Beat Making Lab

Make beats and travel the globe. Everything you need is in the backpack.


  • Sampling w/ Flip Flops and Ski Beatz

    A man in Fiji hits a PVC pipe with a flip flop, and his sound meets a 17-year-old drummer.
  • Trapped In Paradise

    The Beat Making Lab crew meets Fijian rapper/producer Dave Lavaki (aka Mr. Grin).
  • Heartbeats of Fiji

    Ben searches for purpose, Masi follows a dream. Fiji Beat Making Lab brings them together.
  • Behind The Beat: First Beat Making Lab (2011)

    The first Beat Making Lab was launched at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Fall semester of 2011.
  • Mashup: National Anthems

    US National Anthem [Star Spangled Banner] + Black National Anthem
  • Walshy Fire [of Major Lazer] Wants Your Riddims

    Make a dancehall riddim out of our Kora sample.
  • Get Your Drums Right

    One of the cardinal rules of beat making is: start with sampled, not factory, drum sounds.
  • Health Worker Beat

    Ina, a Senegalese student, takes a field trip to an Intrahealth hospital to make a beat.

About Beat Making Lab

We build studios in cultural centers around the world and train youth musicians in the art of beat making. Follow our adventures with new episodes here every Wednesday. Find us on Facebook at beatmakinglab, or chat us up on Twitter @beatmakinglab.