Bigman’s Rise to Internet Fame

Looking back on 2017, there’s one name that stands out a lot, not only in the beatboxing community but in the general public. Going into 2018, he’s going to be a force at GBBB 2018 and a favourite to win. His name is Bigman. With an amazing ability to create routines that sound like actual songs that appeal to the public, how did he make this climb to fame? Let’s take a look back.

The 2017 Korea Beatbox Championship was the earliest video that I can find of him. It’s really impressive for the fact he was just bursting on to the scene as a nobody at that point but we knew he was going to be something special. The insane voice control and musicality that he possesses is insane and hard to replicate as well as being enjoyable to listen to. That’s a problem a lot of beatboxers can’t do to the general public. They can’t find the appeal but Bigman managed to as you’ll see later on. This was just the beginning of his rise to fame. One thing that I did notice was that his style in this battle was a lot different from his current style. He doesn’t use as much vocal bass but it’s still musical nonetheless.

His next battle would be By The JB Beatbox Battle. Still not where he got all of the fame from but this is where his current style really comes from. While he didn’t go far in the competition, he definitely left a mark for other competitors in the future. One of his signature routines was first showcased this elimination which is one of the best performances I’ve heard. It sounds like a song and that is what Bigman is capable of. Making his routines sound like actual songs.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know this was a video until I starting making this post. Anyways, you might recognize this routine from a later video. Not gonna spoil which one that is but it’s evident that Bigman likes to use a certain group of routines. That’s good as he knows what’s reliable but bad as it gets boring for the judges if he doesn’t innovate. Luckily for us and him, he’s innovated a lot since which is great. More for us and more for him.

Falling Love for KBTV. Remember the routine used in one of the previous videos? That would be this. This masterpiece of a routine is just beautiful to listen to. This would be the start of him going viral. There’s just one video that really kicked it off for the Korean guy and it’s this next one.

This wildcard is the single most viewed beatboxing video of the last year. It would be higher only if he didn’t accidentally delete the original but it’s the same video, just reuploaded. This is honestly the definition of a masterpiece. He combined a part of Falling Love into the wildcard as well as another routine that we’ll see later. There’s just something about this video that appeals to everyone. He’s so musical with his style but his style is so complex in musicality that it becomes technicality. That’s the beauty of musicality. Over time, it becomes technicality if it’s used in the right way and at the right time. He would end off placing top 8 after losing to Show-Go.

Die to Die marks Bigman’s only top 4 appearance as seen in this video. I couldn’t actually find his elimination round for some reason despite checking the playlist for the battles so this is what I chose. His top 4 round against Huckle. While he has demonstrated pause drops before, he really shows it in the second round especially. A really big accomplishment to make it that far.

Pepouni man. You should have featured this guy a lot earlier. You would have gotten a lot more views if you did. This one didn’t get as many views as the previous. In fact, it didn’t even come close to the previous but it was still great to listen to nonetheless. This is when he really got a lot of exposure to the beatboxing community. Swissbeatbox is really the hub for beatboxers to get their name out there in the community but he barely needed this as he already got his name out there through his wildcard. That wildcard attracted the attention of a famous celebrity with a famous show.

Ahh yes. Ellen Degeneres. How she found out about this guy, I have no idea. How Beat Rhino also got on the show, I also have no idea. There’s a lot of questions that I can’t answer to this video but that really doesn’t matter. Ellen’s humorous character makes for a great segment to watch nonetheless. And remember how I said his wildcard was the most viewed beatboxing video of last year? This makes a close second. Already we have 2 videos from Bigman that are 2 of the most viewed beatboxing videos of last year.

2 days in a row of Bigman? What universe do we live in? Who from the beatboxing gods has sent us 2 videos from this Korean master? Remember the wildcard that I said had another routine. This was it. I’m starting to catch a trend here that Bigman uses routines in his wildcards or eliminations before he uses them in a shoutout. This is probably to keep everything a surprise for the battles. He’s still innovating so people don’t know what to expect but it’s a good strategy nonetheless.

Roses are red

Violets are blue

There’s always an Asian

Better than you

Aside from that poem, you just combined 2 of Korea’s best beatboxers that burst on to the scene in similar ways (through a wildcard) and you combine it with the most viewed song on YouTube of all time and you get this. I don’t think these guys are a tag team because I haven’t seen them be together since as a team but boy they would be deadly. Hiss’ insane technicality plus is musicality combined with Bigman’s innovation and pure musicality and you get a fearsome Korean duo. And this is fifth in terms of views out of  all of the beatboxing videos uploaded last year which is just insane.

