How I Judge a Beatbox Battle

Many different people who are judging a beatbox battle have many different things that they judge. Sometimes, it’s way too much so in this blog, I would like to tell you about how I judge a battle.

My first criteria for a battle is a solid flow. A solid flow is just a beatboxer staying in tempo and following the beat. For the most part, beatboxing is done in 4/4 time in music so the beat is 1, 2, 3, 4. If they can put something on the on-beat aka one of the numbers at a certain tempo like 120, then they have a solid flow. This is one of the most basic things that beatboxers should be able to nail down since they basically become a metronome.

My second criteria is a variation of sounds. Confession. I have a very small sound pool. I’m trying to improve it but I have a really small sound pool. If you have a lot of sounds in your arsenal, you can last a battle and make a routine. Having a variation of sounds used in a battle is important because it keeps people interested. They like variation so having different types of sounds like bass and snares offer a good performance.

My third criteria are their specialty. There are several kinds of beatboxers out there and this is dependent on their style. I’ll name a few styles and beatboxers that come to mind with those styles.

Musicality: krNfx

Technicality: Alem

Bass heavy: MTS

Uniqueness: D-Low

Clean beats: Ball-Zee

Masters of a certain sound: NaPoM

It’s not about what style that is chosen but rather, how they execute the style. I personally try to have a bit of all the styles listed above to add some uniqueness to my own style.

My last piece of criteria is how enjoyable it was to listen to. If it’s not nice to listen to, it gets a bad mark. It’s mainly about how others like the performance. There’s a reason that bigger beatboxers on YouTube don’t use more complex sounds. It’s because the general public doesn’t like it. Other beatboxers do but not everyone is a beatboxer so using easier and more identifiable sounds.

And that is how I judge a battle. Flow, variation, style/execution and enjoyability. This may or may not set a guideline for newer judgers but this just how I judge and in no way is the way everyone has.

Other than that, thank you for reading.

My Biggest Performance

This moment was by far my biggest performance I had ever done in my 1 year of beatboxing.

December 23, 2016:

It wasn’t just any school day. It was my school Christmas Assembly. We had a good turn up that day and I was barely squished in last minute by the Grade 12s running it. (Thanks for making my life a pain. First I have to worry about it, then I don’t have to worry about it then I do, like please show me some mercy). Anyways, I was put back in last minute as they finally found a way to put me in. We had a rehearsal earlier that morning and that went fine as I got through my whole 15 seconds of walking across from stage left to stage right.

Around 10:00 AM is when the assembly started and I went on at about 11:30 AM (somewhere around that time). My part was earlier than expected since a lot of videos that were supposed to be playing were cut out due to technical difficulties. With a microphone in my right hand and a crowd of 800 students waiting for me not knowing what was going to happen, there was only one thing left to do.

“Don’t be afraid of other beatboxers. Take the mic. Perform.” -Alem

This is a quote from the winner of the 4th annual Beatbox Battle World Championship, Alem. Instead of other beatboxers, it was my school.

I walked on stage and as soon as I took my first step, it went from casual conversations between friends to people cheering my name. It was probably the scariest moment of my life but it was only for 15 seconds. After that, the crowd went silent.

Below is the cover of Jingle Bell Rock that I performed with a bit of variation on it. It’s basically the same for the most part.

Alem’s quote says it pretty well. Just take the mic and perform. That’s what I did and you can do the same.

Thank you for reading.

Freestyling 1

Down below is a freestyle from my Instagram that I posted last Tuesday. I went for a trap style on this freestyle and I really like the beat at the beginning since it replicates a typical trap beat.

Hope you enjoy and thank you for reading.

My Beatboxing Story

As many of you may know, I am a beatboxer. I have been beatboxing for a little over 1 year now but it all started with a beginning.

December 31, 2015: I decided to try and do an all nighter for New Year’s Eve. That clearly didn’t work out however, I was watching videos on beatboxing. I don’t know what got me the urge to watch them but I did. The main ones that I remember watching were from the 2012 Beatbox Battle World Championship. A few memorable videos were krNfx vs Alem, Skiller vs Alem and Shawn Lee vs K.I.M. At that moment, I had the urge to learn how to beatbox. It just seemed so fascinating to me and I wanted to try and learn.

