Beatbox Talk: THE Online Beatboxing Community

First entering the online community of beatboxing can be scary at first. You don’t know anyone, you don’t know how people will act, which communities are nice, which ones aren’t as nice, skill levels appropriate for you and so many other factors. I’ve been there, done that and I’m pretty knowledgeable in a few communities especially on Discord. This community, however, is recognized by many other big communities as THE place for beatboxers to go.

This community founded Beatbox Subreddit, is partnered with the Beatbox Hangout Amino and has a whole load of support behind it with the focus of bringing the online beatboxing community together and is also inviting beatboxers all over the world to come to join the global jam.

Beatbox Talk. THE place for talking beatbox.

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Beatbox Talk is a Discord server owned by D-Koy, Young, BBK and C-Fresh with the very goal of bringing the online beatboxing community closer together to create the best environment possible for the beatboxing community. Many people have succeeded at created their own communities for people of similar interests but when it comes to beatboxing, this is THE place to go to.

Here’s just a list of the things that is great about Beatbox Talk:

  • Tournaments on Tuesdays at 7PM EST and Saturdays 2PM EST
  • Trained staff willing to make the best experience possible
  • Active chat, voice channels and community
  • A YouTube channel and podcast
  • Wide range of skill levels

Beatbox Talk is at the forefront of online beatboxing communities and welcomes everyone with open arms into the online community of beatboxing to allow for the best experience possible. The link to join is down below. Get ready to join the global jam.

https://discord.gg/wkUbjMj

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Second Time’s the Charm (Hopefully)

Last year, I auditioned for CNE’s Rising Star and I didn’t get in for some reason but this year, I’ve stepped up my game a lot and I’m hoping that this is the audition that gets me in. Due to rules within the competition, I’m restricted on the stage presence that I use due to there being a sportsmanship rule but nonetheless, that shouldn’t stop me from putting on a show. Beatboxers aren’t all that welcome to the competition but your support on my audition is appreciated as good reception might mean better chances of getting in.

Anyways, enjoy my audition and thanks for reading.

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Delta’s Guide to Discord: Your First Impressions

Are you new to Discord? This post is going to cover the bare basics of Discord, how to use it, settings and other kinks and tricks that you should know before venturing out into the world of Discord. Let’s go.

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Source: https://discordapp.com/branding

MAKING YOUR FIRST ACCOUNT:

To sign up for Discord, go to https://discordapp.com/ and look around the site for a bit. You’ll then see “Open Discord.” Click that and it will redirect you to https://discordapp.com/login. Click “Register” below the boxed which will redirect you to https://discordapp.com/register and make your account.

Congratulations! You just made your first account. I’ll be showing the downloaded version of Discord which is the same as the web version and for future posts, the Android version as there are some differences between the two.

WELCOME TO YOUR NEW HOME:

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Your home should look a bit something like this. There are a few things I would like to point out first. The area in black to the left is your server bar. You can switch back to your most recently viewed channel by using Ctrl+K. This is really useful if you have 2 people talking to you at once, trying to get your attention while you’re trying to make a blog post or doing some gambling with bots or doing some other weird thing. Anyways, on to the numbers and what each of them is.

  1. That shows your username and a 4 digit code called a discriminator. This is a number that cannot be changed unless you purchase Discord Nitro or change your username to a username of someone else with that same discriminator (it changes it for you). Try to remember your discriminator as you will need this to add people like IRL friends that aren’t already in a server with you.
  2. The mute button. This is used while you’re in a voice channel but can be used pre-emptively to not disturb anyone in the room. If your parents walk in on you, this is your best friend if you choose not to have push to talk.
  3. The deafen button. This function automatically mutes you if you do it yourself and prevents any sounds from the voice channel from being heard. Remember the previous situation? If your parents walk in on you and you’re not wearing earbuds or headphones, this is your best friend.
  4. The setting button. This button will be covered in a bit but it’s where all the personalization things are.
  5. The Add Friend button is where you go to add friends using their username and discriminator combination.

THE SIMS: DISCORD EDITION:

Now you are settled in your new home, you just have to move the furniture into place and make it your place AKA adjust your settings. Let’s dive into that.

(This part is after ProjectBlurple was launched which is why my profile picture is different).

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Running it down from top to bottom;

  • Username is the username + discriminator combo
  • Email is my email
  • Edit allows you to change your password, username and email that everything is sent to.
  • Two-Factor Authentification is something that will require a bit of explaining.

