Left On Stream takes place again tonight and you can stream it here.

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