When and why did you start beatboxing?
I started beat boxing at the early age of 7. Just 'cause I always loved the way music sounds to my ear.
What was the first routine you learned?
My first routine was actually just some simple breakbeats that mimicked songs that were out that I loved to listen to.
Where are you from?
Born and raised in the Bronx, NY.
Do you have a favorite routine?
I just love performing, period. So I'd have to say all the routines that I perform on stage are my favorites.
Do you have any mentors?
God and my family.
[beatboxers] are all blessed in
their own individual ways!
Which other beatboxers have you learned from?
Doug E. Fresh and The Human Orchestra. They were both influences as well. I take what I learned from them and add my own flavor to it!
Do you have a favorite beatboxer?
I don't think I've got a favorite beatboxer. There're lots of beatboxers out right now on their grind doing their thing. I don't like to place any beatboxer higher then another, 'cause they are all blessed in their own individual ways!
Is there anyone you'd love to work with?
Chris Brown who's an R&B artist with so much talent and Fabolous who's a rapper, but for the most part I'm willing to work with anyone who is professional.
Do you have a fond beatbox memory or funny story?
There was this one show I did out in Detroit and this tall kid approaches me after the show and asks me kindly if it would be cool if I'd listen to him beatbox. I said, "sure" and he was pretty dope, but the funny part was when I had him battle everyone in my group and the reaction on there faces when I told them that I had told him that they could all beat box! [laughs]
You also dance professionally now. What's your favorite dance style?
Yeah, I love to dance and express myself in other ways. My favorite dance style is krumping and popping.
Which genres of music does your style fall into?
I don't limit myself. I try to keep up with all genres of music nowadays so I can be versatile with my beats when performing, but if I had to choose it would be hip-hop and R&B.
Where was your first performance?
First performance was in Church. My brother rapped about Christ and I rocked the beat for him and we got a standing ovation. That's when I knew I was onto something and that this was going to be my career.
I love performing ... where there are a lot of ladies
What kind of performances have you been doing since?
A lot of theatrical productions, Knicks games, Crusades and touring with major artist such as Alicia Keys.
What kind of situation do you enjoy performing in most?
I love performing in high schools and colleges where there are a lot of ladies 'cause they all just start screaming when I do my beats and I start dancing on stage. That gives me a lot of energy and gives me inspiration! [laughs]
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
The show must go on! [laughs] I just keep doing what I've got to do 'cause no one really knows you've made a mistake but you and sometimes the mistakes you make actually sound good to other peoples ears!
Do you get nervous before a performance?
I've been performing now for about 12 years and still to this very day I get butterflies in my stomach before hitting that stage and doing my thing!
What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Just go out and have fun. Tomorrow is never promised, so when you have the chance to perform take full advantage of it and perform as if it's your last [performance]!
Do you like to session with other beatboxers?
It's cool with me, but I'd rather be solo.
What makes a good session?
To make a good session I feel you should be very cool with the person you're performing with and agree on what it is your going to perform together.
How often and for how long do you practice?
Beatboxing is like breathing to me now. When I have my own beatbox sessions of practice I can go for hours and not even notice the time.
Do you think it's necessary?
It's very necessary to practice to stay crisp, on point and to stay on top of your game!
Do you teach beatboxing?
Yes. Let me tell you: children are most definitely the future!
I work with what's
in front of me.
What do you do when your not beat boxing?
Hang with my family and friends and listen to all the new music.
What set-up do you use?
I work with what's in front of me.
What would you like to achieve within the next five years?
Hopefully be in a movie, work/tour with another major artist and to just be a well known beatbox/vocal percussion artist!
Is there a place online where people can check out your skills?
Y'all can check me out at www.myspace.com/anointed247. I have a lot of crazy tunes for your ears coming soon as well as footage of me dancing and beatboxing.
Any shout outs or thank yous?
mic(ism) is a wack clothing line! [laughs] Nah, I'm just kidding, mic(ism) has some crazy clothing y'all should cop. If you don't have yourself a shirt, hood or cap from mic(ism), why call yourself a beatboxer? [laughs] I wish y'all nothing but the best with all you do and thank you mic(ism) for giving me this opportunity and for always supporting me!