Many of my heroes and influences are the people I grew up with and some are those I have watched from afar. Many I've met and many I haven't. My heroes include my family, relatives, friends, colleagues,Academy, people of all walks, and the community. Here is a list of those you may or may not recognize who I have been inspired by and have been influenced by in one way or another.
Maximus Ornelas (Sep 7, 2001 - Feb 26, 2017; age 15)
I have not met or known of Maximus George Ornelas until today when I stumbled upon his obituary article and I read that he had passed on due to a severe asthma attack and that one of his passions was to beatbox.
I looked if he had a Facebook and discovered he had videos uploaded of him beatboxing and I watched them.. I can tell he w…
Known as the Godfather of Noyze, two-time Grammy Award-winning vocal percussionist, Rahzel, has mastered, then redefined the art of beatboxing, emerging as a true virtuoso in this quintessential musical art form. Rahzel doesn’t play musical instruments – he is the instrument. His singular ability to re-create full songs without instrumentation, sing a chorus, and provide the musical melody simultaneously, all while providing a plethora of sound effects on a whim, creates an inimitable visual and sound experience. Rahzel is most popularly known as member emeritus of hip hop’s cutting edge band, The Roots, and has lent his vocal talents to musical artists of all genres. His work has touched audiences in over 350 cities, across 40 countries. He …
I get asked from time to time how I got influenced into what I do with the art of beatboxing. To summarize, it essentially started off (during the pre-YouTube era) with Michael Jackson's music, then Michael Jackson as an artist, which gradually expanded to life experiences and other influences including Rahzel, Elaine Chao, and more along the way (i.e. Bobby McFerrin, Michael Winslow, Doug E. Fresh, etc.). To be more specific and in depth... I decided to devote this blog entry about my adventure into the beatboxing realm and the story starts off below this paragraph...
It all began being exposed at an early age during the mid 1980's to the Michael Jackson song "Bad." Also seeing several versions of the music video on television for "Bad" such as the original version…
Over the years I have seen all kinds of musical talents from
different parts of the country and the world. I love the ones that
bring something new or something old with a fresh twist on it, not
straying too much from the origin. One day I came across a guy on a
website that was a music artist. He was very different from the average
music artists in that he performed without any background music. The
music was actually coming from within him. He himself was actually a
musical instrument. I was amazed at his talent. He has fresh sounds,
you can see the energy popping off of him,…