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Raf's interview with Reeps One and Hobbit

Posted in: Young people by Darren Leadsom on 20 May 2013
Tagged with: Youth Leaders 2

Raf from More Music's Youth Leadership Group interviewed Hobbit and Reeps One when they performed at the Hothouse on 15 February, here's his interview

Hobbit Interview

What type of music did you listen to when you were younger?

When I was younger, i used to listen to a lot of different types of music, both my parents were heavily into music, so there was everything. My mum is really into classical music and all that kind of stuff and then Motown and all that type of 60s stuff. Then my dad was into the blues and all that kind of stuff, a real mixture of music.

How old were you when you started beatboxing?

I was 13.

How did you get into beatboxing?

I got into beatboxing, I've always been into music, I started with the drums at school then someone showed me a clip of beatboxer called Rahzel, and i started to imitate some of the sounds that he made and kinda of went from there really. I just took it from there, imitating more sounds, listening to more music, and just got a love for it.

Who has inspired you in beatboxing?

Music mainly got me into it, and then i heard Rahzel, who is one of the leading beatboxers back in he day, and another guy called Kenny Muhammad, who did percussion and stuff that really inspired me to do all the percussion kind of beatboxing that i love to do and another UK beatboxer called Killa Kela.

How often do you practice?

Errrm, literally all the time man, its always with me so its kind of like a habit now.

How do you think you got famous?

I think it just hard work man, I got involved in the beatbox scene and then just literally doing shows, putting my name out and doing shows where I've paid my way to get there. Paid for my own petrol, my own train ticket, did the gig and from that gig someone has gone, 'ohh i want to put you on at my night' and offered me a fee and its gone from there.

What was your first gig and where was it?

My first gig, proper gig was in 2004 at a venue called 'Make Some Noise', which was an event run by beatboxers, there was like 50 other beatboxers in the room and I was really scared, and I got on stage and beatboxed and everyone loved it, so it was great.

Where do you think beatboxing is going to be in 5 years time?

I like it's just going to keep evolving, like since I've started, I've been involved in beatboxing for like 11 years now, since i started it's evolved and changed for the better and for the worse at the same time. It's one of those things that keep evolving get better, get more intricate, and involved different types of music and just hit other levels that i think we don't think would ever happen.

Reeps One Interview

What type of music did you listen too when you were younger?

I listened to a lot of classical music from when I was a very young age. I was really just interested in sounds, so not outside of, sounds that can be made outside of the context of music, like theatre and drama, sound design funk, soul, a lot of things my dad played really.

How old were you when you started beatboxing?

I was 13 when i stared making beats with my mouth.

How did you get into beatboxing?

Again my dad, he played me lots of instruments and lots of different sounds and I learnt alot from what my dad played me. So eventually I started to copy all the sounds and started to make my own pieces of music with my mouth and I guess that was when I realised that I could make people dance, so when I could make people dance I was was like right, ahh this is quite interesting. So thats when I started beatboxing.

Who has inspired you in beatboxing?

To be fair, music did, not really other beatboxers. Again, my dad was a massive influence on me. But after I started there were performers like James Brown, artists like Wagner who is a composer, music that inspired me, inspired me to start beatboxing.

How often do you practice?

Every day. I beatbox every day, its not like I have a set time its more of a, it just happens. I beatbox in the shower, I beatbox in my room. (`Raf ... me too!')

How do you think you got famous?

Hmm, from creating lots of stuff, constantly, never stopping and always making stuff that people that like, people think... possibly. The main thing is, constantly performing and constantly showing that I really think and consider proper beatboxing more than just showing off. It's not about showing off.

What was your first gig and where was it?

Woah! My first ever gig, my first ever performance was in school. It was my English teacher, we had done, there was like a project in my English class where you had to be like a radio station, and other side of my class and I'd done a few sounds and my English teacher was like, 'what the hell that's amazing' and basically asked if I could do an assembly. And I done it, this was way before beatboxing was on youtube, so hardly anyone would ever hear it. When I done it in school everybody flipped out and that was like the beginning.

So when you were in primary or secondary school, when you started beatboxing did other people start doing to?

Yeah, yeah, definitely! Lots of people.

Where do you think beatboxing is going to be in 5 years time?

Thats a difficult one. I think there will either be lots of people , err, yeah using it for lots of different reasons, so there will be some people that are maybe session beatboxers, some people that are solo beatboxers, some people who, just basically using it every single way you can to compose and create music or for like theatre or drama.

its really really good a really good job

21/06/2013 12:07:00 by finn

i love reeps one and i the guy how did the review

05/06/2013 12:11:00 by rafel


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