Has anyone noticed that all three of his named routines all have to do with love? Perfect that I was writing this on Valentine’s day but it’s being published the day after because it’s past midnight now but I’m going to keep pushing to get this post out. Bigman sort of went back to his old style with the more synthy style rather than full bass which is what we now hear him as. I can’t wait to see him at GBBB 2018 and I hope he does really well.

That pretty much wraps it up. This post took a long time to make from finding the videos to thinking about things to say for each of them so for the first time here on this page, please like this post. I haven’t asked for likes before but I think I can get a pass here. Let me know if I missed out any other significant videos and for who else I should do this sort of thing for.

With that being said, thank you very much for reading and have a wonderful day.

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How To Improve As A Beatboxer

A lot of people in my Discord server ask me this question. “How do I improve?” I figured since a lot of people have asked me this, I may as well make a post on it answering “most” questions on the topic. I would just like to say that I am by no means the best beatboxer when it comes to this topic. I am far from the best if we put it at that but people ask me this a lot so I figured I may as well answer it. These are a few things that have helped me improve as a beatboxer and might help you as well.

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Source: http://edmondchan.co.uk/17-simple-ways-improve-life-right-now/

  • Get to meet new people. Learn to take their criticism. 

Don’t be scared to go out there and ask for help. I know it looks scary but if you go to the right place, there we will be people willing to help you improve. You will be criticised in some ways and you will need to learn to take some of it in order to improve. Discord and TeamSpeak 3 servers are some of the best places to meet others. I don’t use TeamSpeak but I do use Discord and there are plenty of communities out there with tons of people that are willing to help. I have an entire post just dedicated to servers that you can check out right here.

  • Watch videos of others. Point out the little things. 

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Learn to pick out the small things that people do like the sounds that they combo or ways that they act in battles to take the win. The more things you can point out and replicate yourself, the better of a beatboxer you will become. Knowing is really half the battle in this case. The other half is execution, how well you pull off everything.

  • Don’t be afraid to try something new. 

Innovation is what separates some beatboxers from the others. You don’t need to follow the trends like lip rolls, double voice, polyphonic voice, etc. Do you want a style based on sirens? Go for it. Try it out. Do you have a routine where the drop is inward voice and you want to try that? I’m not stopping you. Do you want to try a routine where the drop is quiet? I’m not too sure if anyone could really do it but it’s a concept that I’ve thought of for a bit but if you have one, go for it.

  • Use online resources.

Oh, good old HBB. Human Beatbox has articles on a lot of topics and tutorials on different sounds and even patterns as well a bit of theory. A link to it will be right below this point but use it. It’s a really helpful resource that a lot of beatboxers use. Some of the articles are really interesting as well as their showcases of the week.

Link: https://www.humanbeatbox.com/

  • Be your own judge. 

If there’s one thing that I want you to take away from this article, it’s to combine all the points and be your own judge. In the end, you are the beatboxer and it’s your judgment that can set you apart from the others. You judge how good you are and how you compare yourself to others and where you are compared to others. Others are there to help you find that place. People are here for you and to help you improve but they are only willing to help you as much as you are willing to put in the effort and seek that help. It may seem scary at first but after a bit, you will be the one helping out others and that is a whole new experience.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments or ask me on Discord. Other than that, thanks for reading.

MAXIMUM RESPECT

Beatboxing In A Drama Setting

First off, I have to say, Happy New Year to all of you. I started this as an assignment but I had a lot of success with it so I continued. I’m glad to say that I have hit 2000 views on the blog at the end of 2017. I’ll definitely have some posts coming out this next year with a goal of making this better than last year. It’s all about the progress overtime just like beatboxing so cheers to all. Anyways, without ado, on to the post.

I recently took part in my school’s Christmas assembly and I can’t really compare the audience size to last year since the number of alumni that show up differs from year to year so it’s hard to compare that. I’m not here to talk about the actual experience itself but rather, the concept of beatboxing in a drama setting.

In my audition, I requested that I was to be put into the script as a street performer. Having the talented group of grade 12 drama students that they are, they made it possible. Now I don’t actually have footage of the play or if there is I might have not found but if I do find it at a later date, I will update this post and put it here just below here.

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My part was pretty much me interrupting a conversation between two characters in the play. While this wasn’t exactly what I expected as a street performer, it was the best they could do for the script.

I haven’t really seen this sort of concept incorporated before into a script. Skits are fine and all but a full-on written script is something new.

