Beardyman Boasts Bawdy Beatbox Bravado
British beatbox champion Beardyman has carved a successful career out of a niche hip hop pastime by infusing his looped sets with humorous tidbits, as well as a healthy dose of electronic music ranging from garage to drum & bass. A typical set features rhythmic excursions fit for the dance floor, augmented by stream-of-consciousness riffs on everything from the peculiarities of American life to pleas for spare joints.
Beardyman recently brought his act to Brooklyn’s Output, which was delayed a few months because of visa issues. The show was an hour plus rundown of an eclectic mix of the past several years of British-tinged musical styles. Standard beatbox excursions begat the familiar breakneck paces of drum & bass, which blended easily into club-friendly dubstep. Beardyman even kept his cool when his equipment malfunctioned for a spell, riffing on his technician until order was restored.
Lately, Beardyman is keeping busy in between live gigs with his One Album Per Hour project, in which he improvises an entire album based on fan suggestions with guest producers like Jack Black.
A proper album is on the way too, entitled Distractions. To whet listeners’ appetites until then, the man just released an EP, Concentrations.
After the Output, Sensible Reason was lucky enough to spend a few minutes talking to Beardyman about his software creations, the influence of comedy on his music, favorite inspirations, and much more. The whole thing was recorded (which is no small feat if you know anything about Output’s video policy) and you can check it out below.