When first enabled, 2FA will give a list of eight 8 digit backup codes that you can use in case you need to log in again. These 8 can be refreshed and changed for a new set of 8 codes. There is also a 6 digit code that you need to access through your phone using an app like Google Authenticator which can be used for other accounts alongside Discord. This code refreshes every 15 seconds or so, so be quick or wait for the next one. To see these backup codes on your computer, search through your Discord files until you see a file called discord_backup_codes.txt. If you are using the browser version, disable 2FA using your current password.

NOTE: Do not use spaces or dashes when entering your code. It will not work then.

For more information on 2FA, check out these posts from Discord:

https://support.discordapp.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001221072-Lost-Two-Factor-Codes

Last up is SMS Authentication. This just sends a text to your phone which is a verification code that you type in to log in. It’s pretty much like 2FA.

For the rest of the settings, I won’t be screenshotting it because that would take a long time and it’s better for you to check it out for yourself and fiddle around with the options to find what fits you. I’m just going to briefly run down the rest of the options as 2FA is one of the most important things and needed a lot of explaining.

Privacy and Safety:

This allows you to set who to scan direct messages from to keep you safe from the bad stuff, change if people in the same server and DM you without being friends and who can add you as a friend.

Authorized Apps:

This shows a list of apps that you have authorized to do certain things like see a list of servers you’re in or access your username and avatar. This is mainly for bots if you have decided to add them to your server as it requires authorization but other things like websites with Discord integration also require this.

Connections:

Allows you to connect other accounts to Discord. This will also show it on your profile and will give others the option to join you if possible for them but this can be disabled.

Discord Nitro:

This is the paid subscription service to Discord that allows you to do many cool things like change your discriminator, use emotes from other servers without the use of global emotes and it adds a cool flair to the profile when people look at it.

Voice and Video:

Allows you to change the voice call and video settings from things like microphone and what kind of input you use (push to talk or voice activity) and what camera you use for video calls and other options like attenuation, voice processing and using an older legacy audio system.

Overlay:

Change what you see and how you see other people.

Notifications:

Change the notifications you receive.

Keybinds:

Shortcuts galore.

Games:

This is similar to connections except it displays the game based off of the files in your computer. If there isn’t a game there that should be or you want to change the name of a non-verified game to something else, that is possible. Verified games’ names cannot be changed to my knowledge.

Text and Images:

You can change image and emoji display here.

Appearance:

If you’ve ever wanted to go blind by using light mode, you can do so here. This tab also allows you to change the text font size and gives you the option to enable Developer Mode.

Developer mode is really useful as it allows you to copy the IDs of users, servers, messages and messages with channels. Once enabled, right click on a user, server or message and click “Copy ID.” If you are sending a report to Discord that requires a message, hold shift when you copy the ID of the message and you will get the channel ID as well.

Streamer Mode:

Stuff for streamers. Check it out if you plan to stream in the future.

Language:

Change “Hello” to “Bonjour.”

Windows Settings:

Startup options and minimizing can be changed here.

Change Log:

A list of changes from the latest update will be displayed by clicking this button.

Log Out:

Log out of your account to another one to troll people on an alternate account.

That’s pretty much all there is to Discord. If you haven’t started using Discord, you should probably do so because it’s the best thing you can do as you’ll make new friends and join communities that you wouldn’t have imagined.

And with all that, thanks for reading.

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Codfish’s Rise to Internet Fame

Happy Easter everyone. It’s really fitting how I’m making a post about the OG Bahnie himself, Codfish. The winner of GBBB 2018, 2017 Australian Champ, Sydney Royale Champ and some other accolades to his name. But he didn’t just come out of nowhere. How did this man with 450,000 subscribers on YouTube get started? This is Codfish’s Rise to Internet Fame.

A HUMBLE MAN WITH HUMBLE BEGINNINGS:

Codfish started his YouTube channel under the name BunnyF1uff. He would often refer to his subscribers as “Bahnies” as there was a term thrown around the beatboxing community known as “Mahnie” which is just money with a bit of flare to it to make it unique to beatboxers.

We all start out as terrible beatboxers but over time, we develop and become better and eventually, some of us become champions. This is no exception for Codfish. He replied to every ounce of love on the video and was humble about it. The bass is nowhere near where it is now but this was just 4 years ago. He’s improved insanely. That was just 5 months of beatboxing but he wasn’t scared to share with others. He already had an idea to continue uploading his content and he is one of the most well-known beatboxers now and it all started with this video.

While Codfish wasn’t known back then, when he started to get well-known, people started to create more beatboxing content in video games with voice chat and Codfish was part of the reason for this. This video is what pushed him and others to start beatboxing outside of their comfort zone. There was a lot of potential for it to grow and grow it did.

