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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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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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

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.

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.

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