Being unique in the beatboxing community is really hard to accomplish. For the most part, beatboxers start by listening to others on Youtube and attempt to copy a beat from their favourite beatboxer. They like that person so much so they basically copy their style. Being exposed to other beatboxers is not a bad thing but it’s bad once you copy someone’s style almost completely as it’s frowned upon in the community. So how do you make your style unique?
From my experience, I usually freestyle a lot and try and find a beat that is original that I’ve never heard before. I do this from using my arsenal of sounds and trial and error. Focusing on one signature sound is a good way to separate yourself from the crowd. TylaDubya is one of the best examples of this kind of uniqueness with his signature tongue bass that he uses in a lot of his routines like Primal Fear. A few other examples include Gene’s clicks, Dlow’s Dlow scratch, Napom’s liprolls, Ballzee’s bass, inward bass from pretty much every beatboxer out there and much more. Just using a single sound enough is enough to set you apart as people will associate that sound with your style.
Once you finally find a sound that you like and you want to base your style around, find other sounds that work with that sound. When choosing your signature sound, make sure it’s not used too much as it will take away from the appeal and you might just be called a spammer for it.
Finding a good balance and sounds that work well with your signature sound, now all you have to do is find a way to put it together. Routines are a really good way to showcase your style. The drop is typically where your sound is showcased. More on structure basics of a routine can be found in my post on Jigsaw by Gene and why it’s one of the best routines.
Understanding signature sounds, structure and having a variety of sounds that work together is all it takes to be unique. It will take you a while to find your style but stick to it and that’s what people will know you for.
Other than that, thanks for reading.