Beatboxing parties are more of a thing now where you just take turns freestyling and showcasing. This was Codfish’s first party and I believe that it still played a major contribution to the growth of the beatboxing content on YouTube. People weren’t producing this sort of content until Codfish did it first. No one wants to be the first but be the first he did.

A SUDDEN BURST OF GROWTH:

Ep. 25 of the beatboxing in COD Lobbies is significant as it’s the earliest video on Codfish’s channel to hit 1 million views. He was uploading pretty consistently and there’s no real apparent reason why it spiked here but this was definitely one of the first videos to really boost Codfish’s popularity.

MODERN DAY CODFISH:

Those two videos are two of Codfish’s most viewed videos on his channel. What they show is a representation of Codfish’s currently fully fleshed out style. This was 2 years ago and he’s still sticking to the bass-heavy style that we all know him for in his routines. He rarely freestyles when he beatboxes and always knows what routines to perform. He’s always prepared when he gets on that stage and it really shows in those two videos.

THE FIRST TASTE OF BATTLING:

Everyone was absolutely hyped about Australian champs because of Codfish’s debut (and his face reveal). We had never seen him battle on stage before but we knew that his style would be very good when it came to battle as if he needed to improvise, he could do so really easily. He would go on to battle and lose in the semifinals to eventual winner CLR.

His GBBB 2017 wildcard would be just as impressive as he uses the same ferocity in this wildcard as his previous. This video was also uploaded directly after the previous one so there’s not much development in his style but it’s still impressive for only being his second wildcard ever.

This video is the most video on his channel and for good reason. People missed the old COD beatboxing videos so when people heard that Codfish expanded into CSGO, people went crazy all over this video because there was a YouTuber that played CSGO and beatboxed who was as nice as Codfish. He showcases a ton of routines in this video and really gives people a good listen to the amount of content that he has.

When you get one of the coolest beatboxers with a bunch of legends, champions of their respective countries and the tag team of Mad Twinz, you get this. This video is absolutely insane with all the beatboxers in that party. This was another emergence of parties becoming popular again. If you can get the right people, you can create something truly spectacular.

A NEW CHAMPION IS CROWNED:

So far, Codfish has won the Sydney Royale 7TS, 2017 Australian Champs and GBBB 2018. The king has been crowned and he really deserved it. The stage presence, bass, musicality and technicality all add up. The originality is there with his routines and unique style.

THE CODFISH EXPANSION PACK:

He has since moved on to Rust which hasn’t gotten as much attention for the simple fact that it’s not as popular of a game, and WW2 which has amassed over 2 million views. He has said that he will get back to making videos since GBBB is over. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for the future. Maybe World Champs?  Who knows? Only time will show the true potential of this beatboxing powerhouse.

This post took a little while to make and is dedicated to Codfish for inspiring many beatboxers that I know of today. Links to his social media will be below. Other than that, thanks for reading.

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BunnyF1uff/featured

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CodfishBeatbox/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CodfishBeatbox

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/codfishbeatbox/

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/codfishbeatbox

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/codfishbeatbox

The Newest Kids On The Beatboxing Block: Introducing Beatbox Hangout

THE REVAMP IS HERE! BAC is no more and we now bring you the brand spanking new, Beatbox Hangout. It’s still the same staff as before with BAC but we’re under a new name, a couple more staff and a brand spanking new Amino as well as a Discord server that has been reworked into what it is RIGHT NOW!

Come join us on the Discord server or on the Amino app. Links to both of those will be below. I hope to see you there.

Discord: https://discord.gg/JCYWpQa

Amino (download the app on your phone): http://aminoapps.com/c/Beatbox-Hangout

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Vote For My Next Post

I released a poll on Twitter asking for what topic I should write on next. And so, you guys get to vote. Your options are Codfish, Reeps One or beatbox theory (or all three). I can’t wait to see the results.

Not really much of a post but thanks for reading.

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Does Stage Presence Matter?

Stage presence. One of the most important things when it comes to battling. It’s how you portray yourself to your opponent and to the crowd. It gives you as the battler, a lot of confidence to work with but does it really matter? It definitely shows in a battle but does it really help you win? Does showing a lot of expression in your battle with movement really swing the vote in your favour?

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Source: http://thegainstage.com/2015/06/08/stage-presence-and-why-its-important/

I do have to admit first, I don’t have much experience battling on stage so instead, I consulted a few people that I know a thing or two about battling on stage. In advance, I would like to thank the following people for their input and help in making this blog post.

