Beatfox – Showcase | Sofar
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This week we spoke with Beatfox.
When you first started beatboxing what was the fundamental lesson you learnt and what advice could you give to someone just starting out?
When i first started beatboxing i had no idea that it was a thing, i started just making random noises as a kid. As i grew and adapted my own style i would say one of the most fundamental things is clarity, making sure your sounds are sharp and crisp. A little advice I would give is don’t be shy and create your own style.
You were recently in Rome with the Italian Beatbox Family and DeLaHaye TV, how did this come about and what was this experience like?
Italy was amazing, the journey stared out in Venice. I played Sofar Sounds gig in Undine then rented a car with DeLaHayve TV and we drove to Rome. DeLaHaye TV is my camera man and we are always working on random projects together. While in Rome we hooked up with Italian ‘Pushard’ and filmed a music video and obviously a beatbox freestyle (getting released on my youtube channel).
Meeting the Italian beatbox family was a real experience, they had set an event up for my arrival. We met about 15 beatboxers from Rome, some of their friends then went to a local bars function room. Once we had the mics plugged in and speakers up we jammed for around 5 hours with every one having a chance to show there styles. The level of beatboxing was really high and it had inspired me to keep running beatbox events in London.
You recently were a judge for the Beatbox Battles in Manchester, do you have any experience in battling yourself and if so what’s that environment like?
Judging is always fun and challenging, it was good to be involved in the Manchester Battles. I have battled in solo and tag team events. I have won The Midlands Beatbox battles and became the UK Vice Beatbox Champion twice. The environment is good, friendly but still very competitive.
You seem to travel a lot and are constantly gigging and must have some crazy nights performing! What’s been your favorite achievement to date?
I love to travel as much as possible with my work, why stay still? haha
I have to say my favourite achievement so far would have to be playing out in Brazil during the Olympics warming up for Nadia Rose and Chase and Status. A once in a life time experience partying with the British Olympians, it was definitely crazy!
If you could collaborate with any artist in the world who would it be and why?
I would love to collaborate on a project with Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, i work with The London Contemporary Voices who are a 50 piece choir. I think creating something that is fully powered by the human voice sounds amazing especially with a powerful soulful voice like Rag ‘n’ Bone Man on the solo. It would be epic!Facebook Twitter