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Hopey One sporting a micologist girls' trim tee

When and why did you start beatboxing?

At the start of 2000 a lot of people around me would beatbox, so it was only a matter of time. Although I had to catch on and learn by myself; the boys wouldn't teach me! I had a tape of the 4 Elements, so I listened to that every day.

What was the first routine/cover you learned?

Earth (4 Elements).

Did you have a beatbox mentor?

Yeah back in the day, Master Yammo! We taught each other things, but he was more advanced than me at the time.

Which beatboxers do you admire or are inspired by?

My favorite is Dukebox, for his originality.

I'd also love to work with other female beatboxers...

Is there anyone you would love to work with?

Missy Elliot. I'd also love to work with other female beatboxers, to make the scene stronger: record an album, do a world tour... The sky's the limit!

Hopey One and Tom Thumb

What do you think of battling?

It's a good learning tool, but there's too much negativity which needs to go.

How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

I think quick!

Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Yes, sometimes. At my first shows I did. I would get butterflies and I couldn't stop moving. I would think too much on stage.

What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Nerves are good; keeps you on your feet. Everyone gets nervous, but don't think about it too much. Let it flow!

What makes a good session?

Variety!

Beatboxing is second-nature to me now...

Do you think it's necessary to practice?

I do practice, all the time. Beatboxing is second-nature to me now,
so I don't really think about it or set aside a time to practice. I just bust out!

What do you practice - exercises, new sounds, new routines?

I'm trying to figure out an attractive female bass.

Have you ever taught beatboxing?

I teach beatboxing to primary school kids, between five and twelve years old. My six year old brother, Denzel, has been beatboxing since he was three. I've only ever had a couple of one-on-one lessons with him. He just watches me and practices in the room. I pretty much teach anyone who wants to learn

Which do you prefer: acoustic or mic-ed?

Acoustic!

DublT, Hopey, Tom and Joel

Have you appeared on any releases?

The routine we did on the Australian Idol final was released. It's on Joel Turners single Knock You Out and it's called Beatbox Symphony.

On the Funk U Up (or Respect) single (on which Beatbox Alliance appeared in the video) there's a clip of us performing at Perth's Blues'n'Roots Festival.

There's also a new DVD out, Joel Turner & The Modern Day Poets with The Beatbox Alliance Tour 2005, which has footage from our 2005 tour (from January - May). You can grab all these at your nearest music store.

Do you have a website where people can check out your skills?

My site should be fully up and running within the next couple of weeks and in the meantime there's my SoundClick.

Have you got any projects coming up on the horizon that people should watch out for?

I have a lot of things coming up. MadMastaC and I will be organising the 1st annual Australian beatbox championships! Just keep checking the news section.

Any shout outs?

I'd like to thank all the beatboxers that have inspired me, mic(ism), Urban Prophetz, Attention Deficit DisAudio, JT, MDP & BBA, the whole online beatboxing community, my family and friends here and back home in Aotearoa. And to all the people I will and have met on my journey as a beatboxer: God Bless!

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