  • 2016 Canadian Champ and YouTuber, HeAt
  • 2018 GBBB Champ,  2017 Australian Champ and YouTuber, Codfish
  • 2017 Beatbox Legends Champ and YouTuber, TylaDubya

SETTING A DEFINITION:

First off, it’s important that we start with understanding what stage presence exactly is. After talking to all of the aforementioned guys and seeing their different views on what stage presence is, we can finally come to a conclusion and a definition.

Stage presence is a environment/atmosphere that you set for your audience and the battle. It displays a level of confidence and is shown through movement, crowd control and the connection made between your opponent, the audience and yourself which allows you to gain the attention of the audience/viewer.

WHAT STAGE PRESENCE DOES FOR US:

I would first like to quote something that Codfish said which is;

I would argue that stage presence is the most important factor in getting the judges votes. Good stage presence will grant you undivided attention and respect from the crowd.

It’s the main attention grabber. It sets you up for the rest of the battle and gives you that extra edge. Having a strong stage presence will allow you to;

  1. Gain crowd control.
  2. Gain the respect of the viewer.
  3. Give you a sense of adrenaline to keep battling.

Codfish, in particular, said that he thrives off of the energy of the crowd. When you battle, you need to keep a connection between the crowd, the opponent and yourself because it builds up that tension and sways the momentum your way. Judges love to see that.

HeAt brought up the point of stage presence making your battle more immersive.

I would say. Being able to manipulate the stage in a way that makes your performance more immersive.

You can really set the tone of the battle through stage presence. There’s a reason where if you win the coin toss, you get to choose if you go first or second rather than only go first. If you choose to go first, you set the tone for your opponent and if you choose to go second, you can counter their tone with your own and make the performance even better. If you can truly feel something out of someone’s performance, then they have a strong stage presence and will most likely take the win.

PUTTING IT INTO PERSPECTIVE:

Let’s take a look at a battle where one beatboxer shows a lot of stage presence. This is Alem vs NaPoM at the 4th Beatboxing World Championships. Take a listen to Alem’s rounds in particular and pay attention to where he faces during his rounds.

He ends up facing the crowd a lot and also faces NaPoM a few times. He’s maintaining that connection as stated earlier between the crowd, the opponent (NaPoM) and himself. This is also the main reason Alem won this battle in my opinion. He was able to keep that connection between all three parts compared to NaPoM who also maintained that connection but it wasn’t as strong as to what Alem did.

So that was the little “case study” but now it’s time to actually answer the question. Does stage presence really matter?

Yes. Stage presence is a HUGE factor – it is also one of the categories in judging.  If you get the audience excited with you, that can easily sway judges.

TylaDubya mentioned this to me. I didn’t really think of stage presence much as being any but a major category in judging. It’s not just a major category, it’s also a factor at play that affects the judges. Imagine the following situation; you’re judging a battle and your fellow judges are deadlocked 2-2 with you holding the final vote with no overtimes left to use. The discussion of stage presence gets brought up and your fellow judges start talking about it. Can stage presence be that one thing to swing the vote?

WHY WE GO FAR WITH STAGE PRESENCE: 

There is a VERY big reason why beatboxers sometimes go far with their stage presence, judges don’t score battles. They only score eliminations and they go with their gut for battles so if the judges feel that you did a better job in a battle, they will vote for you or swing the vote over. It’s something you have to control it to the point where you show that it’s a battle but not too much to the point where you’re being unsportsmanlike and rude.

Stage presence is a huge thing that beatboxers focus on. It’s not something that you can just learn overnight. It takes a lot of time to understand and develop as the only way you can do so is to battle on stage.

In short, stage presence does matter than what is first seen. It’s not beatboxers being rude, it’s them being competitive because, at the end of the day, we’re all a family. The Beatbox Family.

I would like to send a HUGE thanks to the three gentlemen who took the time to help me write this post. The questions I asked were not easy to answer and I thank you all for that. Links to their social media will be below. Other than that, thanks for reading

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HeAt:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpgvH7CWBNBMDWxdoxLR14Q

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeAtBBx/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/heatbbx

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heatbbx/

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/heatbbx

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/heatbbx

Codfish: 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BunnyF1uff

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CodfishBeatbox/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CodfishBeatbox

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/codfishbeatbox/

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/codfishbeatbox

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/codfishbeatbox

TylaDubya: 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TylaDubya

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TylaDubya

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TylaDubya

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TylaDubya/

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/tyladubya

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tyladubya