I’d decided to go with a routine I came up with called “When I Drop” and Elisii, I did not copy off of you. I know it sounds similar because of the lyrics but the drop is completely different. If you want me to take it down, I gladly will just as a sign of respect for the greatness that is the Canadian champ. That routine will be right here.

I really hope this concept becomes more popular to incorporate into play scripts to expose beatboxing to the world. The situations that it can be used in seem a bit shallow but we can have a setting such as a subway station or a downtown market. There’s bound to be at least one street performer in those sorts of areas so a beatboxer isn’t all that uncommon. I definitely feel that there is potential as long as the right mind is put to the task.

I really hope to see some sort of script include beatboxing within the next few years. Beatboxing has taken a huge leap in popularity due to viral videos from Berywam, Codfish, and Bigman. I won’t be surprised if this becomes the case but I will be very happy if it does.

What’s one thing you want to incorporate beatboxing into? Leave your responses in the comments. Other than that, thanks for reading.

A Little Look at the Wildcards for GBBB 2018

If you thought last year’s wildcards were insane, this year’s has a whole new batch of insane. With 11 wildcards this year, there are sure to be upsets all throughout GBBB 2018. The wildcard winners for this year are:

  1. Show-Go
  2. Codfish
  3. Bigman
  4. D-Low
  5. Two.H
  6. H-Has
  7. Rythmind
  8. Chris Celiz
  9. Helium
  10. Piratheeban
  11. Ish

There are a lot of big names on this list, some are newcomers for their on the international scene and others are veterans making another appearance to hopefully take the title. Let’s run them down.

SHOW-GO:

This wildcard is definitely the best out of them all, hands down. His biggest strength is how well he uses double voice so it sounds musical. It’s one of the harder sounds to make sound really good musically but Show-go makes it work and it’s beautiful.

CODFISH:

Not enough people give shoutouts in their wildcards and Codfish found a wonderful to do it. Coming up with a new routine, Old Mate Firebender, combining it with his one of his best routines, Sail With Me, this is just one of the best ones I’ve heard. The shoutout is incorporated into the routine itself which is really smart. It’s really structured like a song where he has three verses and a beat that changes over the course of the song. This is definitely my favourite wildcard out of the bunch.

BIGMAN:

This guy is probably the most well-known beatboxer on this list because of his appearance on Ellen. Props to him for that. Coming up with a new routine, “I don’t love you,” I’m starting to sense a pattern here. Falling Love, Get Tired Of My Love, I Don’t Love You. I feel like an album is coming out based on the theme of love. Back to the point, THIS MAN IS A MUSICAL GENIUS. One of the reasons he’s so well-known is because musicality has taken over and if you don’t have musicality in your routines, you don’t make it in. He’s so musical to the point that it becomes technicality when you try to cover his routines. He also has a great singing voice to go along with it. He doesn’t appear to have that killer battle instinct which might hurt him but I would love to see him go all the way.

D-LOW:

D-low’s routines are a work of art. He always brings something new to the table. This really musical wildcard is an example of that. This is unlike anything we’ve seen D-low do before. He’s starting to go more away from liprolls and technicality but makes up for it in other areas and his uniqueness. There’s that sort of perfect style that one looks for over time and he’s slowly reaching it and perfecting it. He has that killer instinct to want to win and I want to see that from him.

TWO.H:

Two.H. GBBB finalist. Whenever Two.H comes out with a new routine or wildcard, he always brings something new to the table. His signature demon bass is something that I’d love to see more of. It’s so unique to him, it defines him and a lot of his routines and has potential to make the crowd go crazy. I want to see the Two.H from 3 years ago come back and go all the way.

H-HAS:

This guy, in my opinion, is like Hiss 2.0. He has that mix of technicality and musicality that works so well. He uses less technicality than Hiss but the drop in this wildcard with the bird sound tells me that he has a lot of potential left. This sort of style works so well because it’s enjoyable to listen to even if it’s put together like a freestyle. I think he’s going to be a sleeper in this competition.

RYTHMIND:

From the get-go of this wildcard, it has a really Reeps One sort of vibe with the different kinds of percussion he uses. This is soon seen to be changed as a cover of GDFR can be heard. It’s put in a really cool way though. There’s one massive flaw with this wildcard and that’s the lack of structure. The drop isn’t very noticeable because he doesn’t really build it. I do understand that Rythmind is more of a looper and a member of Berywam, one of the top beatboxing groups in the world, but this is something he really needs to develop in order to do well in the solos.

