Meet Beatboxing Champion Ball-Zee

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To celebrate the launch of our new store in Wood Green at the beginning of April we were joined by beatboxer Ball-Zee. The only artist to ever win the UK Beatbox Championships three times, Ball-Zee is the new name you need to know. TOWER London caught up with the man himself to talk beats, Annie Mac and celebrating in style.

You’ve been beatboxing for a long time now, how did you first get involved in the industry?
It was actually just recently that I hit the 10 year mark, so it feels like I started a long time ago. It was just something that got me hooked from the start. Maybe it was because it was such a niche, and still is, but back then even more so. I just enjoyed the freedom and creative possibilities of it so much.

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You made beatboxing history in 2013 by becoming the first person to win the UK Beatbox Championships three times; how did that feel and what did you do to celebrate?
It felt amazing to become the first ever three times champion. I knew it was something no one had achieved before and, combined with the fact that if you win three times you cannot compete again, it was like the cherry on the cake that I really wanted. When I did get the chance to celebrate I made sure I did it in style!

How do you prepare before going on stage?
It varies a little depending on the show. But it mostly just involves getting warmed up, hyped, focused and excited.

You’ve supported the likes of Annie Mac and Pendulum, which artist or producer would you really love to work with?
There are so many it’s hard to pick a few. I can say I have been working on lots of stuff, some solo and some that may involve other artists. You’ll just have to watch this space!

Who is your favourite beatboxer?
Again it’s hard to pick just one. I like lots of different things about lots of different beatboxers. That’s the beauty of this art form; everyone is so different and there are so many styles.

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What’s next for you?
I have lots of new projects that I’m working on that should be released to the world soon. I’m a perfectionist so it’s taken me some time but it won’t be long until I release them. Apart from that it’s business as usual, heading out to Brussels next week to judge a battle and do a showcase. I’m also really looking forward to heading to my second home, Barcelona, to judge the Spanish Championships this summer.

Any top tips for aspiring beatboxers?
The main thing for me is always originality. Keep pushing for those unique styles and sounds but never forget to have fun with everything. And practice, practice, practice.

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