Reverb's Holiday Mystery Box Challenge

What’s in the box? We’re spicing up the season with a sense of childlike wonder by sending some wild musical surprises to a handful of our favorite artists—and to you, too, if you’re up to the challenge.

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What's the Holiday Mystery Box Challenge?

The premise is simple: We shipped out some of the wildest, coolest gear on Reverb to a roster of total pros. They have no idea what instrument they’ll be receiving—and they boldly promised to film themselves learning how to play whatever showed up in that box.

We’ll be sharing their Mystery Box adventures on social media throughout the rest of the year.

And guess what? You can replicate their thrilling journey by taking a chance on your own Mystery Box—and supporting the future of music in the process.

How Can You Participate?

Starting on November 4, a limited quantity of affordable Mystery Boxes will be listed on Reverb every week, each one containing a quality instrument from an amazing independent builder.

Grab a mystery box yourself here—and keep your eyes on Reverb’s Instagram— for your next chance to get in on this festive fun.

What’s more—a donation equal to the amount of money raised from this project will be donated to Brooklyn-based youth music education organization Willie Mae Rock Camp (via Reverb Gives) to support and inspire the next generation of music makers.

SuperKnova

NYC-based SuperKnova infuses her signature pop with hypnotic electronic drums, searing synth lines, and jaw-droppingly shreddy guitar solos. So what happened when we asked her to incorporate the prickly sonic surprise from this Mystery Box?

Learn more about SuperKnova’s Mystery Box instrument here.


Celisse

Multi-instrumentalist Celisse is renowned for her soulful guitar playing and her powerful pipes. And we definitely took the latter into account when we matched her up with this particular Mystery Box Challenge...

Learn more about Celisse’s Mystery Box instrument here.


Kaelin Ellis

Producer and multi-instrumentalist Kaelin Ellis is always game for a challenge. He regularly gives his social media followers a glimpse into his track-building process by posting bite-sized video gems to Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. For his Mystery Box Challenge, we surprised Kaelin with one of the most popular items on Reverb...and he surprised us right back with the exploration below.

Learn more about Kaelin’s Mystery Box instrument here.


Dayglow

Sloan Struble (better known to fans as Dayglow) made a massive impact in the past couple years with his fresh and feel-good indie rock flair. So what happened when we tracked the intrepid Texan down on his 2021 tour and surprised him with this Mystery Box Challenge?

Learn more about Dayglow’s Mystery Box instrument here.


Gnarly

British producer and finger-drummer extraordinaire Gnarly is a whiz at crafting beats and sparking inspiration in the music tech realm, often equipped with her trusty Maschine+. But what happens when she gives a spooky new mystery machine a whirl?

Learn more about Gnarly’s Mystery Box instrument here.


Curtiss King

Multi-faceted music maker Curtiss King wears many hats. Producer, beatmaker, plugin creator, educator, motivator, mentor, and many, many more. But today he’s a student of the Mystery Box and the playful surprise awaiting him inside...

Learn more about Curtiss King’s Mystery Box instrument here.

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