Get Weird With Beardyman
Beardyman is the name under which North London musician, Darren Foreman, performs. He's perhaps best known for his amazing beatboxing skills and using live looping technology to create entire songs simply with his voice. His tracks cover a mixture of musical styles, but are usually reminiscent of a range of electronic dance music genres from drum and bass to breakbeat to dubstep. However, even if you're not a fan of these genres, there's no denying that he's incredibly talented, which makes him a joy to watch live. Get hold of some Beardyman tickets and you'll see a performance like no other.
Beardyman frequently plays live shows in clubs and other live music venues. He has also played sets at a number of festivals, including Reading and Leeds Festivals, Latitude and Bestival. He has several upcoming UK tour dates planned at this time. He'll be hitting various venues including: Sankeys in Manchester, The O2 Academy in Oxford, The Guildhall in Gloucester, The Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, Thekla in Bristol, The Concorde 2 in Brighton and Koko in London.
At the age of just 10 years old, Foreman composed a symphony for his school orchestra. The stage name "Beardyman" was decided on the fly when Foreman had to come up with a moniker to perform under in order for it to be put on a flyer. Foreman chose the name Beardyman as he had a large beard at the time, but often he has little or no beard to speak of. Beardyman won the title of UK Beatbox Champion in 2006 and managed to defend his title in 2007, making him the first person to win the contest two years running.
Foreman's love for making unusual noises with his mouth began when he was just three years old. However, it wasn't until he saw fellow beatboxer Rahzel perform that he realised he could make a whole show out of beatboxing, rather than just using his talents as part of his performance. He started performing as a beatboxer in 2001, and prided himself on his fun and entertaining live shows. In fact, he thought of himself so purely as a live musician that it wasn't until 2011 that he released his debut album, despite demand for it. Up on stage, it's just Foreman. You really have to see his live show to believe it, but he utilises a range of technology--such as Korg's Kaoss Pad--to sample and loop his own voice in order to make it sound like he's got a full band worth of instruments.
There's really not just one moment which proved to be a breakthrough for Beardyman. Instead, he worked long and hard to achieve the level of fame that he has. There are a number of factors that helped to get his name out there, including opening up for such acts as Shy FX, Skibadee, Andy C., Grooverider, Jazzy Jeff, Terra Firma and Foreign Beggars. Winning the Lyric Pad Beatbox Battle and being named the UK Beatbox Champion also increased his profile.
In 2011, Beardyman released his debut album, I Done a Album, to great critical acclaim. While it may not have performed in the charts, it was lauded for its uniqueness and innovation. Tracks such as "Oh!" (which featured Foreign Beggars), "Big Man" and "Vampire Skank" were among the highlights of the album.
Seeing Beardyman live is an experience you're unlikely to ever forget. As mentioned above, he creates amazing songs using only his voice and some nifty equipment. All of this is done live on stage and is a sight to behold. Beardyman also tends to use a lot of humour in his shows, doing impersonations and creating parody songs. As such, you'll find a fun-filled and electric atmosphere at a Beardyman gig.
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