The next day, I started learning. The first sound I remember learning was the kick drum. I used several different tutorials for the basics. The first one was krNfx’s playlist on Maker Music and the second was SoCloseToToast’s playlist. Links to both of those below.

Up until that point, I never had any sort of motivation to continue doing something for a long period of time. I never excelled at anything on a community basis except for playing The Trumpet and my academics until grade 6, which is when my grades started to fall off the face of the Earth. I was really motivated to learn and I think the reason why was the drive to be the best, at least at my school. It would seem pretty hard to beat out 800+ other students but considering the fact that not everyone beatboxes, it would be pretty easy to.

My first post of beatboxing was posted on my birthday, January 27, 2016. A link to that will be posted below. It’s really bad in my opinion since I have improved from “just” the drumkit to basses, click rolls, and other sounds. I still keep those basic sounds with me in my beats but I also use more advanced sounds compared to the simpler ones to make a distinct style.

UGLY FACE BELOW. PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

Yes. That is my ugly face. FACE REVEAL. All silly jokes aside, if you look at the comments of my older posts, you will notice a lot of hate. One of the comments on this post is from a person I used to go to school with. He started to cyber bully me after he left my school. I fought back here however I have changed since and haven’t responded to as many hate comments.

I have done a few battles before but none of them were serious. I have gotten crushed a few times but that’s part of the learning process. Lose, learn what you did wrong, improve for next time.

I also have a Discord Server that I host that’s meant for beatboxing. Please join. I’m trying to grow the server more. I have been rather inactive but I plan to do a jam session on my birthday. so please join. The link will be below.

https://discord.gg/T6f6F3c

Other than that, thank you for reading.

This Is Me

This has a lot of things you should know about me.

You were probably led here by the About Page or one of the tags which are perfectly fine. You should already know that I am 15 and that I am from Toronto. Perfectly fine as well. Here are a few things you should know about me before continuing on with my blog page and start following it.

Birthday: January 27, 2001

How long have I been beatboxing for: 1 year

Favourite sound: The Inward Click Roll and Crab Scratch combined

Are lip rolls overused: YES (at least at the moment they are)

Do you play any games: I recently got into FTL: Faster Than Light (and I have beaten it three times already within the span of a month so far), and I have been playing Team Fortress 2 over the span of 4 years and League of Legends for 2 years as well. I also started playing Trackmania Nations Forever again for about a month as well.

Any other hobbies aside from gaming and beatboxing: I write speeches for competitions. This really boosts my confidence so I do them to challenge myself with harder topics that I have good ideas for.

Any love: No

Interested in love: Not really. I have a busy life anyways so I won’t have much time to talk

So that’s all the “serious” questions for you. Here are some “not so serious” questions for you now.

Favourite colour: Blue or black

Favourite beatbox battle: Shawn Lee vs K.I.M or krNfx vs D-Low

Favourite beatboxer: krNfx because Toronto

Favourite class in TF2: Medic main right here

Favourite TF2 class loadout: Crusader’s Crossbow, Quick-Fix, Ubersaw

Favourite TF2 item: The Original or the Kritzkrieg AKA “Wait For Your Turn”

Favourite LoL champion: Caitlyn

Favourite LoL skin: Don’t have any really good ones but I really like Hired Gun Lucian since he’s one of my most played champs

Favourite LoL item: Runaan’s Hurricane

That’s enough questions for one post. That’s basically a lot of the things you should know about me. I plan to do more of these but I need your questions in order to continue this since I lack creativity, so comment below some questions you have for me.

One more thing before I end off this post. Please join my Discord Server.

https://discord.gg/T6f6F3c

This is for beatboxing. I will be posting events I will be hosting on my server and at what time. I highly recommend you download Discord if you don’t have it already (this isn’t sponsored or anything. I’m way too small to be sponsored at least at the moment)

Other than that, thank you for reading.