CHRIS CELIZ:

Out of all the wildcards submitted, this is probably the one that has received the most hate and I can see why. Even Chris himself said that he was surprised that he even got in. I think the hate really comes from the fact that the other wildcards were more technical and upbeat than this one. Whatever the reason is, Chris got in and he’s thankful for it. In terms of pure musicality, this one takes it as it’s not only a cover but also stays true to the song. By this, I mean that the cover still sounds like the song and not like a remix which can be heard from other beatboxers. Not much technicality can be heard and I don’t expect him to go far given his previous success at GBBB but I do expect his elimination round to be pretty entertaining.

HELIUM:

Helium has gone further and further away from his roots that made him famous, the zipper. He’s still known for using the zipper in ways that no one would expect but he’s starting to use them less and less and this is actually a good thing. This allows Helium to focus on other areas. His routines are more musical and technical. I was really surprised to hear him use double voice but it seems like he keeps up with the trends. I don’t really find him using a lot of prepared routines because he seems to be more of a freestyler which works fine for his style but if he brings a few routines with him, he could go really far.

PIRATHEEBAN:

One of the cleaner beatboxers in the competition, Piratheeban covers everything this routine. I would compare him this routine to Ball-Zee because of how clean and technical he is. He’s also very musical with this routine. I don’t find much wrong with this routine aside from a slight problem in the structure where he doesn’t build the drop *enough* but it’s noticeable and he’s a champion so I think he can get it done.

ISH:

Last time I heard from Ish was his wildcard for GNB earlier this year. He has improved a lot since then and it shows. He has more of that killer mentality where he wants to do well and try hard. I remember he lacked a lot of that confidence from last time and I love seeing that he’s finally got that confidence. He’s also built up the techniques and developed his style a lot more. Another good sleeper pick for GBBB and I’m really glad he got chosen as the people’s pick.

I do want to give a mention to other beatboxers that I thought could have made the list but didn’t. They include the following:

  • B-Art
  • Wing
  • Zekka
  • Elisii
  • FootboxG
  • Cosmin
  • MR MIC
  • Kevin O’Neal
  • MIXFX
  • Neolizer

I probably missed someone where there were so many stacked wildcards this year that I could understand the judges having difficulty choosing. Who do you think can make it all the way? Who do you think got left out? Leave your responses in the comments.

Other than that, thanks for reading.

An Updated List of Beatboxing Discord Servers

I would first like to thank everyone for checking out my blog. Assuming that you came from either this post or my other list of Discord servers, I’m making this post to update you guys on other Beatboxing Discord servers that are worth checking out. I’m going to do it a bit differently this time as I have left some servers from the last list/some servers have gone extinct from humanity and Discord. The servers that are listed here are the only servers that I am a part of at this current date (December 6, 2017).

First edit (May 11, 2018): Took out Audicord due to deletion and leaving, updated link for Dubcord, took out Liberty due to re-purposing, changed BAC to Beatbox Hangout.

Second edit (June 13, 2018): Updated link for Beatbox Talk.

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Source: https://discordapp.com/branding

The first one is my Discord server, Deltabbx Airlines. Not much I can say about it aside from I’m usually there for a conversation. All of my staff are really nice as well. It has been a little while since the revamp but it has since been re-purposed into a hybrid server (chill and beatbox). I’m always up for a conversation and helping out others.

Link: https://discord.gg/T6f6F3c

The Beatbox Hangout is still here. The main leader, AreLo, just did an entire renovation of the server to make it more organized. I’m the main person staff member you will be coming as I am sort of the tech guy of the group. Another great server. We are open to beatboxers of all skill levels.

Link: https://discord.gg/MRBgZhr

Beatbox Talk is one of the newest servers on the block. Run by D-Koy, this server has tournaments on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7PM EST. I don’t see this server falling off soon as they also have a YouTube channel where they post the finals of the tournaments.

Link: https://discord.gg/wkUbjMj

Human Beatbox Family has been recently been revived by hard work from one of the judges, Mousey. He’s put in a lot of time recently into hosting tournaments on the server and deserves a special mention here. It’s one of the most well-known servers for it’s connection to HBB as a resource and website.

Link: https://discord.gg/E6Zm3rj

 

Dubcord is owned by Dubby. From my experience, Dubby has been really welcoming to newcomers of the server and has a really nice cast of staff to help him run the server as well as a nice schedule of variety with their open mics, tournaments and gaming nights. they include a lot of singers as well so if you’re looking to collab with singers, this isn’t that bad of a place to start off.

Link: https://discord.gg/GA9gu9Y

Those are all the servers this time around. If you have any more servers, feel free to DM on Discord. Please also state that you want it to be included in the next Discord server list otherwise I probably won’t care about it.

