With over 10 years of battling at the top level, performing and teaching worldwide and individually pioneering their art form. The Beatbox Collective is comprised of the leading beatbox artists in the UK Ball-Zee, Bass6, Bellatrix, BFG, Experimental, Hobbit and MC Zani. Each credited for their respective styles and statuses, they have merged to form incredibly high impact and energetic shows and were recently crowned as the official World Beatbox Champions in 2015. Ranging from live music production of all genres, physical theatrics and crowd participation, no two shows are ever the same!
Originally commissioned by Shambala festival in 2011 they formed to build an exclusive main stage performance and went on to have done the rounds of the festival circuit for 5 years now with Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Bestival, Lovebox, Secret Garden Party, Boom Bap and many more under their belt, including a self written and produced 5* show and sell out show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016.
With rapid recognition internationally by affiliated scenes and art forms TBC have had headline performances at the World B-Boy Championships, World DMC Championships, Humanbeatbox Festival, Secret Walls and End of the Weak World Finals. This group is opening up eyes, ears and dance floors to the dynamics an elite group of vocalists can deliver.
This is an experience for all audiences, giving the understanding of what can be done with just musical minds and microphones and pushing the boundaries of the human vocals.
MEET THE COLLECTIVE
The Beatbox Collective is made up of a cast of the UK’s top beatbox talent. The line-up includes 3x UK Champion and Multi International Champ Ball-Zee, 2008 UK Champion MC Zani, UK Loopstation and 2x Team Champion Hobbit, World Female Champion & founding member of The Boxettes, Bellatrix, The BFG aka Tobias Hug previously of the multi Grammy award-winning Swingle Singers and vocal bass guru, UK Champs Finalist Experimental and renowned host and pioneer Bass6.
Ball-Zee is one of the leading vocal musicians on the world stage thanks to his unique musical style, signature snares and astonishingly realistic sound effects. Ball-Zee can work to demand and as such he is building a rapidly expanding portfolio of high-profile commercial clients as the phenomenon of beatboxing increasingly grasps hold of the public’s imagination. Ball-zee is the undefeated UK Beatbox Champion, being the first and only 3x UK Champion.
Having performed over 1,500 events since 2004, this high impact act entertains non-stop with his enthusiasm, charisma and incredible vocal dynamics. From battling at the top level to collaborating with a wide range of artists, musicians and brands from around the globe, Bass6 is known as the pivotal element for a successful event with his positive and skilled approach to every performance.
With her broad musical background and bass playing abilities, it was only a matter of time before Bellatrix made a name for herself on the beatbox scene. Her emphasis on musical experimentation combined with groovy rhythms secured her the 2009 World Beatbox Champion title. Along with worldwide recognition for her musical artistry, she is the founder of the girls-and-mouths-only band The Boxettes.
Experimental knows what it takes to get crowds going. From a young age, he’s performed in front of huge crowds in West End musicals, later finding his rhythm as a beatboxer. To date, Experimental has featured in major adverts doing what he does best and has graced some of the biggest festival stages. A longstanding, engaged member of the UK Beatbox scene, Experimental is a hugely exciting young talent.
10 years deep into his career and yet to run out of breath, Hobbit is a household name in the beatbox scene. Live acts around the world and 1st place titles in major competitions have assured Hobbit’s credibility as an artist. Raised in a musical family, Hobbit’s confidence and skill as a performer has won him numerous UK & International championships and battles titles. Hobbit has been selected as a judge of the UK Beatbox Championships and the host of the International Beatbox Convention in both London and NYC for the past several years.
From starting out on pirate radio in the late 90’s, MC Zani is now an institution in the beatboxing realm. Travelling the globe to perform and support top acts like Lupe Fiasco and Justin Timberlake and also tours extensively with Jay Sean. He was a Lead Tutor with Battersea Arts Centre’s Beatbox Academy and was the winner of the 2008 UK Beatbox Championship.
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