What is hyperpop? That was certainly a question on many minds such as those of Charli XCX midway through 2020. As one of the most hyped up music trends in recent times, we’re just as curious ourselves.

One of the focal points of the genre has been the musical duo 100 gecs. Their incredulous rise is as crazy as 2020 itself, from going ballistically viral on TikTok to headlining a Minecraft festival. 100 gecs, arguably, are the undisputed trailblazers for hyperpop today.

So let’s go back to the question right at the very beginning – what exactly is hyperpop? To answer it in a paragraph is as immense as the genre itself, but we’ll give it a go. Hyperpop is an eclectic, mishmash genre that draws elements from trance, EDM, hip hop, and this list is by no means exhaustive! The vocals are usually heavily auto-tuned and the beats are often glitched out, filled with extreme pitching and warping synths.

If there’s one thing to take away from the genre and 100 gecs’ music – because of its extremely unorthodox approach to production, anyone with a computer or phone can create a hyperpop hit. All you need is a DAW like BandLab, which happens to be completely free, and is available on both mobile devices and your web browser.

In this video tutorial, we try our hands at this insanity by attempting to recreate a hyperpop beat in the style of the experimental duo 100 gecs. See if you can keep up.

If you’re inspired by the 100 gecs style beat we created, you can fork the beat below.

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