Other than that, thanks for reading.

Why KRNFX Won Against D-low

If you look in the comments of KRNFX vs. D-low at the World Beatbox Championships 2015, you would find a lot of comments that said that D-low should have won the battle. Some people even go as far as saying that D-low should have made it to the finals. While some people do make good arguments, it doesn’t help justify D-low’s case for winning the battle and I would like to blow this entire argument out of the water. This is why KRNFX won vs. D-low.

To start this off, we need to review the five things that make a routine good. This is very important for this argument. The five things are;

  1. Musicality
  2. Technicality
  3. Originality
  4. Flow
  5. Structure

Just running down the list, KRNFX wins in all of those categories except for maybe technicality and originality. KRNFX is a musicality beatboxer as seen in this battle. He has good flow. D-low also had really inconsistent flow this battle in both rounds. He’s pretty original but D-low is more of an innovator. Structure is just taken over by KRNFX. This is something I’m going to cover in the next part. Technicality is closer than a lot of people think as KRNFX is clean with his beats but D-low’s patterns are more complex. People just look at the complexity of his beats and assume that he’s better but there’s more to technicality then just being complex and fast. I’m might write about what technicality is in the future but it’s a combination of being clean, fast, and complex with your beats.

Now that we have those five things listed down, let’s take a look at some of the comments of the video and see what they had to say about D-low not winning. I have covered the names and profile pictures for respect of privacy.

comments 1

Well the battle is a lot closer than you think it is sir. Also, you have no argument for D-low so “obviously”, your argument is invalid.

comments 2

You’re saying D-low physically hurt KRNFX… Wrong kind of battle buddy. I wasn’t even sure of the definition of brutality until I searched it up. If you’re talking about brutality as to how badly he won the battle, SPOILER ALERT, he didn’t win.

comments 3

I got your back HeAt. Former Canadian Champ knows what he’s talking about. Turns out, his prediction would be right.

In case you’re thinking I’m cherry picking comments from longer than one year ago, take a look at this. comments 4

You’d be also mistaken like the first guy.

The problem with D-low’s rounds in this particular battle is the lack of structure. I went over structure a lot in my post on Why Jigsaw Is One Of The Best Beatboxing Routines. I cover a lot on structure of a routine in that post. One of the main things in a routine is the drop. It’s what people remember the most out of a routine. While it’s not a routine, it still applies to battles. The problem with D-low’s rounds is that there is no drop. There’s not even a build-up that can be heard. The build-up sets up the drop because it gets everyone hyped. D-low barely used any build-ups or drops in his rounds. You also have to avoid doing too many drops as it gets boring. The sounds you use to build up the drop are also important as you can’t switch very suddenly like going from BTKs to lip rolls. (Thank you to xFlawz for that one).

A bunch of cool beats does not beat out a planned out battle. The types of sounds you use are also not what determines your win. It’s everything combined and that’s why KRNFX won. It’s because he did everything as a whole better. he was more musical, more structured, had better flow, and was cleaner.

So the next time you think someone should have one a particular battle, think more deeply into the rounds as a whole. You might be finding yourself on the other person’s side.

Other than that, keep beatboxing and thanks for reading.

This Is Me 2

It’s time for some more question and answer time. Let’s go.

Q: Who do you look up to as a beatboxer?

A: I honestly look up to everybody that’s better than me. I strive to be like them as improve as a beatboxer.

Q: Will you ever make tutorials here?

A: I have thought about doing that but just not now as I feel like I need to get my skills up first before I start teaching people.

Q: Do you have any other plans for this blog page?

A: I plan to have another series that’s based around interviewing well-known beatboxers in the community. Getting in contact and finding the time is the biggest problem with that which is why I haven’t gotten around to doing it.

Q: What’s one sound that you want to learn but just can’t?

A: It’s a tie for me between any form of lip rolls and the BMG snare. For lip rolls, I just need to practice more but for BMG snare, I don’t think I can actually do it. I understand what to do but putting it in to practice is just too hard for me.

Q: What’s your daily routine like?

A: Weekdays sound like the following: get up, do the hygiene, go to school, practice beats while I’m there and do some work, procrastinate while at school, go to meetings if need be and then go home and do my extracurriculars if need be as well. Weekends are; sit at home, play League and TF2 and maybe some 3on3 Freestyle and Realm Of The Mad God if I’m in the mood, do some work and rest.

That’s all the question for now. If you have any questions that you want to be featured in the next “This Is Me”, DM me on Discord, deltabbx#1250.

Other than that, thanks for reading.