Bouncing to the beatbox beat. . .
Patrick Hirst is quickly establishing himself as one of the leading musicians on the world stage thanks to his unique musical style in beatboxing.
The former Rastrick High School pupil is the current reigning and double UK Beatbox Champion and his stock is rapidly growing.
Patrick aka Ball-Zee performed at the Brits after show party and has held shows across Europe, stunning crowds from the Cetatea Brasovului fortress in Romania to London’s O2 Academy and Twickenham Stadium.
“The show at the Brits went really well,” said the 24-year-old, who now lives in Outlane. “I met people like Sharon Osbourne and Rita Ora which was great.
“I found out that Emeli Sande had the same spot last year and you look at the success she has had since.
“The show gave a real platform for beatboxing and raises awareness of it. It has come a long way over the last two to three years and instead of it being a hobby or a gimmick it is now turning into an art form.”
Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using the mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. It may also involve singing and the simulation of horns, strings, and other musical instruments.
“I got into beat boxing as a hobby when I was 15. A couple of years ago I thought it was something I actually wanted to do as a career.
“I moved to Barcelona for 12 months in 2010 but there wasn’t really a beatbox scene out there but it was when I came back I made my breakthrough.
“It started from there really and when I won the UK Beatboxing Championship in 2011.”
Learning his art through the UK’s underground beatbox scene, he was crowned Grand Beatbox Battle Champion in Basel, Switzerland, in March 2012 before heading to Graz, Austria, to claim the coveted title of Emperor of Mic Champion, beating seven of the planet’s best artists in a nomination-only knockout dubbed as the hardest beatbox battle in the world.
He spent much of the summer performing to sellout crowds at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival as a key member of ‘The Vocal Orchestra’, one of the festival’s most acclaimed shows, appearing live on BBC Radio and television.
On March 9, he will be one of the judges at the Rastrick High’s Got Talent final and will be on the panel to judge the Emperor of Mic competition.
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