Earlier this month the UK Beatbox Championships held its 10th anniversary event. Among the competitors this year was top UK beatboxer BeatFox.
Describing himself as more bass than brains, more beats than a boxer; this young Londoner creates something of a stir wherever he goes thanks to his souped-up boombox tricycle.
After the event BeatFox dropped into the THTC studio. Whilst there he donned one of our new tees and dropped an implosive video of his famous bass tones and robotic whistles.
When we saw it we were seriously impressed and needed to know more. So we spoke to the man himself to discuss the art of vocal percussion, eco-friendly clothing and cannabis.
So BeatFox how did you start beatboxing?
I started beatboxing at a very young age. Always making random clicks and noises since I was a kid then it pretty much evolved into beatboxing. I was 14 when I found out that beatboxing was actually a real thing!
What or who is your main influence?
My main influence would have to be the beatbox scene itself. It started as me wanting to create a name for myself and now it's about the positivity that the art form creates. Also another influence would be the rate that everyone nowadays is progressing. You have to keep up to stay relevant!
Is the beatbox scene competitive?
Yes, you hear a sound and you automatically try and recreate it. Also with the battles it’s a really good challenge to see how you react on stage and how well composed you are. Generally it’s a family vibe so battles are a good way to get you out of your comfort zone!
When you perform, what experience are you trying to create for your audience?
I would say that I'm trying to show them how diverse the human voice box can be. I freestyle a lot in my shows. As I do certain routines I see what the crowd likes and create music to their reactions.
Could you share with us any highlights from your career so far?
I've warmed up for Snoop Dogg and been passed one of his blunts! Toured with Jessie J and played at some of the UKs biggest festivals. I’ve also travelled the world doing what I love.
We loved the video from the @THTCClothing studio, what is your take on hemp/eco-friendly clothing?
I think it's really good, it lasts ages and it generally doesn't shrink like cotton does! It's a bonus to get a decent print on top!
We see you like our Freedom Underground T-shirt, which is your favourite cannabis strain of choice at the moment?
I love my Kush, right now I'm loving DNA’s Chocolope Kush!
Click the video below to see BeatFox lay it down co-articulation style, with pulsating sounds as powerful as a piston. If you like the T-shirt BeatFox is wearing in the video or photos above you can get yours here.