Beardyman is awesome. . . . After winning the well renowned Lyric Pad Beatbox Battle twice in 2004, he went on to win the title of London champion and UK runner up in the 2005 Championships and the following year became UK Beatbox Champion 2006. He successfully defended his title in June 2007 to become the first beatboxer in UK history to win the national championships twice in a row. He will represent his country in the next World Beatbox Championships (Date to be announced.)
His first musical venture was writing a symphony for his school orchestra at the age of ten. At fifteen, an introduction to drum 'n' bass led to his long-standing obsession with music technology. Now, in his live shows, as well as world-class solo human-beatbox, he uses cutting-edge sound-mangling technology to create dance-inducing layered rhythms, breath-taking soundscapes, fully produced songs and tunes, all improvised and created entirely from his voice. In Beardyman's shows, no pre-recorded material is used, and everything is created live and in real time in front of the audience, who he takes on a mind-bending journey from dumbstruck to dancing and back again. His unique ablity to get any crowd going bonkers has seen him play huge stages ranging from legendary drum 'n' bass rave 'Slammin Vinyl' to the gigantic childrens concerts Young Voices which tour the largest indoor stadiums in the country.
Since starting to play out in 2001 Beardyman has shared stages with the likes of Andy C, Marky, Skibbadee, Shy FX, Skibadee, Grooverider, Nextmen, Groove Armada, Jazzy Jeff, Skinnyman, Terra Firma, Foreign Beggars, Phi-Life Cypher, Blondie, and the Freestylers, the Guillimots, Bill Bailey, Blondie, Sly and the Family Stone to name quite a few, and has acted as compere for a huge variety of events all around Europe, including the Graz Hip hop festival in Austria, the basketball arena at the Earls Court Urban Music Festival and the Love Box main stage, in front of 40,000 people. He hosted 'The Freestyle Show' on Get Lucky TV from 2004 to 2005 with Klum-Z-Tung, the mind-bogglingly quick-witted freestyle-MC, with whom he performs as the Gobfathers. Once described as 'the Fat Boys on acid', their freestyle antics regularly send crowds all over the UK and Europe raving mad and gagging for more.
Whilst continuing to tour and record for forthcoming releases, he finds time to co-run the ground-breaking night, 'Battlejam' with 2003 Vestax Champion and 2007 UK DMC champion JFB in his home town of Brighton. 'Battlejam', now in its 17th month is having to find larger and larger venues to house itself in, having earnt a reputation as the freshest night in town, fusing Hip Hop, Breaks, Reggae, Ragga, Dancehall, Jazz, Funk and Drum 'n' Bass into one sweaty but uplifting experience. It is now at the prestigious Audio on brighton sea front and Cargo in London, incorporating a different set of guest musicians and freestyle MC's each month. Everything at Battlejam is completely improvised. This is made possible by their unique use of newly developed live-sampling technology 'Serato Scratch-Live', allowing levels of crowd participation and never before possible, JFB and Beardyman often sampling the crowd and scratching them into the madness.
Beardyman has made guest appearances on Radio 1, Radio 3, Kiss FM, and Kerrang Radio, and is currently working on a Half hour documentary feature for Radio 4 in which he explores the topic of sonic mimickery in the animal world.. no jokes. He has been featured on MTV's "best show ever" and was co-erced into taking part in the BBC1 flagship, saturday-night variety disaster, "When Will I be Famous" hosted by Graham Norton, during which he and Graham got very close, but grahams not returning his calls. . . Beardyman doesnt know why. . . but he still thinks about graham . . . . . ohhhh. .. graham. . . so tender, so gentle, yet so firm and commanding. mmmmmmm.
Beardyman's commercial debut, the 'Mr Maybe' e.p. is available on i-tunes. It features a track made entirely of beatbox, 2 guitar led tracks and a pure, one take, beatbox track. Beardyman's sounds also feature on Groove Armada's new album, A-skill's new album and an all vocal breaks, DnB and Dub-step EP with Ed Solo, due out next year. Look out for an EP Uk Slam Poetry Champion Disraeli, a James Brown remix due for release on Trojan records and a solo album project with insane production guru Lee 'Muddy' Baker still under construction.
Recently, Beardyman's professional portfolio has stretched further to encompass voice-overs for the best-selling game 'Buzz' for the Playstation 2 and 3 and has also produced beatbox-based music for teen Sky channel 'trouble', and bacardi's new Web portal. Watch this space for further developments. There will be many. . . . .
or will there??
Yes. . . . . there will. . . . . . yes. . .